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CONTINUOUS Network 2021 Programme Announcement

The CONTINUOUS Network is delighted to announce it’s upcoming programme for 2021 including a selection of Touring Network performances, Zinzi Minott’s CONTINUOUS Commission Black on Black: 24R and a brand new dance work from our  CONTINUOUS x Unlimited commission opportunity.

CONTINUOUS is an ambitious partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Siobhan Davies Dance (SDD), working alongside four galleries and two dance organisations around the UK. The partnership aims to foster dialogue and learning between artists and organisations, advancing the presentation of, and development of audiences for experimental independent contemporary dance within visual arts contexts. Reflecting on our learning from the first year of the project, on Tuesday 15 September, we released a statement regarding our refocused aims and actions, click here to read that statement.

The CONTINUOUS Network comprises of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), Siobhan Davies Dance (London), Bluecoat (Liverpool), Dance4 (Nottingham), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham), The Tetley (Leeds), Tramway (Glasgow), Turner Contemporary (Margate) and Yorkshire Dance (Leeds).

Touring Network Performances

In 2021, three dance works will tour the UK; Satelliser: a dance for the gallery by Janine Harrington & coworkers, Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves’ To Earth and a work from Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome. Tour dates will continue to be announced via our website and reviewed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, keeping in mind the safety of artists, staff and audiences.

These works were selected from a longlist of thirteen artists in 2019, and were invited for their unique approach to experimentation, rigorous processes and strong concepts, as well as their distinct suitability and relevance to the partner galleries at which they will feature. This touring programme reflects our commitment to bring excellent experimental dance works to audiences around the UK.

Satelliser: a dance for the gallery by Janine Harrington & coworkers

Janine Harrington in the middle of performing a movement sequence in the foyer of a gallery space.
Photo by Conor Creaney

Satelliser is a French transitive verb which means to put into orbit. Satelliser: a dance for the gallery is an ongoing performance work realised by an intergenerational group of coworking dance artists. Coworkers cycle through layered labours of moving, speaking, listening and resting over the course of a day, as they hold buoyant space for conversation to emerge.

Coworkers in 2020: Shivaangee Agrawal,Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Karen Callaghan, Iris Chan 陳以葆, Katye Coe, Janine Harrington, Amrita Hepi, Rosemary Lee, Elena Rose Light, Amaara Raheem, Arabella Stanger, Louise Tanoto, Else Tunemyr and Jay Yule.

The work is being redeveloped through an online discursive rehearsal process across 5 time zones through multiple states and stages of lockdown. As we have each navigated scales of upheaval, dislocation, political turmoil and changing personal circumstances, the processes of being together through conversation have both amplified and challenged what we imagined this work might be and do.

Satelliser: a dance for the gallery will tour to BALTIC Bluecoat, and Turner Contemporary (dates TBC in 2021). Find out more.

To Earth by Robbie Synge & Julie Cleves  

Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves sitting down in a forest, smiling at one another. A wheelchair is visible in the left hand side of the frame.
Photo by Scott Green

To Earth considers physical acts of co-operation and a close companionship. With simple ambitions, Julie and Robbie devise novel solutions to share otherwise inaccessible time and space together. Their actions are quiet and personal, bold and adventurous. Performing their shared history through movement, talking, and film this work creates a space to explore, reflect and exchange.

Julie is a London-based performance and dance artist. Julie initially studied BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Art and Design in Leeds. Increasing her physical practice and training, Julie has worked with a number of dance and theatre companies nationally and internationally including Graeae, Mark Brew, Scottish Dance Theatre and SPINN (Sweden).

Robbie’s practice investigates physical/mechanical potentials of bodies and other physical features. His projects allow social and political themes to arise through circumstance and relationship, often through long-term working relationships with professional or non-professional people.

To Earth will tour to BALTIC in Spring 2021. Find out more.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome

Promotional image for Fernanda Munoz Newsome's production of Inchoate Buzz, showing Fernanda moving with arms raised through a crowd.
Photo by Anne Tetzlaff

Fernanda is currently working with partner venues to review what work she will present in 2021 as part of this CONTINUOUS tour, as a result of COVID-19 and the intimate nature of her originally proposed work.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome's practice involves dancing/voicing as a political gesture, presenting in institutions, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting spaces of potential through a holistic approach to the elements at play; dancing, music, voice, light and how the overall environment can stimulate sensations and kinaesthetic responses in the body, allowing ourselves to tune to innate gut and bodily intelligence while in relaxed and attentive states. Recent works include INCHOATE BUZZ (2019), something purple: my whole body overflows with thought (2017), a body rites itself (2017), something orange: our bodies slip slide through knowing (2016), LET THE BODY (2016).

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome will tour work to Nottingham Contemporary and Tramway (dates TBC 2021). Find out more.

Zinzi Minott’s Black on Black: 24R

Promotional image for new performance Black on Black: 24R, featuring artist Zinzi Minott wearing black shiny coat and powerful make up, photo by Kofi Paintsil
Photo by Kofi Paintsil

We are also pleased to announce that following postponement, Zinzi Minott’s brand new CONTINUOUS Commission, Black on Black: 24R, will premiere at BALTIC next year before heading to Bluecoat, Nottingham Contemporary and Tramway. 

Black on Black: 24R is a 24-hour-long performance that explores Minott’s engagement with dance, queerness, blackness and the body as archive. The work interrogates dance as a form of labour and the limits of the body through the exhausting processes of repetition and duration.

Over the span of 24 hours, Minott repeats a solo created from movement phrases donated to her by an extended network of black dancers and artists: “if you could imagine a physical archive of dance”, asked Minott, “what nugget or phrase would you donate?”

Minott will perform her solo amidst a 12-screen audio-visual installation consisting of archival footage and other accompanying material from Minott’s personal image collection with a newly commissioned score composed by Gaika.

Find out more

CONTINUOUS x Unlimited Commission

2020 has seen new partnerships developed within the CONTINUOUS Network. Over the past few months we have teamed up with Unlimited to support the creation of a new disabled-led dance work as our next CONTINUOUS commission. 

A successful two-stage selection process was undertaken by a panel of commissioning partners (BALTIC, Bluecoat, SDD, Tramway, Unlimited) and independent disabled artists, who generously committed their skills and experience to the process. Thanks to those artists: Aby Watson, Chanje Kunda, Laura Lulika and Priya Mistry.

The quality of applicants for this commission opportunity was exceptional and we wish to thank every artist and collective who applied for taking the time to propose their ideas, particularly the four shortlisted applicants who we worked with to develop detailed proposals. It was important to the process that these shortlisted artists were paid for their time to develop these proposals.   

We are delighted to announce the selected commissioned collective: Freestylers

Freestylers will create a new dance work to perform at BALTIC, Bluecoat and Tramway in 2021/22.

Freestylers

Freestylers performing to a busy crowd. One male performer is holding a microphone to their face whilst they sit on the back of another performer who is smiling to the crowd. They are both wearing black tracksuits.
Image by Richie Moment.

Freestylers are an ever-expanding team of artists. We are person-centred and disability-led. Our core members are:

Adam Smith, Abdul Sabir, DJ Hassan, Francis Majekodunmi, Sherrie King, Paul Davidson, Shola Cole Wilson, Roland Carline, Vicky Hawkins, Ben Myers, Rachel Gildea

Our work is about listening and learning from each other. The foundation of Freestylers is made of a team of people who have longstanding creative relationships built on care, support and trust. As our team is made up of artists with and without disability, we are often interrogating the idea of support and care because we believe it goes both ways.

Freestylers provide a space where people can be seen and become a part of a wider cultural conversation about race, class, identity, and gender which is shaping the future. We believe that everyone in our group is powerful, so we are passionate about finding ways to break down conventional power structures and share ownership of our work. We want to celebrate individuals but challenge individualism in the arts.

We use performance and film to look for new and inclusive ways to communicate. We work in gallery spaces in the context of performance art. We want our spaces to feel relaxed and intimate. We want our audiences to be able to come and go, shout and make noise, and to join us when they want to.

Freestylers is a journey and we want people to join us, because we believe that everyone benefits from an inclusive arts scene, it is the missing piece of the puzzle.

We call ourselves ‘Freestylers’ because we love improvisation of all forms.  There is an energy that comes with this inclusive technique that is about discovery, being present in the moment, taking risks and learning new things about ourselves.  We are passionate about taking risks in our work. We understand we can only take risks together in an environment where everyone feels safe.  Where there is a strong emphasis on care and establishing trust. 

We are really excited about this commission. We are going to go on an amazing journey, change the world and make everyone’s wildest dreams come true.

Roland Carline

Katie Hickman, Curator (Performance and Public Programme), at BALTIC:

BALTIC is delighted to have commissioned alongside Siobhan Davies Dance, Zinzi Minott’s Black on Black: 24R, and to also present Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves’ To Earth​ and Satelliser: a dance for the gallery, by Janine Harrington & coworkers. All of these works highlight the physical and layered acts of labour while creating a point of genuine exchange and conversation to emerge. As the heightened awareness of our individual and collective bodies in space increases, this national network provides vital shared learning for visual art organisations and dance artists working together with our audiences both in, and out, of our buildings.

Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme, at Bluecoat:

Bluecoat is delighted to be part of the CONTINUOUS network having first formed a relationship with Siobhan Davies Dance via ‘material / rearranged / to be’ in 2017. As the UK's oldest arts centre we are deeply committed to supporting artists to make work that crosses disciplinary boundaries and in creating new experiences for audiences. We look forward to hosting CONTINUOUS dance artist Janine Harrington, the major touring commission by Zinzi Minott and newly announced Unlimited commission from Freestylers. All of these projects will also involve conversations and input from dance artists in our region as well as much shared learning in the nurturing of dance in galleries.

Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, at Unlimited:

This new Unlimited commission - and its network of support organisations - is vital as we move forward and reimagine the cultural landscape. It speaks to how we profile and prioritise both as audiences and artists, to where both the dance and the visual arts sector place privilege. That sounds heavier than it's meant to - this work by Freestylers is about joy. The joy of authentic connection, the joy of movement, the joy of communities. Unlimited is proud to be a part of this - the commissioning network, the work itself and most of all, the joy! At this time, we all need more joy in our lives.

LJ Findlay-Walsh Senior Performance Curator at Tramway:

We are delighted at Tramway to be part of the CONTINUOUS network which allows us to celebrate our dual role as both a visual art space and performance venue, encouraging the circulation of innovative choreographic works that meet their audiences in gallery spaces. As part of this venture we are presenting Zinzi Minnott's Black on Black: 24R and a new work by Freestylers in association with Unlimited. We are humbled and invigorated to be working with artists whose work paves new ground, encouraging us to further consider who is present and how we meet our audiences.

SUPPORTED BY

John Ellerman Foundation