Moving through this period of global and societal challenges and a changing landscape for arts and performance, this new cohort reflects the range of artists working in the UK today, bringing distinct creative responses to the urgent themes of our time around social justice, care, environmental sustainability and social activism.
Today, we are proud to announce the new Work Place Artists are
Alethia Antonia, Anders Duckworth, Chisato Minamimura, Elinor Lewis, Jamaal Burkmar, Kesha Raithatha, Kloe Dean, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Simone Mousset, Sivan Rubinstein and Yukiko Masui.
The Work Place Artists were appointed through an open call which drew over 170 applications. A panel considered each application and invited shortlisted artists for a meeting to discuss their work. The panel included Amy Bell (Artist Development Producer, The Place), Christina Elliot (Senior Producer, The Place), Eddie Nixon (Artistic Director, The Place), Subathra Subramaniam (Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Akademi), Tracy Gentles (Creative Director/CEO Something to Aim For).
Eddie Nixon Artistic Director of The Place says,
The Place is a home for dance that we share with many artists, but none more closely than those in the Work Place. Over the last eight years we have learned, created and grown alongside our last cohort. Now, we are looking forward to working side by side with this incredibly creative group of independent artists over the next five years to reimagine and reshape each other’s work.
Alethia Antonia is a choreographer, performer, teacher and researcher. Her work and research questions socio-political ideas and issues mostly in relation to race, gender, identity, memory, and trauma. She uses a range of movement practices and style, and different artistic forms, including music, voice, writing and visual art.
Anders Duckworth is a Swedish /British non-binary choreographer, performer and visual artist. Their cross-disciplinary work aims to blur the boundaries between dance and other art forms, often collaborating with artists and technicians from different fields, to push the boundaries and scope of contemporary dance, and change perceptions of performance and social constructs.
Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist, whose choreographic approaches to movement use Sign Mime, BSL art guide approaches, Visual Vernacular and digital elements to explore sensory and human experiences. Alongside international artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation, Chisato often uses mathematical scores to create choreography, enhancing the experience of dance without music.
Elinor Lewis is a performance artist whose work straddles dance, live art and installation. Her creative practice seeks to playfully unpick themes of uncertainty, risk and vulnerability using bodies and precariously balanced objects. Her previous work toured internationally supported by Aerowaves, The Place, Arts Council England and Pavilion Dance South West.
Jamaal Burkmar, winner of the prestigious ‘New Adventures Choreography Award’ 2015, has since been commissioned by and received support from the Dance Hub in Birmingham, Leeds Dance Partnership, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Mobius Dance and more. Jamaal’s work has a strong relationship to music and sits in many spaces, outdoor, theatrical and online, focusing on audiences, especially those that we rarely see in traditional theatre spaces.
Kesha Raithatha is a dancer and choreographer who embodies Kathak and Contemporary movement. She creates work that is rich in detail and experimentally reconsiders contemporary South Asian dance while being relevant to the current social and political climate. Her curiosity and exposure to a wide range of movement training informs and invigorates her dance-making vocabulary. Kesha is one of the Associate Directors for Aakash Odedra Company.
Kloe Dean has been creating, performing, competing and teaching Hip Hop, Funk and Street Dance Styles at elite level for over 15 years, working and performing worldwide in over 20 countries with a wide range of companies, productions, music artists and communities. Founder and Artistic Director of all-female dance company, Myself UK Dance, Kloe has led and created training, performance opportunities, work and produced a range of events for dancers in London and the UK over the past decade.
Malik Nashad Sharpe is an artist creating performances that are formally experimental and engaged with the construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy. Their performances often utilise social themes and topics as portals to unveil and unearth ulterior and undercurrent perspectives. Often creating underneath their alias and aesthetics project marikiscrycrycry, they have been especially concerned with the affective and textural qualities of dance and how it can transform, disarm, and critically reflect upon mourning and melancholia.
Simone Mousset, winner of the Luxembourgish Dance Award in 2017, started developing her choreographic work through Resolution and Choreodrome at The Place. Now based in the UK and working internationally, she is currently associate artist at Escher Theatre, she is currently associate artist at Escher Theater (LU) and supported by Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom (FR). Recent choreographic commissions include works for London Contemporary Dance School and for the upcoming World Expo in Dubai.
Sivan Rubinstein is a London-based internationally active choreographer whose art uncovers contemporary cultural issues which facilitate creative public conversations. Her work is deeply rooted in collaboration with academics, artists, communities and methods of alternative learning. Sivan was commissioned by Creative Europe, selected by The Place for “Exit Visa”, and given the title of “Exceptional Artist” by the Israeli Ministry of Culture. In 2019-20 she was Artist in Residence at King's College London. Her work has been presented in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Yukiko Masui is a dancer and choreographer trained in Hip Hop and Latin dance. In 2008, she moved to London to study contemporary dance and joined Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban. Yukiko is passionate about bringing different dance forms together, creating unique movement vocabularies and expressing untold stories. She is a recipient of the DanceXchange Choreography Award (2017) and her choreography credits include Norrdans, Impact Dance, The Place, LCDS, DanceXchange, NSCD, Ballet Boyz(R&D), Norrlands Opera and beyond.
Work Place recognises that each artist is different. What an artist needs depends on the type of work they make, their experience, ideas, ambitions and the barriers they may face along the way. Work Place Artists will receive bespoke support including commissions, studio space, producing and national/international touring support, and regular creative meet ups with the whole group, alongside a structured programme of creative and professional nourishment over a 5 year period.
Former Work Place Artists, some of whom have been supported through Work Place since its inception in 2011, will move on to become Affiliate Artists and form a community of critical friends to The Place, as they continue to develop their own choreographic practices and work. The Place will remain a home to these Affiliate Artists, helping to sustain and enable them to evolve their own work, and their ideas, expertise and experience will continue to shape our creative programmes and our vision for the future.