Trouble and Strife was a programme of new dance created by four Plymouth based female choreographers in celebration of International Women’s Day, which toured the South West in 2012.
The four choreographers, Sue Smith, Jane Castree, Jules Laville and Sally Robbins are worked in collaborative partnerships, with established cross art form artists, to produce original works that challenge ideas about dance and its audiences. The aim of the project was to produce new dance work of a high quality, provide opportunities for regional dance artists to devise and perform new work and to offer opportunities for innovation through collaboration with other artists. In addition, the project aims to strengthen the network of regional venues and partners. Sue Smith explains: There are few opportunities here in the South West to create and tour new works and this project aims to develop a network of venues and partners that are supportive and like minded in order to pave the way for other events.
Jane’s work Moving from the Body was created in collaboration with interactive artist Lee Nutbean and explores the multiple layers of movement within the body and invites the audience to experience the synthesis between the internal and external.
Trouble and Strife was commissioned by Plymouth Dance, developed in residence at the Dartington Space with support from the Dartington Hall Trust and The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and funded by Arts Council England.