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International Dance Platfrom Comes to Chapter Arts, Cardiff

International Dance Platfrom Comes to Chapter Arts, Cardiff

The project hosted in partnership with the Dance Roads network is the first Welsh led dance project to be funded with support from the EU Culture Programme and aims to provide the European dance sector with useful tools and contacts as well as supporting the development of five talented emerging choreographers recruited through the network partners.

The DROP programme kicked off in July with the circulation of surveys to over 300 dance organisations and venues across Europe to identify cross-border networks supporting choreographic development. The data collected will provide an overview of each participating network, their activity brief, scale and partners’ information and form an interactive digital mapping tool which will be launched at a DROP Platform event following on from the artists residency in Chapter between 26 and 28 September 2013.

The Platform will host to up to 50 artists, promoters and dance specialist from across the EU, highlighting their profile and experiences and providing an opportunity to discuss current choreographic and dance networks practice. Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Dance department are supporting the programme by carrying out an in depth study on the working practices of the participating choreographers with their initial findings presented to the delegates. This three-day event will also present performances from the international artists and local dance collective Kitsch n Sync.

Coreo Cymru’s Creative Producer, Carole Blade said: This is a very exciting time for us alongside our partners and artists to make new contacts and build stronger relationships with our counterparts in Europe. I look forward to welcoming everybody to taste what Chapter has to offer and providing a platform for new working relationships to be formed.

Wales based choreographer and Coreo Cymru Associate Artist Jo Fong will be representing Wales on this unique project and will have the opportunity to present her work along with the other Dance Roads artists in Spring 2014 at the network partners venues in Cardiff, Bordeaux, Turin, Arnhem and Montreal.

Jo Fong said: This is the first time I will be creating a new work within an open studio residency, sharing and building the work alongside other artists. I’m looking forward to opening up the conversation about creative methods, goals and personal interpretations of what 'process' means for each individual artist.

For further information about DROP please view our website www.danceroads.eu


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