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South East Dance launches pioneering new website for artists and performance makers

16 May 2016

With our support South East Dance has launched a new website called The Red Line, a site which enables users to interactively explore the process of making performance. It aims to encourage and support dramaturgical thinking within the personal experience of the preparation, making and presentation of performance work.

The Red Line is the brainchild of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope and is inspired by the French phrase ‘le fil rouge’ (meaning the ‘common thread’ that runs through the heart of a show, or in this case – a making process). It is part of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, funded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The site is for artists, makers, choreographers, dramaturgs, producers and performers, at any stage in their careers. A host of artists including Ben Duke, Charlotte Vincent and Dan Daw have already shared content on the site to explore and demystify their own processes.

The Red Line lives as a site which consists primarily of user generated content. Users can explore how work is made by asking questions, getting advice, share thoughts and getting a glimpse into the secret worlds of other artists, dramaturgs and makers via blogs, videos and audio shared by other users. The site has three focus areas: Prepare, Make and Present; and content can be shared via a blog or forum within these categories.

South East Dance is asking anyone involved in performance-making to take a look, explore the site and get involved by submitting content as well as exploring content submitted by others.

Lou Cope, Dramaturg in Residence, South East Dance said:

‘At last! A chance to share ideas for and experiences of process. This is a great resource for all those wonderful artists beavering away behind closed studio doors. I hope it can offer support, inspiration and validation to them all.’

Elizabeth Mischler, Producer – Artist Development, South East Dance said:

‘We are thrilled to be launching The Red Line. Through this online hub for artists, ingenuity and process, South East Dance can offer a rare glimpse into the intricate world of creation and the many different ways that artists craft their work. We are excited to share this new resource with artists, enabling them to connect, inspire and develop the broad range of knowledge and experience they hold within their practice.’

‘Our approach is to support the processes of learning and making, and here we are delighted to help share more widely the enormous value of dramaturgy in creating excellent new work. South East Dance and Lou Cope have really taken the lead with this new website, it is a fantastic hub of information and conversation for artists.’

www.theredline.org.uk