Kate Flatt
Doorway Project 2019

“The opportunity to share the creative process with theatre directors has been a
continuing revelation, and a rich learning curve in terms of insight into a discipline other than my own. The Doorway Project will enable both creation and solving of problems on a level playground for directors and choreographers, with Shakespeare’s text as the source for shared investigation.” Kate Flatt Choreographer

The Doorway Project is a 3-day Professional Development Intensive designed for mid-career directors and choreographers, supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England. It will be held at Watford Palace Theatre 27th 28th 29th March 2019.

An idea initiated by Kate Flatt and first pioneered in 2005 with David Lan, sees a second edition with partners Young Vic Directors’ Program and Watford Palace Theatre. It will be guided and co-facilitated by theatre choreographer Kate Flatt with Brigid Larmour, Artistic director of Watford Palace and a specialist on the work of Shakespeare.

One Dance UK will be supporting the project through the dissemination of filmed documentation, and an evaluation will be conducted by Theresa Beattie. It will be evaluated with regard to career development opportunities and their value in a climate of product driven creation.
The Doorway project will offer opportunity for fresh discovery through the live chemistry of collaborative practice.
Four directors and four choreographers selected by nominating organisations, will ‘share the floor’ to investigate creative strategies, and inter-disciplinary staging made with twelve dancers and actors.
Brigid and Kate’s tasks and plans assume the premise of the open stage of Shakespeare’s time and that of the contemporary choreographer.

The different collaborative tasks are conceived as ways to examine the space, movement, rhythm and breath in text and non-literal ways to explore scenes and story and the skill needed for the migratory journey between text and movement.

“The Doorway Project is an opportunity to explore collaborative theatre making, that
seeks a sustained, emotional truth, ideally with an absence of dislocation between the two forms.”
Brigid Larmour, Director


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