Correspon[danses] is an arts education project working with young people from four different countries and international artists over a three year collaboration. Now in its second year, the project will reflect the movement of a generation, questioning a society where technology allows us to cross cultural boundaries.
DanceEast is a leading dance organisation, based in Ipswich, England. It is the curator of the Jerwood DanceHouse, the home of Dance in the East of England. It is both an agency for innovation and a cultural destination, offering a portfolio of activities that are simultaneously artist-centred and audience-friendly.
Raising aspiration, engaging the public and inspiring artists, DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that Dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. At the heart of DanceEast’s programme and service delivery is a celebration of diversity, a championing of excellence and a commitment to providing access for all.
DanceEast is the UK partner to lead organisation Ma Scene Nationale (Montbeliard, France) for the Correspon[danses] project. Both organisations are heavily invested in the project and excited about developing this international and digital exchange as a key part of their participation programmes.
In Year 1 DanceEast welcomed the collaboration between Sylvain Groud and Roswitha Chesher for the first time. The residency took place in DanceEast’s state of the art purpose-built Jerwood DanceHouse, on the Ipswich Waterfront.
Over three years, high school students from France, England, Germany and Spain will create filmed portraits that interact with each other through a dedicated digital platform. Each portrait is built over a week-long residency with a choreographer and dance film maker.
The participants work in three different phases between 2014 – 2016. This July, Stage 2 of the project, the creation of a group portrait will take place over five days with the UK school, working with choreographer Sylvain Groud and dance film maker Dr Deveril, in collaboration with Dance Artist Lucy Blahzeva at the Jerwood DanceHouse and on location at East Bergholt High School.