Candoco, the dance company made up of both disabled and non-disabled performers, is offering a training opportunity for professional dancers this summer. Its International Summer Lab runs from 13-17 August at the University of Roehampton in London.
In addition to working with newly appointed co-artistic directors Charlotte Darbyshire and Ben Wright, participants will also pair up with guest artists Henrietta Hale, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Ben Ash from Dog Kennel Hill Project (DKHP).
Commented Darbyshire and Wright: “Having followed DKHP’s work closely over the past 15 years, we jumped at the opportunity to invite the collective to lead our International lab this summer. Valuing the sensitivity, rigour and humour inherent within their work, the lab will be a unique and exciting opportunity to engage with the group’s collaborative practice, weaving overlapping threads of enquiry and seeing how connections are made between different creative approaches.”
The lab will consist of daily sessions focussing on awareness and the senses, as well as specific workshops like Wayfaring Encounters and Messages from The Field. The total cost is GBP270 (€305), with a small number of bursaries available to support attendance for disabled artists. The price does not cover travel, meals or accommodation, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 1 June.
Candoco is also offering a free creative dance project aimed at disabled and non-disabled people age 13-25. Dancing Letters sees participants spend a week exploring the relationship between words, letters and movement. The session runs from 29 May – 2 June.