Melange of choreography from students

Bethany Howitt, Zara Newsome, Audrey Sue Kwan, Rachel Louise Proudfoot and Marie Bower in Just My Type.
Bethany Howitt, Zara Newsome, Audrey Sue Kwan, Rachel Louise Proudfoot and Marie Bower in Just My Type.

CONTEMPORARY dance students at Dundee College have had to work collectively to produce Independent Dance Project, which sees 14 students on the BA degree programme choreographing pieces for each other and their colleagues on the HND course.

A total of 30 dancers will take part in the 14 pieces that have been created involving 16 students on the HND programme.

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.

The result is two discrete productions on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, offering an exciting melange of choreography and an eclectic mix of music.

Friday’s performance for instance includes an intriguing creation by Esmee Lobley entitled ‘Just My Type’.

Rather than the usual meaning of the phrase, the type in the title refers to typeface and, utilising the talents of six dancers, the piece explores the demise of the printed word and the use of hard copy.

With music as diverse as Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus to Amy Winehouse’s cover of Lullaby of Birdland, via Born in the USA by the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, the 19-year-old has created a piece which opens with the symbolic loss of the printing press, typefaces, calligraphy and handwriting, before going on to celebrate how the mysteries of print and publishing have been peeled back and are now available to everyone by the click of a mouse.

Swedish student Kasja Lundahl plunged into the world of the supernatural with an unusual look at demonic possession.

Kasja, who confessed to being fascinated by the subject, chose Alison Krauss’ famous song ‘Down by the River” then edited the track with soundscapes she created herself to help mover her piece from the spiritual to the terrifying

Independent Dance Project runs on Thursday, and Friday, March 14 and 15. Doors open at The Space, 7 p.m., curtain, 7.30. Tickets are free on the door on the evening, subject to availability.