Charlotte Grant Early Career Artist Award – Waiting On It

Graduating with a First-Class Honours at Dance City, Beth then joined Mapdance, postgraduate company at the University of Chichester, touring works by Anthony Missen, José Agudo, Didy Veldman and Liz Aggiss internationally and gaining a Masters in Dance Performance with Distinction. Beth has since worked and performed with SBB Dance, Kiran Kumar and Fertile Ground and her work Kenopsic Subconscious has toured across the region with Lo-Giudice Dance. Her choreographic work collaborates with her own writing practice, using stories and philosophy to greater examine the human condition. She hopes to create inclusive, meaningful, considered and genuine art experiences for both the artistic and wider North East communities, which continue to form, shape and provide a home for her.

‘Waiting On It’ is a multi-disciplinary project exploring the concept of waiting and our individual relationships with passing time. While exploring this with light, in an intimate collaboration between words, metaphor and movement, this also explores personal stories relating to the philosophies in Alan Watts’ lecture ‘The State of Absolute Nothing’; ‘it takes nothing to have something.’ Do good things come to those who wait? Or is there no use waiting? What are we left with after the wait and what do we each make of the in-between?

Beth said “I am delighted to be one of the recipients of the Charlotte Grant Early Career Award through Dance City’s Commissions 2021-22. The values of my artistic work are centered in artist and community investment, so to have the support of Dance City; the agency for dance across the North East and the place where my own dance journey began, feels particularly poignant.”

Image Credit: Andrew Worsfold