What remains...festival 2016

The WHAT festival series showcases artists who are choosing to ask questions through and of dance. It introduces dance, performance and choreography to a wider audience.

For What remains…, the 6th WHAT festival, we want to celebrate what propels the work of both ID and our partner organisation Siobhan Davies Dance: the way in which the practice of others stimulates, refracts and transforms our own ideas, attitudes and processes. Who we are, what we do and what we make arises through our ongoing encounters with the work of others. We want to explore how excavating another artist’s practice can reveal something about our own.

Call for ideas

Edmund Locard’s basic principle of forensics is that “every contact leaves a trace”:

“Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibres from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint he scratches, the blood or semen he deposits or collects. All of these and more bear mute witness against him. This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value.”

Inspired by Locard’s thoughts, we invite dance artists and practitioners from other disciplines to look at the ‘anatomy’ of an artist: to examine their methods, inspirations, influences, biography or indeed their actual anatomy, and propose a way to share this with the festival audience. Rather than focusing on celebrity or adulation we encourage you to draw out specific traces of their lives and practices.

You will propose a format to share your investigation with the festival audience. This can include performance, intervention, discussion, workshop, lecture, film, presentation, digital, walk & talk, publication or other audience-facing ways of sharing.

Successful ideas will be offered a flat fee of 500, and a production budget of 250-1,000 will be available for each selected idea.

Deadline for applications: 7 September 2015

Please visit www.independentdance.co.uk to download an application pack.

What: What remains...festival 2016
Further Details:
Contact: info@independentdance.co.uk
Deadline: 07/09/2015