GDance and Roses Theatre partner to bring Dance Artist in Residence Bridie Doyle to Gloucestershire

In September 2013 our partners, the Roses Theatre, appointed Bridie Doyle as Dance Artist in Residence. The appointment was made in partnership with us, as part of their broader dance development initiative. 

They have long been a beacon for contemporary dance in the region, offering four weekly youth dance sessions for dance enthusiasts aged 4-18yrs but following a successful application to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, they are now doing even more to increase their dance provision, especially for adults in the community. 

The funds have already allowed them to appoint a Specialist Dance Officer and to offer residents in care homes the opportunity to participate in weekly dance sessions, and they are now extending their programme to cater for working women, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a mid day work out at one of their half hour long lunchtime dance sessions.

Bridie will be working to develop a unique full length performance which will be produced in house ready for the New Year. 

She draws inspiration from the aristocratic families of the 18th and 19th Century, especially their fascination with natural beauty, art and nature. 

Bridie is particularly interested in how, by collecting art and nature for the purpose of study, aristocratic families actually defaced and destroyed it and it is this concept that the performance will explore through contemporary dance, aerial dance and character work.

To bring nature indoors, Bridie’s performance will utilise media strands such as film, animation and projection and this reflects the Roses' ongoing commitment not only to dance but to arts across the board. 

The performance will use full head masks representing a family of Deer in order to investigate the treatment of nature and wildlife in aristocratic circles. A site-specific production, staged at a location in keeping with its theme, the performance will raise their profile and see the growth of new audiences. 

Bridie’s appointment not only provides a platform for exciting new collaborations but further enriches their dance offering as children and young people will have the opportunity to work with a talented choreographer and to learn new skills such as aerial rigging. 

Bridie is an exciting addition to the Roses' eclectic programme. 

She is a founding member of Citrus Arts Ltd a Wales based physical theatre company who specialise in touring and collaborative works that include circus, dance and drama. 

Citrus have toured several of their own productions across Wales, as well as one-off spectacle collaborations with leading arts organisations and community groups. 

Bridie also works as a freelance movement specialist and teacher for companies such as Earthfall Physical Theatre Company, Bath Spa University, Nofitstate Circus and Circomedia.

This impressive production will not only be a spectacle in its own right but presents a number of exciting opportunities for The Roses. For the first time outside of pantomime season, they are developing a full length production in house and hope to see it tour nationally in the near future. 

They are regularly collaborating with external dance organisations (like GDance) and companies by holding sample performances and feedback sessions and are confident that this is the beginning of a contemporary dance network which will go from strength to strength.

[from original] accessed 20/111/13

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