The Artists’ International Development Fund is a joint partnership between the British Council and the Arts Councils in England and Northern Ireland which opens up international perspectives for artists to expand their horizons.
The Artists’ International Development Fund is more than just a way to put on an exhibition in another country. It gives artists the chance to share their passion with others and get their names out there. Artists build valuable connections and strong networks during their time abroad, as well as immersing yourself in a completely different culture.
“I saw my work benefitting from being exposed to the stunning landscape and cultural heritage of Norway.”
Emily Dosbon, dancer.
Emily Dobson: Dancing with International Perspectives in Norway
Project Title: Dancing with International Perspectives in Norway
Artist: Emily Dobson
Dates of travel: May 2017
Emily Dobson is a dancer and dance artist based in Cornwall. She trained in Contemporary Dance at Bretton Hall College of Arts and has performed nationally and internationally under the direction of renowned choreographers and directors, including Yael Flexer, Emma Rice and Simon Birch. Emily traverses art forms in her choreography. For instance, her dance for camera work toured to Budapest and Russia as part of the ArtKino Film Festival. Emily is also co-founder of Freefall Dance, an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University and an Associate Artist of Hall for Cornwall. Emily’s work navigates her various roles as a dancer, maker and practitioner, thus creating pieces that are beautiful, delicate and captivating. Landscape is a strong influence on her work, as well as her own experiences and those of the people she works with.
Emily decided to apply for an AIDF grant that would allow her to take her expertise from Cornwall to Norway and engage with a Nordic dance community. The kudos of the grant proved vital when communicating with some of Norway’s most well-respected artists, organisations and dancers. “I saw my work benefitting from being exposed to the stunning landscape and cultural heritage of Norway” she says “as well as the high level of technical dance training for professionals and the vibrant dance community. I’ve always been impressed by CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and the Panta Rei Danseteater, which use a unique creation process and variety of artists and movement to engage with wider society.”
During May Emily travelled independently to Oslo to spend two weeks visiting and working with Panta Rei Danseteater in Oslo, which has a strong connection to Cornwall. She arrived just as the company was beginning to make a new show with Anne Ekenes which will tour during the Autumn. As a result, Emily was able to observe, lead, dance, photograph and write alongside the dancers Jens Jeffry Trinidad, Julie Drønen Ekornes and Hugo Marmelada, and musician Marcus Mahatma Amadeus. The visit provided Emily with a new perspective concerning her own, individual place as an artist in the dance scene in the UK, specifically Cornwall.