International Artists' Residency

A Partnership between Dance Makers Collective (Australia) and South East Dance (UK)

Rap: To talk or chat in an easy and familiar manner.

Port: A safe haven or harbour.

A three week creative residency and community engagement exchange.

24 June – 12 July 2024, The Dance Space, Brighton UK
2024 Rapport Artists: Eliza Cooper and Mitchell Christie

Rapport is a transnational exchange partnership between Dance Makers Collective (AUS) and South East Dance (UK), supporting dance makers to develop work in international contexts, building bridges and sharing practice between English and Australian dance artists and their communities.

Initiated in 2022, Sydney-based artists Emma Harrison and Amy Flannery were supported to develop Wolverine at The Dance Space, Brighton – South East Dance’s new home for independent dance in the South East of England. Wolverine premiered in Sydney Festival 2024 as part of a double-bill of solo dance alongside Oona Doherty’s seminal work Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus.

Rapport enables a reciprocal residency exchange where, in alternating years, a small cohort (single or pair) of artists working on a project with movement at its heart are invited to work internationally, exchange with the local dance and artistic community, between these like-minded organisations. In 2023, DMC hosted Jennifer Irons from the UK in Sydney, connecting her with the local community and supporting the development of her dance work Bad Immigrant.

Jennifer Irons grew up in Yukon, Canada and now resides in the UK. She is an award-winning choreographer, creating large-scale mass movement for international outdoor festivals, working across commercial music videos, film and TV, and making dynamic new work for theatre.

Find our more about Jennifer and her work at her website: https://www.jenniferirons.co.uk/

In 2024, Rapport supports artists Eliza Cooper and Mitchell Christie to develop new work and professionally develop their practice in exchange with local groups at The Dance Space from 24 June to July 12.

Rapport is an ongoing commitment to supporting independent dance internationally, creating meaningful connections and exposing artists to new creative communities globally.