Scottish-based dance & theatre company OCEANALLOVER sourced and created 6 paid #freelance dance artist contracts for their 30th October 2021 show through working with #FundFreelanceDance founder Jamiel Laurence.

The opportunity to create a wider dance conversation through bringing together artists from across the U.K. really spoke to OCEANALLOVER's Founder & Artistic Director Alex Rigg, and the dance artists involved were able to access a new and unique perspective on creativity and performing in a non-traditional live event setting.

Thank you to our support venue, The Lanterns Studio Theatre for facilitating this first experiment between #FundFreelanceDance and OCEANALLOVER

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"Alex Rigg has been making live events since 1982. These have taken a number of forms and been shown in several different countries. If there is a common thread to the style and content of these events then it must be a strong need to push boundaries around, to set foot on unknown soil and generally to play with our concepts of art outside its accepted form. He trained as an archaeological illustrator, drystone dyker, blacksmith, fine-artist, dancer, timber-framer and costume maker/designer. His performance work, has been shown in many countries and to many kinds of people. His approach is off-beat and either enigmatic or impenetrable…… decide for yourself. He has worked with, for and alongside many leading creative artists and companies in Scotland. Alex runs a collaborative performance company called Oceanallover whose main preoccupation is to take imaginative and poetic work out into the world using a performance style borrowed from many influences and genres, making reference to film, literature and popular culture. The subject matter of the work is often linked to global and philosophical concerns and encourages its audience to look harder at who and what they are.

The physical reality of the performances are based on a reaction to the given location and the viewing public. The audience are often as surprised as the performers to find themselves in the middle of something odd, and this element of surprise certainly helps to give the work an edge. The size of the cast and the complexity of the presentation is also governed by the location.

Design forms a major part of the work and one in which Fine Art and performance meet most closely. The costume is complex and innovative, drawing on influences from historical and cultural icons to architectural or geological forms. The work is constantly evolving and made to a high standard.

My company label has had several permutations and transfigurations over the years. The name Oceanallover was adopted by myself and Florencia Garcia Chafuen in 2003 as a way to move into a new stage of our lives; Flo has been a collaborator in many of my projects up until 2018 and worked alongside me during that time to help create a dynamic creative space for the company to work in. Many things have been made and unmade since then and I hope to continue taking new steps every day." - www.OceanAllOver.co.uk