Bluecoat Unveils New Dance Events For 2017

Jo Blowers, performing with Company Blu © Brian Roberts
BLUECOAT has announced highlights from its upcoming dance programme for 2017. The events take place as part of INHABIT, Bluecoat’s three year programme of New Dance made possible by support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The programme aims to engage new audiences, including people who have not previously attended dance workshops and events. Working in partnership with Bluecoat on INHABIT are three members of the Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC); Jo Blowers, Paula Hampson and Mary Prestidge. Key moments in the INHABIT programme for 2017 include:
  • New opportunities to take part in and experience New Dance through participatory events in Bluecoat’s public spaces.
  • Debut performances of new work performed by LIC members.
  • Guest performers, including Siobhan Davies Dance with a free drop in week-long performance in Bluecoat’s galleries called material / rearranged / to / be
  • Collaboration work with a new group of learning disabled artists from Blue Room, Bluecoat’s inclusive arts programme
  • An ongoing project bringing creative movement and drawing sessions to pupils at a Liverpool primary school.
  • A series of responsive sessions, workshops, professional development opportunities and networking events.
INHABIT intends to establish Liverpool as a centre for new and improvised dance practice regionally and nationally. Upcoming programme: Weekly from Thu 23 Feb, continuing through the Spring, 2-5pm Post It Jo Blowers will hold weekly events around Bluecoat’s building where she will create movement-based visual performances, tell stories and have conversations with the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in discussion, and to ‘post’ their thoughts on postcards or the online blog. These reflections and experiences will form part of Jo’s research into the making of performance. For visitors who wish to participate in INHABIT following Post It sessions, there will be the opportunity to attend further workshops with Jo. Wed 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar, 2-4pm INSight Paula Hampson will share aspects of her creative process in public spaces around the Bluecoat building, engaging with the public through film, movement, drawing and dialogue. Visitors are invited to share stories, memories and ideas about education and learning with Paula during these conversations. This will form part of her research towards developing a new performance installation in July in conjunction with Bluecoat’s Abacus exhibition. The LIC artists have also been contributing to Bluecoat’s regular Family Weekends, in collaboration with the Out of the Blue project. This aims to support children and families to engage with the arts and is delivered by Blue Room members and Bluecoat staff. The next Family Weekend will take place on Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 March.