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August 2017

Guest artist blog – Forging a cross country creative relationship and new work for Troublemakers Festival

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This year Samantha O’Rourke, a theatre maker based in North Wales (pictured above far left), was awarded an Articulture bursary to support her work with South Wales based Volcano Theatre, building her relationship with the company and delivering a commission as part of Volcano Theatre’s Troublemakers Festival in Swansea.

The Troublemakers Festival focuses on changing the landscape of Swansea high street with site specific outdoor art and theatre. Samantha’s piece focused on local women’s right campaigner Emily Phipps and explored her contributions to the local community, as well as highlighting the wider national struggle for the women’s vote. Here her account of how the bursary support was useful in forging creative relationships and creating work across North and South Wales.

I was thrilled to receive support from Articulture with my recent project entitled ‘No Persons Only Women’, a commission from Volcano Theatre and Swansea Women’s Institute about local headteacher and suffragette Emily Phipps.

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Guest artist blog – Vertical Dance Training with Lindsey Butcher & Lee Clayden at Irish Aerial Dance Festival

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This year Angharad Jones, a freelance dance artist based in North Wales, was awarded an Articulture bursary to train with highly acclaimed Vertical Dance artists Lindsey Butcher (pictured above) and Lee Clayden. The aim was to receive intense training to refine her technique in harness work to allow her to progress in the art form.

Angharad currently works for children’s theatre with Little Light Dance and Digital Theatre, and previously with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru on Dawns Ysbrydion. Whilst many of her experiences have been in traditional theatre settings, it is the experiences of taking dance out of the theatre that have been most interesting to her. Since working with North Wales based Vertical Dance practitioner Kate Lawrence, her vision of taking dance and theatre to unexpected places has opened up her imagination.

Here her account of the training, which she feels developed her confidence in vertical dance technique, and ignited a curiosity to try new ideas, which she hopes to bring to the projects at Pontio’s Circus Festival in North Wales this summer.

In April 2017 I attended the Irish Aerial Dance Festival where I had the opportunity to train in Vertical Dance technique and repertoire with Lindsey Butcher, and explore the possibilities of vertical dance as a duet in a doubles class led by Lee Clayden.

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