The latest activity within the Women’s Voices project sees the start ofa new research and development projectthat uses dance and the arts to create a performance that is authored by many women, unpicking attitudes and behaviours surroundingShame and Honourin relationships towards women’s bodies and sexuality, and weaving together common threads across different cultures.
The projectco-ordinated by Creatve Director Alys North,will be running workshops with 4 diverse women groups across NE this summer inviting creative expression via participative arts processes, drawn from our artistic team’s backgrounds in dance, poetry, painting & installation art.Our professional artists will shape women’s perspectives into an original combined-arts work-in-progress performanceto show back to participants, industry professionals at Dance City & youth audience, presenting the work in October 2017.
Drawing on women’s testimony/creative expressions,professional artists will devise a dance-theatre piece incorporating visual art/text, supported by installation artist Polly Turner, dramaturg Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh & dancers Alice Henry, Nadia Iftkhar & Aya Kobayashi, hosted by Dance City in 6 day residency, ending with sharing for participants, industry professionals/influential programmers & youth audience drawn from partner schools/colleges to: ensure work feels relevant/true to overlapping experience of diverse groups;gain critical feedback to inform refinement and shape our intended plans for a public tour beyond R&D in 2018.
The project will work towards creating a performance that will:
Create a platform where the women we work with can define how they believe their bodies and sexuality should be treated and respected;
Raise awareness of how we all participate in judging women’s bodies and sexuality through exploring how attitudes of shame and honour manifest themselves;
Create a space for reflection about how we can empower, support and respect women better, bringing attention to women’s common experience across cultural differences.