Recipients of Evolution Awards

Award Recipients

The last tranche of awards for 2019.

Anja Meinhardt – Anja’s award will go some way to help purchase a MacBook which will host QLab, allowing her to operate sound, video and lights for her company’s work.

Claire Murray – This money will partly pay to Claire to train, in Italy, to teach ‘Open Source Forms’ improvisational dance technique with the American award-winning choreographer, director and teacher, Stephanie Skura.

Emma-Jane Morbey – The funding was crucial match funding needed for her recently successful ACE bid for the tour of Father Figurine.

Euton Daley – This award will facilitate an education strand for a 3 strand project of exhibition, performance and oral history based on the Windrush Generation experience.

Hannah Ballard – The support will go towards the making of a new piece for Sole Rebel Tap.  One Trick Ponies (working title) aims to be a two woman show, accompanied by a live musician, experimenting with embedding tap dance within the craft of comedy, clown & character.

Ieva Kuniskis – The award supports the Oxfordshire R&D for a cross-generational cast of 5 performers exploring dementia. The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury is also supporting this work.

Joe Lott – The money will be invested in the production, audience development, and artistic development for her Moving with the Times performance of EVA in March 2019.

Miranda Laurence – This support will enable Miranda to continue her professional development investigating how she can support and enable makers to think afresh about audiences, and to empower audiences to develop new ways of watching dance.

Segolene Tarte – The award for Dancing Convolutions: Gathering Momentum aims to support the continued development of her ballet-butoh practice, refining process, exploring ways of sharing it, and R&D on a new piece in collaboration with a composer.

Thomas Page Dances – This funding will help in the creation of a new piece entitled Aporia; an exploration into paradoxical nature of the world we live in, with an undercurrent theme of informational overload.

Teirs 1, 2 & 3 2018 – 2019

Anuradha Chaturvedi – This new R&D project, will undertake to deconstruct the Kathak form stripping down the layers to the very core, baring the essence that is pure movement, rhythm and emotion. It is about reimagining the boundaries that hold the form so that the new language of dance created in this time and space emerges in a more contemporary context.

Lara Hayward – This funding will allow Lara to undertake the Dance for Parkinsons Training Programme. She wants to obtain a greater understanding of the condition and why dance helps so that she can improve the quality of support she provides as a volunteer at the D4P sessions in Oxford.

Adrienne Hart – The funding will help Neon Dance embark on a 10-date nationwide tour of ‘Puzzle Creature’; a week-long exhibition showcasing behind the scenes film & costume from the new work; the rolling out its ‘cultural connectors’ scheme, designed to reach new audiences and wrap around activity focused on enabling visual and hearing impaired participants to take part and creatively thrive.

Joelle Pappas – The award will allow Joelle to have music tutorials and piano lessons with Diana Hinds with whom she collaborated in 2015 on Duet2, an Arts Council funded project. She is hoping that by analysing pieces of music and then playing them, she will understand physically the intentions of a composer.

 Naomi Morris – Through ODF Evolution funding Naomi has been able to continue researching her autistic practice with the support from Sonia Boue. She is now ready to compile work in preparation to present her research in developing an interactive installation piece which will contain a 20 minute performance piece and a stand-alone installation.  This funding will allow her to enhance her her project by working with technologst Neil C Smith.

Andrew Wood – This funding enables him to attend two workshops developing his movement practice for dancing contact improvisation, and give him new techniques and material for Oxford Contact Dance where he teach contact improvisation.

Tier 1 2018 – 2019

Anja Meinhardt –  This support will allow Anja to participate in a professional Outdoor Aerial Training course delivered by Lindsey Butcher and Magalie Lanriot.

Joelle Pappas – Joelle will explore the relationship between a world of abstract sounds juxtaposed with more lyrical phrases, reminiscent of the human voice; and the relationship between pure movement and a gestural vocabulary.

Ségolène Tarte – The award allows  Ségolène to continue her R&D on her solo piece “Body-No-Body” so that an initial version of the full work be ready for showing at “ODF presents…

Tier 1 2017 – 2018

Hannah Ballard – this financial support will help Hannah attend ‘The Performers Playground’ ( training programme. This will help her, and therefore her company Sole Rebel Tap, explore creating work that puts tap dance in a theatre setting.

Roosa Leimu-Brown –  Will be expanding her experience in working creatively with older people with the aim of  establishing her role as an expert in leading dance for older people in my community. The funding will allow her to gain valuable new experience in working with older people and children, and would also build new creative collaboration with other local artists.

Paulette Mae – will be able to purchase specialist sound equipment for the purpose of exploring live and recorded  interactions between the body, objects and environment for her performance project letters in the rain – an interdisciplinary solo exploring weather and impact (inadvertently being affected and effecting) through alternative voices – wet feet, the rain in love, earth, an immortal jellyfish and a waterworld rising. 

Jenny Parrott – will be able to participate in the SDIPT course at Dance Research Studio which will give her an opportunity to develop my skills and ideas as a performer/maker and bring her work to a wider peer group/audience
beyond the familiar friends in the Oxford dance scene.

Ségolène Tarte – This award allows Segolene to jump start R&D in the studio for “body-no-body”.
“body-no-body” is a solo piece that aims to interrogate how the process of living and ageing modifies perceptions of body and of personal nourishment; it aims to explore ways of navigating this ever-changing physical and psychological landscape.

Andrew Wood – the funding will give Andrew the confidence to dance in a performance setting.  It will also allow him to work with a choreographer and produce a choreographed work – something which he’s not previously undertaken.  He will work with a choreographer (Jennifer Stokes) and dance artist (Naomi Morris) to create a series of duets (sketches) which blend Morris Dancing and Contact Improvisation in a project called Morris Remade (working title).

Tier 1 2017 – 2018

Emma-Jane Grieg – the award will go towards organising Mental Health Awareness Training in Sport and Physical Activity, for twenty local Oxford-based dance artists which aims to raise awareness of mental health, and to understand and recognise the causes, symptoms and support options for a range of common and less-common mental health problems in young people.

Joe Lott – funding  will be being used as seed money for a large scale project,  involving a tour of 3 artists’ work to venues in the South. The project aims to foster connections between dance artists across the southeast and develop the creative practices and skillsets of those taking part. The initial seed money will go towards computer hardware to enable Lott to launch the project.

Joelle Pappas – the award funded an intensive course in Mindfulness at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (Oxford University) as a preliminary R&D for a new choreographic project.

Sole Rebel Tap –  the award will support Co-Directors; Hannah Ballard and Lexi Bradburn to undertake physical theatre workshops at ‘Physical Fest’, Liverpool.

Andrew Wood will attend Contact meets Contemporary 2017 and bring the teaching back to Oxford. (Andrew’s blog and reporting).

Tier 1 2016 – 2017

Marina Collard –  funded research for Dream Clean an enquiry into visibility/invisibility in relation to how spaces and places are viewed, felt and inhabited and the physicality of the body and its role within a choreographic framework including different art forms (photography, video and sound). website

Euton Daley – the award enabled the employment of  Bawren Tavaziva as mentor and choreographic dramaturg whilst developing the narrative for #BlackLivesMatter. website

Dance Creative (Angela Conlon & Rhonda Sparrey) – the award will fund R&D for a new work which will explore many of the issues people with early dementia and their carers experience. website

Justice in Motion & Uusikuu – to help development of Kaiho, a cross-art collaboration  combining contemporary dance and vintage live music to interpret the lives and experiences of expatriate women. website

Miranda Laurence – funded the course Relational Dynamics First, an interactive, practice based course covering an eclectic mix of skills, action learning, group exchange and investigation relating to coaching and leadership.

Naomi Morris – will  continue working with Hugh Prior  investigating distorting and abstracting the naked human form with light, lens and computer generated post production effects. website

Claire Murray – funded a diploma from Green Candle Dance to work with older people.

TIER 1  2016 -2017

Sarah Hymans – funded further training in Helen Pynor’s Walk of Life programme exploring non-stylised environmental movement practice.

Roosa Leimu-Brown – funded a diploma from Green Candle Dance to work with older people. website

Paulette Mae –  an interdisciplinary dance project based on the weather – funding was awarded for work with a dramaturg. website

TIER 2 2017 – 2018

Euton Daley – Funding to develop and produce a protest-for-change style of performance consisting of three distinct but interwoven elements, which can be performed separately or together.

Adrienne Hart -Funding to support  2 x 2-week residencies at DanceXchange &  Swindon Dance to develop Mahajanaka, her new work into a full-length 60-minute production.

Miranda Lawrence – Funding to work with Cecilia Macfarlane and Ana Barbour  at Pavilion Dance South West, to help develop her dramaturgy practice.

Lunas Dance – Funding will enable the project ‘There Are No Such Words’ to develop towards becoming a contemporary dance piece, using influence from the Oxford community and involving Oxford-based dancers.

Anja Meinhardt – Funding will allow her to work towards an Aerial Teacher Qualification which she intends to teach in Oxford.

TIER 2 – 2016- 2017

Anuradha – funding to explore and deconstruct kathak to core movement, rhythm and emotion. website

Emma-Jane Greig – funding for her company Body Politic to work with a lighting designer and develop technical aspects for the show Reflections. website

Adrienne Hart – Funding will allow research with music producer Sebastian Reynolds facilitating a new work based on Jataka mythology. website

Anja Meinhardt – funding to support multi-disciplinary project between Justice in Motion & Marieke van Houte on migration. website

Naomi Morris – Funding to enable her to work with Sonia Boue as mentor on a new projecy. Sonia is multiform autistic artist specialising in installation, video and performance as well as paint and object work.