Nerea Gurrutxaga: Poza Project Artist in Residence


Kinning Park Residents

The first in a series of articles focusing on Kinning Parks permanent and visiting residents.

 Poza Project have been resident within the Kinning Park Complex since January 2016. Offering workshops in dance and music, residencies and film screenings. Poza brings together people who work in different artist genres, giving them the opportunity to collaborate, inspire and learn from each other.

Dancers, Movers, Musicians and Sound Makers

Nerea Gurrutxaga:Poza Project

Interview with Nerea Gurrutxaga: Poza Project Artist in Residence

Originally from Basque Country, Northern Spain, Nerea graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School where she studied a range of dance genres. In 2013 she participated in an exchange programme with the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen before going on to secure an Apprenticeship with the Scottish Dance theatre in Dundee, where she worked with many different choreographers.

Now a freelance dancer Nerea is interested in discovering dance where she feels most comfortable. With a strong interest in improvisation, Nerea is currently focused on expanding the possibilities of her body and pushing its limitations.

Nerea is running two free classes this week at Kinning Park on Thursday 3 March and Friday 4 March 11am – 12.30pm open to all dancers, movers, improvisers and physical actors.

What has been the focus of your residency?

 I have been exploring the limitations of my body. I start my day by focusing on one particular part of my body. I will normally spend an hour and a half exploring movement and how the different parts of my body are connected. The second part of my research is to write down how these experimental processes make me feel and the impact they have on my mental and sensory state.

Why is this an important part of your research?

 I use these physical tasks as a way to inspire improvisation in my practice. The outcomes become the ideas and compositions of my performances. It is an organic process, I never know where these exercises will take me or how I might feel. It also helps to generate ideas on ways to communicate my research and experimentation to an audience.

How have you found working within Kinning Park?

 I really like working in a non-institutional space. It generates a feeling of freedom which is normally difficult to experience in a building. I also love the architecture of this building.

Has working in a different type of environment had an impact on your work?

 Yes, I have been inspired by the activity in Kinning Park it is full of people doing different things, coming and going all the time. Sometimes it is noisy but at other times of the day it can feel quiet and empty. As Kinning Park is such a large building that definitely provides an intensity to my work on a sensory level.

Do you always work alone or are you collaborating with the other Poza Residents?

 I focus on my residency for part of the week, which is just me working alone. I also take part in ‘Music/Dance Improvisation’ led by Solene and Jer. Their practice is primarily focused on the relationship between music and dance. Taking part in this is separate to my other research, it’s a different thing.

To conclude your residency you are taking part in ‘Sharing’ with other Poza Project Dancers and Musicians. Do you see a conclusion in your current work?

 No. Part of the work I have been doing is thinking about how to communicate my ideas to an audience. It is important to consider how to reach people, deciding what to share with them and what not to share. My performance at ‘Sharing’ will be a work in progress, expressing what I have been exploring so far.

‘Sharing’is a free event open to the public on Saturday 5th March, 5pm

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Author: KPC