East London Dance's WeDidThis campaign closed on 20th September 2011, having exceeded its funding goal of £1000 with 30 donations.
I am Caroline Bowditch and I am creating the most ambitious artistic project of my career. Here is your chance to dive into my think tank of ideas and get involved with this large-scale touring outdoor multi art-form production.
I have received an Unlimited commission - an initiative celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad but I need your support to realise my full vision.
Leaving Limbo Landing is a project about journey, placement, displacement, settling, arrivals and departures. Inspired by my move from Australia to the UK, the process of leaving, of being in limbo for 18 months and finally landing has provided the catalyst for this work.
To bring this all to life - imagine aerial artists, swimmers, dancers, amazing costumes, a newly commissioned soundtrack all performed around, in and above three giant water tanks. Yes you heard right - 3 giant water tanks - performers will dance around the tanks, be suspended over the tanks, perform in the tanks, maybe even do a 100m dash around the tanks – so having the tanks are very important.
We are touring to a range of public spaces across the UK from July – October 2012. The performance will be as spectacular as any stage show you have seen – however my intention for this ambitious production is that it is free for all to attend. Everyone has a story of leaving, the theme is universal so anybody can engage.
We are looking to raise funds to build and fill the three giant water tanks (please see video for further information). You can donate in a number of ways and with our reward system your support means you will be directly involved. The least we request is that you support us with what you think the cost of this ticket would be if in a venue. A kind of ‘pay what you think its worth scheme’.
For more information about the project get in touch with www.eastlondondance.org or follow my journey on my blog www.leavinglimbolanding.tumblr.com which will chart the creative process of conceiving, creating and performing my most ambitious project to date - who knows where we might end up!
Caroline Bowditch: Artistic Director / Choreographer
Caroline is an independent disabled dance maker and performance artist and has been living and making work in the UK for 8 years. She’s passionate about creating work that is accessible to audiences using clear ideas or concepts and as a result produces robust and multi-faceted work.
Caroline majored in performing arts for her Education degree (Deakin University, 1990) and retrained at University of Melbourne and worked as a Genetic Counsellor from 1997 to 2002. She has been dancing in mixed ability companies for 14 years and since arriving in the UK in 2002 she’s been mentored by Adam Benjamin, CandoCo and Yael Flexer (Bedlam Dance).
Caroline has choreographed and performed work as girl jonah with Fiona Wright (showing at British Dance Edition 2006, Dance Umbrella 2006, Dublin Dance Festival 2008); was commissioned to produce a site specific piece for Trafalgar Square as part of the Liberty Festival (September 2006). She was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Arts Award in 2008 which allowed her to work with a composer and live musician, Chris Benstead, for the first time. The piece, proband, used her unique genetic mutation as the basis for the choreography and music.
Since April 2008, Caroline has held the post as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change.
East London Dance: Producer
East London Dance is a dance development organisation and produces a wide range of dance activities for people of all ages living in East London and beyond. This includes anything from staging performances and large scale events, to running workshops and classes, teaching in schools, providing training for teachers, and professional development for artists. East London Dance is one of the lead hubs for Big Dance - a national campaign to get everyone dancing. East London Dance are supporting Caroline in producing this ambitious production through creative, production and business development. ELD are also championing the project through raising its profile and finding more performance and funding opportunities. If you are interested in booking the performance please contact Creative Producer Polly Risbridger:firstname.lastname@example.org
East London Dance is a registered charity no. 1053735
This project offered its funders the following rewards:-
A feel good give
Equivalent to theatre ticket
Postcard signed by Artistic Director
Invitation to VIP launch event
Named 'thank you' in the programme
Framed photograph from the exhibition
A day with artist Caroline Bowditch in the studio
Executive Producer Credit