STRE-TCH Scotland 2022: Creative Lab

Call out for established artist participants & early career lab assistants

Deadline: 08.11.2021
Published: 07.10.2021

Keðja: STRE-TCH Creative Lab

Scotland, 20 – 27 March 2022


STRE-TCH Creative Lab is a paid professional development intensive for artists with an established community dance practice. The artist lab will be a space for sharing practice, creative collaboration and enabling connections. It is hosted by The Work Room (Scotland) on behalf of the Keðja network of European dance organisations.

STRE-TCH Creative Lab will delve into the themes of dance as a community practice and sustainability (both human & environmental). It will be a space for artists experienced in community dance work to exchange experiences and ideas. Through the lab, we are interested in collectively re-imaging a sustainable future for dance and international collaboration.

Keðja is an informal, international network of dance organisations. Together we aim to create open meeting places for those working in dance. Keðja facilitates events that gather individuals from dance communities to meet, share and learn together and empowers dance professionals to connect and collaborate.


STRE-TCH Creative Lab will be co-facilitated by independent dance artists and choreographers Janice Parker and Nadia Iftkhar. Janice is known for her collaborative performance projects with people of different ages and abilities, working locally, nationally and internationally. She works across art forms and believes in the value of diversity in the development of movement-based art-works.  Janice’s work is informed by the believe that:

 ‘All art has the potential to be an act of quiet, or noisy, activism.’

Nadia is founding Artistic Director & CEO of Company of Others, a dance theatre company based in the North East of England. As a choreographer she is interested in how we physically unlearn, learn and share our stories. As an Artistic Director she is interested in how her work can create new realities and contribute to social justice movements. As a CEO she is interested in how we create organisations that are decolonized, hopeful and more human.


STRE-TCH Lab format:

The lab will bring together 12 artists from across the partner organisation countries. Artists will arrive in Glasgow on Sunday 20 March and depart on Sunday 27 March. We will spend the first four days at Wiston Lodge, a rural, residential centre providing facilities on-site to live, eat and practice together – both inside and out of doors.

On Friday 25, we will return to Glasgow and will be joined by representatives from the Kedja partner organisations. The final two days will involve round table discussions, presentations and opportunities to engage with the dance community in Scotland.

There are two ways to get involved. We are looking for 2 artist participants with an established community dance practice and 2 early career artists to assist with the lab. Find out more and how to apply below.


Artist Participant Call Out 


Early Career Lab Assitant Call Out 


These opportunties are for members of The Work Room, see here for more information about joining.


The Keðja partner organisations are…

●      Bora Bora (DK)

●      Contemporary Dance Association (LT)

●      Dansverkstædid (IS)

●      Dance Info Finland (FI)

●      Dansearena Nord (NO)

●      Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union (EE)

●      Förvaltningen för Kulturutveckling (SE)

●      Latvian Dance Information Centre (LV)

●      Norrlandsoperan (SE)

●      PTL Dance Theater Ljubljana (SI)

●      Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland (FI)

●      The Work Room (SCO)