My name is Brita Grov, I am from Stord in Norway. I live in London and work as a freelance Dance Artist in both countries. I am also the director and choreographer of my own company Grov Productions.
Grov Productions has been offered an exciting performance opportunity to showcase a new work as part part of Frontlosjefestivalen in Bergen, Norway next year. Frontlosjefestivalen is a festival that provides wonderful opportunities for emerging artists to showcase new work. As part of this project, Grov Productions have also been offered a week long residency at Cornerteateret prior to the performance date which will enable myself and my dancers to develop and finalise the piece, ready for the performance.
The piece we will be showcasing is entitled Her Past In Their Present Now and is very personal to me. I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 in when I was 12 years old, and have had to learn how to deal with this complex condition for most of my life. This has had a big effect on my general physical and mental wellbeing and has made a huge impact on my life as a professional dancer.
Diabetes has affected my body and mind in many ways, and as a female dance artist, I feel certain pressures and expectations about what a body should look like. My on- going battle with this has become the starting point for this piece.
I am currently working with a group of female dancers (Robyn Holder, Lucia Chocarro, Sammy Furnival, Sophie Thorpe, Georgia Heighway and Hazel Firth). This group of dancers are all from different cultural backgrounds, have varying body types and their own stories to tell. Collectively we have drawn our experiences together and have created something that represents us as a group and as individuals.
Over the summer, we were invited by Spinae Company in Stord to spend a week in residence at their studio to start creating and developing the piece. We also showed a ‘’work in progress’’ at the end of the residency where we received positive and encouraging feedback.
I really believe in this work and want to take it to the next stage, and performing it as part of Frontlosjefestivalen will be the perfect opportunity to do this. The festival will help with marketing the work and will provide technical support and rehearsal space. We also have support from Spinae Company, Bergen Dansesenter, Grov Elektro and Stordflyet. To enable this project to happen, I need to raise £2500 (25 000 kr) which will go towards travel costs, accommodation and providing a fee for everyone who is involved in the project.
Any amount regardless of how big or small will make a significant difference to this project and will be hugely appreciated!
Thank you very much for all your support and wishing each and every one of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
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