Shuffle R&D

Frankie Johnson, Paris Crossley, Lewis Norman. Photo by Mark Simmons

“Just got the ‘live thing’ shivers. It’s been about a year. Woooop!”

“It felt like we were part of the piece. Loved it.”


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Shuffle R&D Phase One

Dance Connect Residency

We’re delighted to share that Katy has received a Dance Connect residency through Bristol Dance Futures to collaborate with the brilliant team and community at Knowle West Media Centre.

The residency will explore the synergies between KWMC’s resources , expertise and communities, and new models for audiences to participate in making and enjoying dance performance. We will respond to KWMC’s ambition to find appropriate strategies and synergies to support creative dance work through conversation and testing of ideas around democratic making.

Grounding the residency in wider Shuffle R&D that seeks to expand the traditional ‘learn the section, perform the section’ models of participatory performance, the producer and dance artists will be supported to learn about and experiment with creative technologies for participation and production, while forging new relationships with audiences and creative collaborators.

Over the year we will work with KWMC’s young creatives, KWMC: The Factory makers, and the local community of DJs and VJs to look at what combinations of mood, movement, music and visuals make us tick. And while we can’t go clubbing, we’ll share stories of the pre-covid times we went out and danced together – the times we’ve felt connected and the times we’ve felt apart…and see what we might make together.

For more information on Dance Connect and Bristol Dance Futures please click here

For more information on KWMC please click here

Evoking the heady collectivism and iconography of UK club culture, ‘Shuffle’ sees the audience take part as voting club goers, engaged in a call and response with DJ and dancers. Part performance, part gamewill we like what we make together?

This R&D project brings together three talented, pulse-quickening, Bristol born artists from the dance battle and streetdance world – Paris Crossley, Frankie Johnson and Lewis Norman, with Lea Anderson directing (The Cholmondeleys, The Featherstoneaughs). The creative team includes Ruth Ramsay as Designer, Liz Clarke as dramaturg and Mufti Games as critical friends.

Based on the chance play order of ipod shuffles, the R&D explores the structure of the work, establishing the ‘rules’ for voting and whether this can work for online, as well as live audiences

Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery awards with generous support from Arnolfini, Artspace Lifespace, Pavilion Dance South West and Trinity Community Arts.

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