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Established Artists Residency

Choreography and Narrative

21st – 25th January 2024

(Residential, Free)


Applications to be received by midnight on Thursday November 23rd 2023














Surge is inviting applications from dancers, circus performers, physical theatre practitioners and general movers,  for a mentor led residency designed to give space for established artists to develop new ideas involving narrative and choreography. The residency is designed to interrogate and develop ideas outside the rehearsal room. There are no designated rehearsal spaces at the residency (though there is plenty of space outdoors). 


The residency will be led by Hilary Westlake ( ), Anthony Missen ( ) and Al Seed ( )


Surge welcomes applications from dancers, theatre makers, choreographers, designers, performers and directors. We are happy to receive invite applications from collaborating artists (max 3 per application). We encourage applications from underrepresented voices. We also encourage applications that involve the integration of digitial technologies.


Thought it was well run with great mentors who had a lot to offer. The mix of the attendees was great with a range of disciplines and stages of development. A perfect setting to work and be inspired as it was comfortable, beautiful and the food was excellent! It enabled me to really focus on the show I had come to develop which is a complete luxury for me... and that is priceless!’


Gemma Mae Halligan – Amadan – previous participant.


Applicants should;

  • Have a body of acclaimed professional work behind them in their specialist art form(s)

  • Have an idea for the creation of a new work that combines movement as its primary form and narrative

  • The idea should be at an early stage of development

  • The ideas can be for indoor or outdoor presentation


Surge will provide;

  • Experienced mentors to lead the residency 

  • A structured residency in a rural location in Scotland

  • A balanced group of established artists representing a wide variety of projects

  • Transport to and from residency location from Glasgow

  • Accommodation and food for the duration of the residency


To Apply

Please send a project outline of your proposed new work in no more than 500 words plus a personal biography of you and any proposed collaborators for the project to Alan Richardson at by midnight  on Thursday November 23rd  2023.


If you need further information or wish to discuss the suitability of your project please contact Alan on 




Hilary Westlake

Hilary Westlake trained for the theatre at E.15 Acting School and performed with several avant garde companies including Interaction's TOC and London La Mama before forming Lumiere & Son Theatre Company with writer, David Gale. The company, funded by the Arts Council, produced over fifty original shows for theatres, shopping centres, ferry boats, botanical gardens, castles and swimming pools. 


Hilary directs existing texts, operas and cabaret and creates large-scale site-specific performances. She has worked all over Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and has extensive experience in running seminars and workshops for both professional and student performers, designers, writers and directors. 


Anthony Missen

Anthony Missen is a Clore Fellow, Without Walls Board Director, member of the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group, Executive Member of Dance Consortia North-West, member of The UK Dance network, and part of the Manchester Cultural Leaders group. He is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Company Chameleon.


He is a Choreographer, Movement Director, Accredited Coach, facilitator, and teacher.

His work tours all over the world and in many contexts- outdoors, stages, libraries, prisons and cruise ships amongst others. He has taught, choreographed, lectured and led residencies in countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Israel, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. TV credits include series choreographer for the BBC 1 series “Everything I know about Love” and the Netflix drama “Fool Me Once"


Al Seed

Al Seed is a maker with over 20 years professional experience. A producer, director, writer, performer and teacher, he specialises in the creation of visual/ physical performance – often incorporating both strong dance elements and original or adapted text. He works frequently in the fields of site-responsive, outdoor, interactive and 1-2-1 performance, and , where appropriate, incorporates the use of video projection and interactive technologies into such work.


He has a long history of creating solo performance for international touring but also produces larger scale work; and frequently guest directs and writes on commission for international partners. He continues to teach in a variety of contexts, and with an increasing emphasis upon the mentorship of emergent artists and performance groups. He was a permanent fixture with Surge from 2009 – 2014.

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