Dance4 Projects Officer, Emma speaks with our Spring Artists

Dance4 Projects Officer, Emma speaks with our Spring Artists

A number of the artists in our current programme have each been asked eight questions and were encouraged to respond with honesty and spontaneity.


The artists we have spoken to are Gillie Klieman, who’s currently working on Recreation, Kerryn Wise and Tina Carter, who’ve recently presented Awakenings as a Dance4 Sunday Supplement, Sally Doughty, who’s latest work is Quicksilver and is also working on Rennaisance and Stephanie Schober who is currently working on Tracing Gestures.

From these responses we have formed the following article that aims to highlight the artists' voices within the larger context of our spring 2016 programme. We programme works that address our desire to take risks and to be pioneers at the forefront of contemporary choreographic practices.

Where do you feel like dancing today?

GK: I don’t really want to go out of my house today because it’s so windy, so I guess here. I really like it. It’s super-warm and I can see the Tyne Bridge. I saw a robin and a rainbow out of the window today.

KW: In a warm space full of friends, laughter, floor-work and possibility.

TC: In the warmth of my living room in front of the fire.

SD: I feel like dancing in the Dance4 studio, which is exactly where I have been dancing today.

SS: In Nottingham, I am not kidding. There seems to be an exciting community of artists who connect with Dance4.

Name someone you admire and tell us why.

GK: There are so, so many people, mostly artists, friends and friends who are artists or artists who are friends. I guess because I just saw her name in your email, Roberta Jean comes to mind. She’s an excellent, uncompromising, inventive and rigorous artist, always wears great outfits, is endlessly elegant, is smart and funny, and I’m always, always flattered when people mix us up, which happens increasingly.

KW: Anyone who takes the risk to do what they love and trusts that everything will be ok.

TC: David Attenborough, because of his conviction, stamina and unflinching commitment to exploring the natural world.

SD: Nelson Mandela, for his unwavering fight for equality and democracy.

SS: Choreographer Meg Stuart for keeping to challenge conventional modes of presentation and for keeping to create beautiful and original work in this way.

How would you sum up your practice at this point?

GK: Yikes. What an ask! Right now this second it feels creatively full, with growing confidence and excitement, and yet stuck within production structures that can’t support transition very well.

KW: At a point of experimentation, change and discovery.

TC: Continually emerging.  Always loitering in the back of my mind.

SD: Very largely focused on improvisation with a particular emphasis on noticing whilst improvising.

SS: Building on other people’s ideas and drawing inspiration from conversations with my peers and collaborators, in both, my creative process as well as when teaching.

Describe the feel of your skull in one sentence.

GK: The other day my hairdresser told me I had a well-shaped head and that shaving it wouldn’t be so bad. 

KW: Tight at the nape, full in the centre, open at the top.

TC: Well ‘ard but ever so slightly squishy.

SD: When I touch it, it feels nobbly and if I don’t touch it, it feels present.

Describe the UK dance community in three words.

KW: Eclectic, vibrant, challenging.

TC: Multi-faceted. Under-estimated. Necessary. 

SD: Eclectic. Needed. Under-funded (ok – that’s actually two words….)

Name something valuable to you, in relation to your practice.

GK: My friends and peers.

KW: Time, Time, Time….

TC: Time: to play, collaborate, explore, debate, to push, pull, and reevaluate. 

SD: My senses

SS: Time to discuss my thoughts with my collaborating dance artists and other artists in the studio.


For more information about the artists, their performances and workshops or our spring programme, please see the brochure or sign-up to Dance4 News.