DANCE UK CHOREOGRAPHER TO CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD WITH CHARLOTTE VINCENT, 2015
‘Although this process is not new to me, I have felt boosted and inspired’
Supported by Dance UK’s Choreographer to Choreographer Award Scheme, Scarlett came into VDT’s rehearsal process for 21 YEARS / 21 WORKS to gain further insight into how an established choreographer balances different roles, notably in terms of leadership – how to delegate, employ, run a company, strike the right balance between being ‘hands-on’, direct and sensitive.
DANCE UK OBSERVERSHIP WITH CHARLOTTE VINCENT, 2013
‘The Dance UK Observership allowed me to witness Charlotte Vincent ‘in action’ as a choreographer and to hear her views as a maker, company director, producer, forum curator and more. It was inspiring to get to know such a ‘hands-on’ practitioner who multi-tasks so much yet who is utterly focused and committed.
I spent time in the studio watching Charlotte and VDT company re-working MOTHERLAND for performances in Edinburgh and the U.S. I was glad to catch them in the process of re-visiting a piece of work, able to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities this entails. I got to further understand the work and Charlotte’s approach in making it; I was particularly interested in learning from her collaboration with musicians, her use of a rehearsal director, and her structural decisions.
I also got to ask Charlotte her views on making work, running a company, collaborative practice, funding and sustainability in the current climate, audiences and the question of compromise, and of course on women’s careers and representation in this industry. I benefited from the openness, pragmatism and honesty with which Charlotte responded: she shared information, opinion and advice, and in our final conversation generously offered to be a mentor beyond this observership.
Our encounter has mattered hugely to me as an emerging choreographer and female dance practitioner soon to be a mother. It has re-affirmed in me the important ‘stuff’ such as knowing why and what I want to make, taking risks, valuing periods of reflection/non-making as part of ‘practice’ and building on them.’