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"VOID ASSAILS YOU, UNNERVES YOU ON MANY LEVELS WITH BROOMES UNSTINTINGLY AT THE HEART OF THE RISK-TAKING"

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V/DA are interested in multi-disciplinary collaborations and working with artists from a variety of backgrounds. Our works are influenced and inspired by social politics, crossing the lines between dance, theatre, visual arts and circus. Presented works and collaborations include; Yorkshire Dance, Riley Theatre, Dancebase, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Citymoves, The Lemon Tree, Tramway, The Arches, La Caldera amongst others. 

Artistic Director: Mele Broomes

Mele is a Glasgow based choreographer, performer, teacher and director. She has been supported by Creative Scotland, Dance Base, Citymoves, Dance House, The Work Room, Buzzcut and Tramway.

Mele originally trained as an artistic gymnast at Southampton Gymnastics. She then redirected her skills in Physical Theatre at Southern Theatre Arts Centre (National Diploma) and there after at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance (B.A Honours Degree). Mele is also a qualified Level 1 Women's Artistic Gymnastics Coach and Yoga instructor. 

 
 

project x is An educational and professional development programme that platforms and champions dance forms within the African Diaspora.

The Project X programme will deliver dance workshops to children and adults, host discussions, screenings and a symposium. Project X will work with emerging artists and choreographers who identify as part of the African and Caribbean diaspora to develop a new piece of work to be presented as part of a work-in-progress Scratch Night in September 2017.  Project X intends to change the conversations and perceptions around dance in Scotland. Through platforming dance forms of the African Diaspora, it will broaden the mainstream consciousness on the history and meaning of these forms. Project X will juxtapose the way in which white european mainstream culture has predominately only adopted the hyper-sexualised interpretations of these dance forms. Therefore, continues the misrepresentation of social dances within the african diaspora as primitive and debased art forms.

As part of Project X, choreographer Mele Broomes will develop and debut a new dance production titled Grin which will premier at Tramway on 13th & 14th October 2017.

Facilitated by: Mele Broomes, Ashanti Harris and Rhea Lewis.Project X Current Partners: Tramway, The African Art Centre, African Challenge Scotland, Africa in Motion, Glasgow Women's Library.If you are interested in collaborating or want more information about the project, please contact Mele Broomes: melanieforbesbroomes@gmail.com

Image by Tom Marshallsay

Image by Tom Marshallsay