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Dance project brings together Bermuda and Wales

Krystal Smith-Lowe, dancer and choreographer (Photograph supplied)

Two Bermudian dance artists are being offered a chance to take part in a project bringing together organisations in Bermuda and Wales.

Krystal Smith-Lowe, a Bermudian dancer and choreographer who has been living in Wales since 2012, is seeking two Bermudians for the project, titled The History of Us.

Funded by Wales Arts International, Bermuda Civic Ballet, and Ms Smith-Lowe’s own dance company Kokoro Arts, it has created an opportunity for artists with different backgrounds, cultures, and languages to share their experiences.

During the project, which takes place next month, the participants will share their artistic process and practice through discussion and dance sessions.

It is open to any Bermudian dancer or “movement artist”, including those with non-traditional training backgrounds, aged between 18 and 30.

Ms Smith-Lowe told The Royal Gazette: “This is first of many such projects. The purpose of this is research and development is to develop new and strengthen existing connections between Bermuda and Wales, and to share learning and experiences between a small group of artists from both countries.

“It will provide further opportunities for more robust and longer-term projects in the future.

“Each artist will create a blog or vlog that will be shared across the art sectors in Wales in Bermuda. The artists can share writing, images, video clips or whatever they want.”

Ms Smith-Lowe was born and raised in Bermuda where she trained with the In Motion Dance Centre and the Somerset School of Dance.

At the age of 22 she moved to Wales and for eight years worked for the dance touring company Ballet Cymru. She creates her own choreography, is a freelance writer and launched Koroko Arts 18 months ago.

She added: “I am using the company to support young artists and develop them in the sector.”

Successful applicants will take part in ten two-hour remote dance discussion sessions from Wales and Bermuda via Zoom. Two sessions will be led by Ms Smith-Lowe and the remaining eight sessions will be shared between the two Bermudians as well as two Welsh dance artists.

The project will be delivered bilingually with interpreters. Sessions will be arranged around the artists’ prior commitments and differing time zones and artists are expected to take part in all 10 sessions.

Each artist will be paid a fee of $250 to lead their dance sessions and a further fee of $50 for each session they take part in; for a total fee of $650.

Anyone interested in applying should e-mail krystalslowe.contact@gmail.com

Applications should include a brief statement describing their dance practice, either written or audio/video recorded, up to 200 words or two minutes in length.

It should also include one or more of the following: A recent CV; a biography (50 words or one minute in length); photographs or links of work; website/social media accounts where work is showcased.

The deadline for applications is April 19 and applicants will be notified by April 26.

The project runs from May 5 to May 31.

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Published April 12, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated April 12, 2021 at 7:31 am)

Dance project brings together Bermuda and Wales

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