Announcing our current Align artists

We are excited to be working with four fascinating artists and artist duos during the period 2018-22 as part of our Align programme. 

Flexer & Sandiland, Disappearing Acts. Dancers Luke Birch & Aya Kobayashi. Photo Chris Nash

Align offers artists 18 months of professional support, including the help of a producer as well as practical and financial help tailored to suit their needs. This support is designed to help artists maintain their practice in between funded projects, as well as giving them the headspace and capacity they need to develop creative ideas and take advantage of new opportunities.

By listening to, advising and developing relationships with artists across the south east, we identify those who might benefit most from Align support, and each year approach a small number to invite them to join the programme. 

Our Senior Producer Lou Rogers has been working with artist duo Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland since early 2019, helping to produce their new live work Acting Our Age – an intergenerational piece performed by a cast ranging in age from 20-75 and created in collaboration with choreographer Galit Liss.

We’re currently working with Choreographer Janine Harrington as she creates two new works. Some Times is Janine’s first full-length show and explores togetherness on a non-human scale: bacteria, electrons, and tectonic plates. The second, Screensaver Series, is a body of work spanning live dance, sound and digital, exploring the properties a dance might have if it was a screensaver. 

In Autumn 2020, we will be working with dance duo Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry of Thick and Tight as they respond to political and social upheavals and changes happening in the dance sector. This includes new socially-distanced work for second year students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a series of short political and satirical dance films, and the development of new solos to add to their existing series. Lou Rogers is also helping Daniel and Eleanor as they research how best to implement an equality policy to uphold Thick & Tight’s ethos.

We will be announcing our fourth Align artist later this year.

To book an Artist Advisory session to find out about all the support we can offer artists, please contact our Artists Development Assistant Producer Pip Sayers at pip.sayers@southeastdance.org.uk.