These seven works have been developed during the 10-week Creating Contemporary Performance for Digital Platforms Short Course. The course was developed as a response to the Covid-19 lockdown, enabling artists to reflect on and reimagine their practice to develop performance from home.
This programme of work-in-progress is incredibly diverse, where each of the artists has embraced the opportunity to experiment and expand their current practice. Their hope is to further develop these works beyond this initial sharing and welcome you to join them in a conversation about the works at Q and A events at the end of each night.
The course has been led by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir; an award winning Icelandic performance artist, director and teaching artist based in Glasgow. Her work moves between solo performance, collaborations, directed projects and tutoring work. She has experience of working with sound, music, film, installation and devised contemporary performance in multiple contexts including community halls, schools, prisons, hospitals and theatres across Glasgow and beyond. Her directing practice is mostly focused on process-driven performance making with young people, as well as being a Visiting Artist on the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Gudrun directs and leads multiple projects across Scotland, including Polmont Youth Theatre at HMYOI Polmont Young Offenders Institution, the first youth theatre in a prison in Scotland. In response to the current restrictions, she has re-imagined her projects and solo works for digital platforms, engaging with participants and audiences in new and innovative ways. Her practice is currently focused on how to engage participants and empower artists through digital reimagination of their practice and live performance.