A commission from Gordon Dougall (director of Sounds of Progress theatre group) allowed McIntyre to link issues of culture, language, and disability to fine art and performing arts practice, through a multi-media project entitled ‘Heid’. Much of the thinking behind this output originates in McIntyre’s collaborative workshops at Northumbria, with Bogdanoff (theatre director and visiting professor to the A&SS performing arts division), and in the planning of the Featherstone Castle Residency studio (see Dorsett, output 4). Both ventures use visual art’s skills to promote the circulation of narrative and dramatic content (often with social or political themes) through intensive workshop improvisations. ‘Heid’ extended this process by offering McIntyre a residency at the MacRobert Arts Centre, where he worked with the Tanzanian theatre group Parapanda Arts Lab on narratives connected to the collision of Scottish and African cultures (it was Parapanda’s first UK visit). The resulting production received critical acclaim and led to McIntyre and Sounds of Progress being commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland to create LSD (Life, Stories, Dreams), a Connecting Communities event in Clydebank Town Hall (June 2006). McIntyre utilised the experience of Heid in a related project in 2006. He was selected to participate in ‘m&de@dartington’, a funded residency at Dartington Hall for musicians, dancers and visual artists from Britain, Holland, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Russia and the USA. This interactive laboratory explored innovative forms of collaborative practice with a view to future project partnerships. The development of ‘Heid’ informed McIntyre’s supervisory contribution to a doctoral project by Craddock, a Northumbria graduate teaching assistant undertaking a PhD entitled: ‘Collaboration in Contemporary Performance Practice’. Craddock’s thesis examines the forming of collaborative identities across distant geographies and diverse cultural locations using virtual performance environments.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 11 Feb 2006|