V/DA are an award winning collective. Sharing the title with MHz on their Total Theatre award in association with The Place for best dance at Edinburgh Fringe. V/DA is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative collective. Crossing the lines between dance, theatre, music and events. The core team are Mele Broomes. Claricia P and Sabrina. Together bringing their experience in dance, producing, costume design, curation and more. We have previously presented works/collaborations at Yorkshire Dance (Leeds) , Riley Theatre (Leeds), Dance Base (Edinburgh), Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, DanceLive/Citymoves (Aberdeen), The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen), Tramway (Glasgow), The Arches (Glasgow), OFTTA (Montreal). The Art School (Glasgow), Jupiter Art Land (Edinburgh), OH141 (Glasgow). Here at V/DA we work in collboration with vaThere most recents works Sonic Seance is a part of Take Me Somewhere Festival 2019 and Grin at Dance International Glasgow 2019
PERFORMER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR:
Mele Broomes is an award winning choreographer being presented the Total Theatre Award in association with The Place for best dance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 for her VOID a V/DA and MHz production in association with Feral.
Mele is Black British choreographer, director, dancer and experimental vocalist. Mele embodies stories from the collective consciousness. Creating visceral and sensory collaborations through her ancestral inheritance. Activating social questions. Remembering and celebrationIng.
Mele has choreographed and performed nationally and internationally at GREC Festival (Barcelona), Dance International Glasgow, OFTTA (Montreal), danceGATHERING (Lagos), The Centre For The Less Good Ideas (Johannesburg), Tramway (Glasgow), Bloc Party (Lagos), Dance Live (Aberdeen) to name a few and has collaborated with Mushroom Hour Half Hour (Johannesburg), Eva Yufra (Barcelona), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Johannesburg), Zephyr Liddell (Glasgow), Ashanti Harris (Glasgow), Patricia Panther (Glasgow), Sabrina Henry (UK), Story Board P (New York) amongst others.
Founder of multi-disciplinary collaborative collective V/DA and co-founder along side Ashanti Harris and Rhea Lewis of Project X Scotland. Project X celebrates dance from the African Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland for adults and children. Through workshops, performances.
PERFORMER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND PRODUCER:
Indonesian-Netherlands movement researcher, artist and producer based in Scotland; Associate Artist with Dance Base, Edinburgh and Project X Dance, Glasgow.
Driven by socio-political concerns around identity, representation and cultural hierarchies within the arts; Claricia facilitates practices through club culture for art forms and freestyle dances focussing on community building; including voguing and house dance.
As a member of the international Iconic House of Revlon she advocates for and supports the development of underground ballroom culture in Scotland; aiming to foreground the LBGTQI community of colour through practices and educational events with collective Vogue Scotland.
Recent and current projects include the sky was pink performance series at Hidden Door Festival and Fringe Festival Heads Up 2018, Chronicles with Project X / National Theatre of Scotland, and There is Movement video collaboration with Corin Sworn, Glasgow International Art Festival.
CURATOR AND COSTUME DESIGNER:
Sabrina researches Black diasporic culture and ritual traditions connecting these to the present day Black British experience, exploring the layers of history we manifest in our expressions of identity. Working on projects such as Hive City Legacy Roundhouse, London (UK), Cosmic Migration Southbank Centre, London (UK), Identity East London Dance & Shoreditch Town Hall, London (UK) , Throwdown Roundhouse, London (UK), Africa Nouveau Nairobi (KY) A Study in Devotion MARKET, London (UK), Orlando Warrior Southbank Centre, London (UK), Rich Mix London (UK), But Where Are You From? Channel 4 Random Acts, Frequency Vogue Italia, Project X Oshun and The Gold , Glasgow (UK)