what_now, the latest in the ongoing series of What… festivals, once again takes up residence at Siobhan Davies Studios in South London this April. Initiated by Independent Dance co-director Gill Clarke, this series of festivals is a showcase for the incredible innovation and diversity of contemporary independent dance artists working today.
Preceded by What If (2010) and What Matters (2012), both curated by straybird, 2013’s what_now has curator Frank Bock seeking to unearth and explore both the nature and the significance of ‘context’ in defining new developments in dance and choreographic thinking, both in the UK and abroad. Bock sets out to achieve this through an eclectic and thoughtfully diverse programme of performances, screenings, installations, talks and workshops, all accompanied by the presence of choreographic thinkers in residence.
Amongst the artists participating are Neil Callaghan, Katye Coe, Phil Coy, Michael Kliën, Lizzy Le Quesne, Sheena McGrandles, Gradinger & Schubot Ivana Müller, Theron Schmidt, Gigi Argyropoulou & Hypatia Vourloumis.
what_now is presented by Independent Dance in association with Siobhan Davies Dance and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Produced by Artsadmin.
Alongside the festival, Bock will host both a Mentoring Lab and an Artists' Mentoring Scheme. These aim to investigate the artist / mentor relationship. Mentoring Lab supported by Marion North Mentoring Scheme through the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and Sadler’s Wells.
Take part in a performance with Ivana Müller
Ivana Müller is looking for volunteers to appear with her in her upcoming performance 60 Minutes of Opportunism at what_now on Friday 5 April.
We are looking for 15-20 volunteers ranging in age and gender, especially those who are not professional performers. The performance will involve two appearances: two tableaux (around 6 minutes each), one in which volunteers are covered in a cloth, and the other is of the same tableaux without the cloth.
We are also looking for a ‘mountain man’ who will have a third separate appearance on stage. He will join Ivana on stage where she will climb onto his shoulders; therefore this participant needs to be able to hold approximately 62 kgs on his shoulders for 5 minutes.
You'll need to arrive on the day of the performance at 3:45pm and be available until approximately 9pm. Ivana will explain the performance and give full instructions. The performance is at 8pm and lasts an hour. You'll be asked to come in normal day attire (no tracksuit bottoms or black tights) and four participants will be asked to bring a backpack. No previous performance experience is required, though sense of timing and not having stage fright are handy assets.
Volunteers will receive a free day pass to what_now festival on Friday 5 April, and also a free day pass of their choice for either Saturday 6 April or Sunday 7 April.
To apply, please send a short paragraph (no more than 150 words) stating why you would like to participate, along with a full length photo, to Alana by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on Wednesday 27 March.