Royal & Derngate’s presents an on-line movement festival

Following the success of the first Gen-Fest in November 2020, Royal & Derngate’s Generate talent development programme is thrilled to announce Gen-Fest Movement, an all-day on-line festival dedicated to supporting the work and development of professional and emerging artists.

Taking place on Saturday 20 March 2021, this festival has a focus on movement and dance with performances, workshops, CPD, Q&A’s and networking, offering development opportunities for dancers, choreographers, movement directors and actors, across the region and beyond.

The day’s events include a Q&A with renowned choreographer Sir Richard Alston, a workshop with movement director Jo Meredith about devising movement online and a workshop exploring integrated and accessible practice by Jamie Beddard, Co-Artistic Director of Diverse City. There will also be a chance to see Parable Dance’s new film about inclusive dance practice, followed by a panel discussion, and one-to-one mentoring opportunities with movement director and theatre choreographer Diane Alison-Mitchell.

 Royal & Derngate Creative Learning Associate Erica Martin commented “We had a great response to our first online Generate festival in November, so I’m delighted that we are able to offer another event to showcase the talents of some of the diverse and incredible artists making interesting work in our region and beyond, who all have a great enthusiasm for sharing their wide range of knowledge and skills. This time we are concentrating on movement, and I hope that we will be able to offer more events in the future focussing on a range of disciplines.” 

Launched in 2016, Generate is Royal & Derngate’s year-long artist development programme which aims to strengthen the artistic community in Northamptonshire through connections, collaborations and conversations. Local artists take part in a year of initiatives that help curate new work with Royal & Derngate providing more than 500 hours of staff time, 22 days of rehearsal space and more than 60 workshops and events for each year’s artists.

Since 2012 nearly 2,500 artists have been supported by Royal & Derngate’s artist development programmes leading to three writing commissions, eight Assistant Director placements and partnerships with Plaines Plough, Perfect Pitch, Diverse City, National Theatre Studio, China Plate, High Tide, Improbable and The Pleasance to name a few.

The festival is pay ‘what you can’ and, once booked in for a day ticket, customers will be sent a link which can be used to access any of the events during the day (apart from the one-to-one mentoring sessions, which are limited in number and require separate arrangement).

More information and details of how to book can be found here.

Royal & Derngate are delighted to partner with Deaf Hub on this event.