Artist Curator Commission: Artist Announced
Dance Base Scotland are delighted to announce that we are commissioning Two Destination Language to curate a programme of work to be presented at Dance Base during the week of the 15th-20th February 2021.
The Artist Curator opportunity is one of the many and varied artists commissions Dance Base Scotland has been proud to initiate thanks to support from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland via the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund – essential funding support for the sector which aims to reconnect artists, audiences and venues after this time of separation. Two Destination Language will work with the Dance Base team to curate a week of creative activity in the building that will reanimate the studios, reconnect artists and audiences and provide opportunities for artists to create together again.
The Artist Curator was allocated by a panel consisting of Dance Base’s Artistic Director Morag Deyes, and members from the Dance Base Artist Advisory Group
. The panel were intrigued and excited by the proposal and look forward to seeing what the week will bring.
Directors, Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva, said :
"We're delighted to be working with Dance Base on an initiative which brings artists together and lets them share work with audiences despite the uncertainties this year has thrown at us. We're looking forward to reanimating the Dance Base building, to the cross-pollination which results from artists sharing that building, and to ideas which reflect the uniqueness of this moment. I really hope that we'll see ideas from artists of all disciplines and all parts of Scotland who want to explore movement in relation to their practice. It's a chance for people to experiment in form and content, and see how ideas land with audiences. After so long in our own homes, I'm also really looking forward to what happens when people can create in physical proximity. We really want this to feel like an experiment in what's possible, not a struggle with restrictions."
Two Destination Language create intercultural dialogues in theatrical forms, installations, print and working with people in their communities. The directors – Scotland-born Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva, a Bulgarian migrant to the UK – embody their intercultural approach. They believe that art shifts how people see themselves and the society we share, and that dialogue within their work and about it afterwards achieves that.
They particularly think about difference -- which can be about ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status and more -- in the work they make, the people they work with and the audiences they reach. They have worked in city theatres, rural farms, empty shops and art galleries across the UK and internationally from Azerbaijan to Ukraine (alphabetically) curating festivals, supporting artists and presenting their own work.
Recent (2020) projects include Lone Wolves, reflecting on migrant experiences of service work (with National Theatre Scotland); an online FIELD residency offering artists space to reflect on the future of their practices with a book anthologising their thinking; and Fault Lines, celebrating diverse female perspectives in a visual feast accompanied by six audience-selectable soundtracks (part of Manipulate 2020; touring curtailed by covid).
Supported by Creative Scotland with funding from the Scottish Government