Talking Moves Series 2 Episode 1: Building a Team

Talking Moves | 15 January 2021

In this episode we talk to Tamsin Fitzgerald and Gary Clarke about the ‘business of dance’ and the way they have been building a team of support around them.

And of course a business is all about the people…..

Gary and Tamsin discuss how it feels to call what they do a business, and what their underlying core values of that business are. We delve into the moment when one became two (or more) and who those first members of their team were. We touch on how they built their wider network of support – with funders and venues. We explored how they nourish both themselves and their teams. And how could we talk about the business of dance without discussing that most famous of questions: To NPO or Not to NPO?

Gary lets us in on some of the ways he views his work and art with the branding of it very much at the forefront. Tamsin talked about the way her company supports artists to grow whilst contributing to the economy of her hometown in Hereford. They both talk about the importance of being based in their localities and their company relationships with local communities.

Together they discuss the vital role dancers play within their support network as well as the ways in which they care for themselves as they lead from the front – especially when faced with the challenges of lockdown and furloughing.

Who's Who

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Gary Clarke

Gary is an acclaimed British Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company. His theatrical dance works have toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim and have received a multitude of awards including A UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, A Critics Circle National Dance Award, A Herald Angel Award, The Lustrum Summerhall Award and The Brian Glover Memorial Award. His work has been seen in some of the UK’s most prestigious dance and theatre houses including The Barbican Centre, The Royal Opera House and The Southbank Centre. Gary has created large scale stage and site-specific work for a number of other companies and organisations including Birmingham International Dance Festival, Opera North, Sky Arts, Ludus Dance Company, StopGap Dance Company, Akademi, Hull City of Culture and The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gary has also worked as a movement specialist on a number of large scale feature films and including World War Z, JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Mummy. His performance credits include work with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs, Sadler’s Wells Productions, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco Dance Company amongst others. In 2017, Gary was appointed as the first Honorary Fellow at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance along side Wayne McGregor CBE.

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Tamsin Fitzgerald

Tamsin is an acclaimed British Choreographer, Mentor, Facilitator, Teacher and Artistic Director and founder of 2Faced Dance.  Tamsin trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and as Artistic Director of 2Faced Dance has created and toured award winning works nationally and internationally to audience and  critical acclaim, including; State of Matter, Still Breathing, Third, 7.0, In the Dust, Out of His Skin, Two Old Men, KAPOW, Lucid Grounds (as part of Dreaming in Code), From Above (as part of RUN), What The Moon Saw, MOON, Box of Delights and Hollow in a World Too Full. Commissions for Tamsin include: Soap The Show (world tour) for Chameleon Berlin, MTV Awards, Watch This Space with Hofesh Shechter for IDFB, Wings of Desire with Circa for IDFB, GLOW Festival, The Rock for MOKO Dance, Shipley Festival, CUBES for Birmingham Weekender, SOAP for Chameleon, Edge for LCDS and The Human Footprint – a dance film for UCCA Dune Art Museum in China. Tamsin has been awarded the Rayne Choreographic Fellowship, Jerwood Choreographic Research Prize and is a published author. Tamsin is founder of The BENCH an initiative for female choreographers that aims to tackles gender inequality within the dance sector. Tamsin has taught extensively at conservatoires, arts organisations, venues and with companies throughout the world.

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