Working together for IndepenDance Day

Dundee College contemporary dance students prepare for IndepenDance at The Space.
Dundee College contemporary dance students prepare for IndepenDance at The Space.

CONTEMPORARY dance students at Dundee College have had to work collectively for IndepenDance Day, which sees 14 degree students choreographing pieces for 19 of their colleagues on the HNC programme.

A total of 14 pieces have been created for the production, including two films and one installation which will involve audience interaction with the dancers on stage.

As well as the audience being invited to work in ‘partnership’ with the dancers IndepenDance Day is really very much about interdependence, with the degree students and those on the HNC 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 HNC students.

This involves complex timetabling as the HNC 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 also utilises a wide variety of music, from classical to electronica courtesy of Mexican born Murcof, and Welsh wizard Aphex Twin.

IndepenDance Day runs on Thursday and Friday March 3 and 4, curtain at 7.30 (bar from 7pm).

Tickets (£6 and £4 concessions) from The Space Box Office call (01382) 834934.

Dundee College is also offering a pre-theatre supper (£12) for the Thursday performance, for details phone the Box Office.