CONTEMPORARY dance students at Dundee College have had to work collectively to produce Independent Dance Project, which sees 18 students on the BA degree programme choreographing pieces for each other and their colleagues on the HND course.
A total of 32 dancers will take part in the 18 pieces that have been created one of which is a site specific, taking place all over The Space.
While entitled Independent Dance Project, the production is really very much about interdependence, with the degree students and those on the HND programme having to work closely together.
Each of the degree students has had to create a piece, between 10 and 15 minutes long, which will be danced by HND and their degree classmates. This involved complex timetabling as the HND students continued with their own course work as well as learning their fellow students’ pieces.
“Both the degree students and the HNC dancers have had to display a massive amount of flexibility to achieve a high standard of choreographic work with excellent performance skills in what is a very varied programme ,” commented director Lee Lappin. The result is two discrete programmes, with a variety of different performances on each of the two nights.”
This eclectic mix of dance styles, including solos, duets, and multi-part pieces, uses a variety of music, from film scores to Chopin, and specially written soundscapes to work by Norwegian duo Deaf Center and big band leader Tommy Dorsey’s version of Tea for Two!
The choreographers have explored a diverse range of themes for their work: examining why people look back to the past – even though there is nothing that can be done to change it; loneliness and understanding yourself; and bigotry hatred and fear.
Independent Dance Project runs on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, curtain at 7.30pm (bar from 7pm). Tickets free on the door, subject to availability.