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Residency at Sadler’s Wells for TL Lecturer

Fri 9 July 2021

Award-winning choreographer, performer and teacher Susan Kempster to develop new work at the iconic contemporary dance venue.

Trinity Laban Lecturer in Dance Susan Kempster will enjoy a week’s research residency at Sadler’s Wells this summer to develop a new intergenerational duet. The project – working title Mother – will see Susan partnering with a recent dance graduate to explore identity and gender.

She explains –

“I kept thinking, ‘I don’t want it to look like a mother and son’. Then I had the idea to reverse the roles, so the young man will wear a dress and be the mother. Reversing the gender roles opens up all kinds of questions we might explore around identity and non-stereotypical relationships.”

Supported by the Foyle Foundation, Sadler’s Wells’ Artist Residencies programme is an investment in independent dance artists, giving them the opportunity to get back into the studio to think and play.

Susan, who has recently secured an Arts Council grant for her research, hopes to perform a version of the work in Italy at the end of August.

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