In 2019 PUG was supported by the Sunday for Sammy Trust to pilot a new mentoring programme.
Three North East based artists/companies were selected through an Open Call application process to receive mentorship from Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Mamoru Iriguchi and Scottee. We hope to produce similar programmes in the years to come. In the meantime please look out for the brilliant artists and companies below.
Selected North East artists/companies 2019
Lila Joy Naruse is a professional contemporary dance performer and choreographer. Her movement is expressive and fluid, grounded with floor work and release techniques. Using the emotional and a physical connection of the whole body as inspiration she wishes to address themes concerning humanity and social issues.
Sorcha Gibson is a Canadian scenographer, and recent graduate of DAMU in the Czech Republic. She carefully selects materials and spaces, creating tactile and changing environments which often prompt a visceral response. Sorcha is based in Northern England, where she is a member of the Collective Studio cohort 2019 – 2020.
Based in Newcastle; What’s That Dance was co-created by Megan and Jenny in July 2019 after receiving a bursary from Curious Arts. They were recently awarded The Charlotte Grant early career artists commission from Dance City for their work ’dare you: Question The Love Between Girls’ a dance theatre work that highlights issues surrounding female relationships, sexuality and gender stereotypes.