title. Somewhere North of Here
company. The Artifact Dance Company
role. Choreographer and Performer
location. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
date. 2016 - 2017
There’s an unprecedented pride in being from the North. But sometimes that pride becomes dangerous. In the early hours of the 24th June 2016, the world changed. With the result of the UK’s EU referendum, many people began to reconsider their feelings towards where they are from. Somewhere North of Here is a piece of dance theatre which looks at the cycles of political behaviour throughout history, how a Northerner once ran North and is now noticing others running behind her. It tracks a history that keeps repeating itself, asking why, when the world around us takes a dramatic turn, do we always run North?
Since 2011, I have been choreographing to words, rather than music. Somewhere North of Here uses interviews and news broadcasts as a soundtrack. The piece is performed to a configuration of seats, inspired by the compass. The audience arrange themselves based on how far north they were born. I interact with “northerners” and “southerners”, playing out experiences of moving across borders.
Photo and video by Ian Abbott.