One hundred  contemporary dancers applied to audition for a chance to work with Science Gallery Venice’s Earth Water Sky artist in residence, Emma Critchley.  The auditions were to select up to 8 dancers to then do try-outs for the next stage of the project – soon to be revealed. 

In the first weekend of October, just 18 dancers were selected to audition at the Earth Water Sky development partners for Emma’s project, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (CSC) part of Operaestate Festival, based at Bassano del Grappa which is in the Veneto region. This is one of Italy’s top centres for contemporary dance.

Working with Greta Pieropan, a member of CSC and herself a former ballet dancer, artist Emma Critchley led two 2 hour workshops, with one group of dancers in the morning and the other in the afternoon, taking them through different experimental exercises to see how their imaginations translated ideas, sounds and visions into movement. From imagining they were ice melting or a bubble of atmosphere from millions of years ago to thinking about communities and environments responding to climate change, every move was recorded and analysed to see who was right for developing the project.

Watch this space to see who was selected for the next stage. And to find out what that next stage exactly is in the exciting  experimental world of developing an arts/science work of  contemporary art.

The Earth Water Sky 3 year residency program is:

-curated by Ariane Koek ​
-fully funded by Fondation Martine et Didier Primat

The 1st residency year's Creative Development Partners are: 
-Y40 - Deep Joy
-Centro per la Scena Contemporanea