The Work Room is excited to be hosting the next edition of STRE-TCH in Scotland in March 2022! The STRE-TCH Scotland Creative Lab is a professional development intensive for artists with an established community dance practice. The artist lab will be a space for sharing practice, creative collaboration and enabling connections. It is hosted by The Work Room (Scotland) on behalf of the Keðja network of European dance organisations. This project is funded as part of the Connect & Collaborate programme by the British Council and Creative Scotland.
STRE-TCH Creative Lab will delve into the themes of dance as a community practice and sustainability (both human & environmental). It will be a space for artists experienced in community dance work to exchange experiences and ideas. Through the lab, we are interested in collectively re-imaging a sustainable future for dance and international collaboration. The lab will bring together 11 artists from across the partner organisation countries. Artists will spend four days at Wiston Lodge, a rural, residential centre providing facilities on-site to live, eat and practice together – both inside and out of doors. Over the weekend they will be joined by representatives from the Keðja partner organisations for discussions, presentations and opportunities to engage with the dance community in Scotland. To round off we will be leading our visiting artists in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh!
STRE-TCH Scotland 2022 artists & organisations
· Agnese Bordjukova (LV)
· Anna Koskela (FI)
· Ásrún Magnúsdóttir (IS)
· Aya Kobayashi (SC)
· Eva Svaneblom (NO)
· Greta Grinevičiūtė (LT)
· Himadri Madan (SC)
· Mette Møller Overgaard (DK)
· Üüve-Lydia Toompere (EE)
· Veera Suvalo Grimberg (SE)
· Veronika Valdés (SL)
· Bora Bora (DK)
· Contemporary Dance Association (LT)
· Dansverkstædid (IS)
· Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (NO)
· Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union (EE)
· Förvaltningen för Kulturutveckling (SE)
· Latvian Dance Information Centre (LV)
· PTL Dance Theater Ljubljana (SI)
· Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland (FI)
· The Work Room (SC)
STRE-TCH Creative Lab will be co-facilitated by independent dance artists and choreographers Janice Parker and Nadia Iftkhar. Janice and Nadia will be supported by Creative Lab Assistants Jenna Corker and Eoin McKenzie.
Keðja is an informal, international network of dance organisations. Together we aim to create open meeting places for those working in dance. Keðja facilitates events that gather individuals from dance communities to meet, share and learn together and empowers dance professionals to connect and collaborate.
‘All art has the potential to be an act of quiet, or noisy, activism.’
– Janice Parker