Sunday, 10 March 2013

dance at buzzcut

Here's a problem - how does a poor critic address the complexities of the Buzzcut programme? A worthy successor to the first edition, year two's artists number fifty and they are going to take over that area around Mono for a few days at the end of the month... and even the most ardent follower of emerging work would be revealed as a liar if they claimed expertise on all the artists?

I won't even try. I just asked Nick Anderson, one of the curators, whether there was much dance on the bill. And, like co-curator Rosanna Cade, his positive attitude tells me as much about the events as the details.

"Looking at it now," Anderson says, pondering my lazy question. "There's a lot of work which gravitates around some kind of dance inquiry!" He is appropriately careful not to give too much away - or define the artists' work too closely. "There are some pieces which have a shade of dance practice/process, for example Will Dickie, Laura Bradshaw, Louise Ahl and Ultimate Dancer, however these works and artists wouldn't define their work as dance work -  I don't think."

Inadvertently, Anderson has managed, in three artists, to expose part of Buzzcut's nature: Ahl and Bradshaw are both familiar faces in Glasgow performance - Dickie less so. But Anderson notes there are other pieces that have a cheeky bop at their heart.

"Rosana Antoli invites audiences to be dancers in her piece at the Glue Factory. You get headphones and a specially made piece of music," he says. "There's also more about that work but I won't give it all away! But it sounds really great!"

"Katy Dye and Gabriel Spector will invite you to have a dance with death in a few slots over the course of the Glue Factory day as well. Philippa Clark and Lou Brodie also invite us to the Rules of the Tea Dance Party which is part silent disco, part re-telling of gathered dance floor stories through the years!"

It's not enough for Buzzcut to have loads of artists, spread out of the traditional venues - frankly, the plans this year are making site-specific look unambitious. They have to break format boundaries as well.

Stay tuned as I try to keep up with the genre busting. Cheers, Nick.

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