Annual summer programme by contemporary youth dance company Y Dance
From the Shetland Islands down to the Borders, the prospect of spending a summer with Project Y entices young dancers from all quarters of Scotland. Now in its sixth year, this unique programme, run by Y Dance, gives 16-21-year-olds a chance to work with four professional choreographers, before going out on tour.
But with 90 young people auditioning for just 25 places, you need more than good technique to stand out from the crowd. ‘In the practical audition we do look for a certain level of technique and performance quality,’ says Anna Kenrick, acting artistic director of Y Dance. ‘But the main element we’re looking for is a passion for dance – a real energy and interest which comes through not just when they’re dancing, but when they’re being interviewed.’
During the rehearsal period, the dancers will help shape four very different works created by Kenrick herself, Y Dance’s assistant director Yvonne Young, and freelance choreographers Ruth Mills and Marc Brew. All the while being treated as if they were in a professional contemporary dance company.
‘Our ethos is to try and push youth dance to its full potential,’ says Kenrick. ‘Just because they’re young people we don’t need to treat them differently. I think sometimes choreographers go in thinking that they’re creating a youth dance piece – so it comes out looking like a youth dance piece. Whereas if you go in thinking I’m going to use the bodies and minds I have in front of me appropriately, then you can make some very high quality work.’
RSAMD, Glasgow, Wed 27 Jul, then touring.