Dance preview: Project Y
Choreographer Yael Flexer talks about YDance's annual summer residency
Each year, for four weeks, some of Scotland’s brightest young dance talent arrives in Glasgow ready for a challenge. Run by YDance, Project Y is a unique chance for them to work with professional choreographers, then tour to professional venues – all before they’ve started their professional careers.
The benefits for those 16-21-year-olds is clear, but what about the choreographers? Well, in these financially challenging times, the chance to work with a large group of dancers in a creative hot house is tempting. But it’s also because YDance – Scotland’s national dance organisation for young people – has made an international name for itself.
‘It’s a really high level company with a good reputation,’ says Yael Flexer, one of four choreographers commissioned by Project Y this year. ‘And I’ll be working with an exciting group of young people that can bring a lot to the work.’
Israeli-born, now Brighton-based, Flexer is in good choreographic company. She shares the bill with YDance’s artistic director, Anna Kenrick, Swiss-born Jürg Koch, and Edinburgh duo Errol White and Davina Givan.
Flexer is mindful that her piece will be made last, and seeing what the others have created may determine what shape her piece takes, to ensure a diverse bill. But, more than anything, it will be the young people in the studio that help define which direction she takes.
‘I bring lots of ideas and techniques with me,’ she explains, ‘but I tend to work from the people who are there, it’s really about what excites the dancers, and what happens in the studio.’