Opportunity: Call Out for Singer/Dancer

Still from Between a Whisper and a Cry, 2019, courtesy of Alberta Whittle and DCA

Grand Union is looking for 1 professional dancer or 1 singer of Caribbean descent who is interested in performing to camera for a video piece for visual artist Alberta Whittle.

This video will focus on community building and hope whilst challenging negative historical stereotypes about race that still linger. A dancer or singer, ideally a woman of Caribbean descent with an interest in gospel, as well as contemporary dance, is needed for a sequence that will explore how colonialism was justified through the church.

The performer should be based in Birmingham. The dancer should be experienced with making her own choreography and be able to respond to a range of musical traditions, from jazz to hip-hop. The singer should be able to sing in a traditional gospel style.

The performance day will take the form of being on location, with artist Alberta Whittle directing and Sima Gonsai filming.

Rehearsal & meeting the artist: Thursday 20 January 2022

Performance to camera: Thursday 10 February 2022

Where: Grand Union Gallery & Warley Woods, Birmingham

Fee: All-inclusive fee of £250 for 1/2 day rehearsal and 1/2 day filming / performance to camera on location.

How to apply: If you are interested in this project, please send your CV and information to kim@grand-union.org.uk by 6th January 2022.

Minerva Apothecary Garden, Alberta Whittle, summer 2021.

Background information

Grand Union Gallery wishes to collaboratively embark on a long-term project to aid in the much-needed healing of our Birmingham community. We have commissioned British-Barbadian artist Alberta Whittle to present a new long-term body of work, Congregation (Creating Dangerously Remix), beginning during the lead up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Using public sculpture, film, workshops, and community gardening, this proposed work seeks to address and redress issues surrounding use and ownership of land.

Artist Biography

Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9. She is the recipient of the Frieze Artist Award 2020, and was nominated for the Turner Prize 2020. In 2022 she will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale. She was a Committee Member at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow and a Board Member of SCAN (Scottish Creative Art Network). Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to work collectively towards radical self-love. Informed by diasporic conversations, Alberta considers radical self-love and collective care key methods in battling anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance.

Legacy

Following the recording and performance to camera on 10 February, this footage will be used in a larger film piece to be shown during the Commonwealth Games. On 1st August, we will screen this film in Birmingham Cathedral, as well as various locations following this TBC. This forms part of the Commonwealth Arts Programme 2022, and is supported by them and Arts Council England.