Welcome to The Red Line

If you are involved in making performance – as a choreographer, maker, dramaturg, producer or performer – then this is the place for YOU.

THE RED LINE is the brainchild of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope and is inspired by the French phrase ‘le fil rouge’ (which is used to describe the ‘common thread’ that runs through the heart of a show,
or in this case – a making process).

 A place to spark dramaturgical thinking as you experience the preparation, making and presentation of performance work.

A place to blast open the studio doors
delve into the how, rather than the what
reveal process, rather than ideas
challenge
demystify
share and learn

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Featured Video

An introduction to The Red Line by Lou Cope, South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence

PREPARE

This section of The Red Line is all about what you do before rehearsals begin.
What is the preparation process like for you?

How do you begin?
Where do your ideas come from?
How much, or how little, do you know on Day 1?
How do you prepare – alone, or with someone?
What does R&D mean to you?
What do you do outside of the studio?

MAKE

This section of The Red Line explores what happens during rehearsals.
As we all know, it can be the best and worst of times.
What is the making process like for you?

Do you have a methodology or is every process different?
Is there a part of the process that you particularly enjoy, or feel particularly good at?
What mistakes do you most often make?
How do you adapt to different styles of performers?
How do your works get structured?
How do you get through blocks/over hurdles?
How do you get feedback on what’s developing?

How To Get Involved

We invite you to get stuck in and make use of this site.
Use it to ask questions, get advice, share your thoughts and get a glimpse into the secret worlds of other artists, dramaturgs and makers.
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PRESENT

This section of THE RED LINE is about show time:
how to give your work to an audience and how to
articulate it.
What is the presenting process like for you?

How do you cope with technical and dress rehearsals?
How do you prepare performers for performance?
How do you feel about articulating what it is you have made?
How do you gather feedback, and what do you do with it?
How much does your work change by being repeatedly performed?
Do you always, or ever, like your work?

Featured Blogs

Taking the time to talk – a turning point in an ongoing conversation

I first met Claire Cunningham in 2007, over a decade ago now, as part of a lab that I was steering with Candoco Dance Company for artists from across the world interested in the company’s work. There are several very strong images and memories I carry with me from that gathering of people and their…

Introducing Luke Pell, Guest Dramaturg for 2018

Luke Pell, our guest dramaturg, will be delivering eight online offerings over the next few months, discursive sessions that explore his approach to the craft of dramaturgy, threads of thinking that run throughout the work and the ways he collaborates with different artists and organisations as a dramaturg, that will be available on The Red…

Frank please keep nodding

I have not explicitly tackled a personal experience in my dance works before ‘Mothers’. When my first son was born and I was pregnant with my second son it was clear to me that nothing has quite had the same impact as having children. By the time the money for this project was raised, Liinus,…