Jo Ashbridge 'Going Places' TURN Prize Winner 2014
In April this year, Jo Ashbridge a dancer from Hull, won the Turn Prize 2014 in Manchester with her multimedia performance piece, Going Places.
Dividing her time between the North West and Hull, Jo curates and organises Danza!: the annual showcase of Contemporary Dance staged in Hull.
Thisisull caught up with Jo ahead of Danza! 2014, to find out just how, winning the highly- coveted award, will benefit her career in Performing Arts;
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'This year was my fourth sharing at TURN and my first time performing solo. I have presented solo work at TURN’s sister event, Emergency, in 2009, which showcases live art and contemporary performance, though never really felt that my solo work fitted in to dance specific platforms.
With this piece, I have incorporated more choreographic elements and plan to further explore its movement vocabulary when developing it. However, it will always primarily be about how the movement acts to portray an idea - in this case the inability to stay present in the moment, the tendency to constantly cast the mind to other times and places, and the surreal nature of this kind of involuntary mind activity.
I consistently look for the humour within things and create work with a sense of fun and irony, which has definitely been the case with ‘Going Places’. TURN has presented me with a fantastic opportunity to develop my practice over the years and I’m hugely honoured and excited to develop and tour this piece with the support of the TURN Prize': Jo Ashbridge (Turn Prize 2014)
In the spirit of collaboration and a move to open up the event to different art forms, this year Danza! will feature a cross-discipline program, with artists and creatives being paired with dancers, in order to create new work for performance. Applications are open to artists from any field or discipline.
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Deadline for applications is 2nd July.
Judging by the appetite for the shows on dance stages at last year's Freedom Festival, dance of all kinds, is becoming increasingly popular in the city. Coupled with inclusive events like Danza! and competitions such as Hull Dance Prize, contemporary dance will certainly play a vital role during Hull 2017.
To find out more about Danza! 2014 which will be taking place on 15th August 2014 at Fruit on Humber Street.
Danza! Hull is supported by funding from Hull City Council and Arts Council England.
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