A Mini Crash Course in Cloudspotting
Venue: Ground Floor (Old Arts Shop near the Body Shop), intu Potteries Shopping Centre, Quadrant Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1RZ.
This project is a FRONTLINE Arts Festival commission and is many things: a month long installation, a solo dance theatre piece, a resting space, a provocation, a community space, a place for different conversations, a place to tell and hear stories about difference.
The project is inspired by Raquel’s lived experience as someone with chronic pain and her need to lie down (a lot). Her work has previously been exhibited at the South Bank Centre, and National Centre for the Arts, Mexico City. A new version of the piece has been commissioned for Camden Alive 2020.
Raquel is currently developing a dance theatre solo entitled ‘Rest Room’ telling some of 150+ resting stories she has collected.
At FRONTLINE Arts Festival she invites the local community to co-create a resting space, and she will continue to collect stories from people with invisible disabilities about their attempts to rest in public. These will be integrated into the installation, and audience will have the chance to listen to them throughout October. Installation launches 2nd Oct at 3pm. See 1st Oct Workshop to co-create.
Raquel is a UK based dance theatre practitioner. She acknowledges difference and disability as important tools in her artistic process, and ‘rest’ as a creative impulse. Raquel co-founded Lost Dog in 2004 and co-directed all productions up to and including the 2011 Place Prize Winner ‘It Needs Horses’. She re-joined the company in 2015 as associate co-director on ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)’ nominated for a Southbank Sky Arts Award 2016. She is currently associate artist on Lost Dog’s ‘Juliet + Romeo’ which received 5 star reviews in The Guardian & Time out, and continues to tour nationally.
In 2017 she collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw as movement director on ‘The Shape of the Pain’ winner of a 2017 Fringe First Award and published by Oberon. In 2019 she was movement director on Headlong & The Royal Exchange’s new production of ‘Mother Courage’‘ directed by Amy Hodge, which received 4 stars in the Observer.
Raquel also advocates for a ‘The Resting Spaces Network’, asking cultural institutions to widen access for invisible impairment communities by providing resting spaces or horizontal events. Through her projects and talks she seeks to challenge the etiquette of our public spaces and asks us to re-imagine how we might use our public space differently.
For more information on Raquel visit: https://uncharteredcollective.com