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4 February 2021
Author: The Place

A celebration of Resolution! - Gary Clarke

In normal times, our theatre would be buzzing with artists right now, presenting fresh work and new ideas as we kick off the new year with our annual Resolution! festival. We miss the excitement of Resolution, and we miss giving early-career artists the opportunity to have our main stage, and use the festival as a springboard to launch their careers. To celebrate what Resolution means to us and to the dance community, we have asked former Resolution artists to take a trip down memory lane and tell us about their own Resolution experience.

 

Gary Clarke, Resolution 2005

What year did you participate in Resolution and how did you come to be in it?

I think the first time I took part in Resolution was in 2005. I was part of a collective called 'The Core’ which was made up of graduates from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and we were keen to collaborate. Kath Duggan who is an Associate at Punch Drunk and Gavin Coward, Creative Associate at balletLORENT were also members. Resolution was one of the few platforms back then to show case early work and it also had a great reputation for being a place to get seen by the industry. We applied and got accepted and contributed 2 years running. It proved to be successful for us.

If you were not a choreographer presenting, what role did you play at Resolution?

I was a co-creator and a performer within the work.

Tell us a little bit about the piece you presented? What was it about? Where did the idea come from? Where were you in your professional development as an artist at that time?

I was in the early stages of developing choreography so I used the project to explore different themes and modes of working in a collaborative context. It was a piece called ‘Core Blimey’ which looked at many themes and ideas. It was influenced by all sorts. We were young and creative and enjoyed smashing things together to see what the outcome would be. There was not one choreographer or idea, but many. It was a fun and quirky work that looked at gender, sex, comedy and friendship.

Looking back, what do you remember about the experience? What did you take away?

We had a great time. I remember us getting some great responses and we were amazing at how full the theatre was. It felt very exciting to be presenting work in one of Londons major dance houses and something that I know we were all very proud of.

What happened next? Where are you now in your career? Did any of the partnerships formed at Resolution last throughout your career?

Shortly after doing Resolution I decided to focus more on my own work as a solo practitioner but very much kept my relationship with The Place. I naturally progressed to showing work as part of their Touchwood Season then Spring Loaded and now having my own work as part of the professional theatre programme so the pathway from Resolution to the touring circuit works!

What would you wish all the young makers/dancers/writers/designers for the future?

Resolution was a great platform for many reasons and gave me an opportunity to start a relationship with the theatre.  Know that you are part of a big programme and that your work has to stand out. Make bold choices and don’t be afraid of experimenting.

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