Creation Space 2015
Since opening in 2009 the Creation Space has supported the work of a range of artists and companies to create and develop their practice and work. With previous residencies including Akram Khan Company, Hofesh Shechter, Russell Maliphant Company, Charlotte Vincent Dance Company, Lone Twin, Featherstonehaughs, Michael Clark Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company amongst other acclaimed artists; through to those at the early steps of their practice, the Space has supported artists at every stage of their careers.
2015 saw the Creation Space support a diverse range of innovative work from over twenty companies and solo artists; from contemporary dance to theatre, aerial, family theatre and CPD workshops the following artists undertook residencies over the last year:
Lîla Dance, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Milk Presents, Kezia Serreau, Joli Vyann, Verity Standen, Gravity and Levity, Bootworks Theatre, Max Calef, Upswing, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, Lost Dog and Phillippe Blanchard, National Centre for Circus Arts supported company 12 Feet Tall, Search Party, Probe, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, Akram Khan, Stopgap Dance Company, Pirates of the Carabina, Sharklegs. The Space also hosted The Point's Elevated programme and sister venue The Berry Theatre's 2015 Christmas Little Red Riding Hood.
Supporting artists and companies at varying levels of their career, from emerging artists such as The Point's Associate Artists SharkLegs through to established collaborators such as Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and Gravity and Levity, the Creation Space is able to support companies and artists at different stages of their R&D process.
In November Pirates of the Carabina undertook a residency to develop aerial piece FLOWN! in preparation for a further tour and Christmas performances. The creative team hosted three workshops whilst in residency; a CPD session for dancers keen to develop aerial skills; a flying workshop for a group of Eastleigh Young Carers; and a workshop for Mighty Dance an integrated group which saw the Company fly a wheelchair user for the first time in the Space, allowing professionals and community groups in our Borough to access professional aerial workshop and practitioners.
Artists confirmed to return in 2016 for a residency in the Space include The Point's Supported Artist ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, previous Eastleigh Unwrapped artists Max Calef, Acrojou and Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, plus Verity Standen and Frozen Light Theatre.
Image: Lîla Dance