Two artists from Compass Commissions, The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership’s flagship artist development scheme, have celebrated recent successes, demonstrating the power of the Partnership to create platforms for artists with exciting potential.
Dan Daw, whose solo BEAST debuted as a Compass Commission in 2015, scored a hit at the prestigious annual dance event British Dance Edition, which took place in Cardiff in March. Along with a number of Trinity Laban alumni, he took to the stage at Chapter Stwidio Seligman. Dan is now touring India with Candoco Dance Company, with whom he is an Associate Artist and performer, in Studies for C by Javier de Frutos.
Meanwhile, Trinity Laban alumnus Tara D’Arquian celebrates critical praise for her latest work Quests, which debuted in February 2016. The second instalment in her In Situ trilogy (which debuted its first part as a Compass Commission), Quests (pictured) took its audience on a journey through Greenwich’s 1930s-built Borough Hall, the home of Greenwich Dance. This new site-specific, interdisciplinary work drew admirable reviews from London Dance and also Dance Tabs, the latter of which described the work as ‘reflective and multi-faceted without being grandiose’.
As the only commissioning scheme funded by Arts Council England to be co-hosted by a Higher Education institution and a dance development agency, Compass Commissions is well-placed to offer a unique supply of support comprising both physical and intellectual resources. The programme enables innovative concepts to thrive, giving companies high production values with the potential to tour.
For 2016-2017, the Compass Commissions artists are Stephanie Schober, Botis Seva and Tom Roden and Anna Williams.
Imagery: Foteini Christofilopoulou