Virginia Taylor

My core identity is dancer. I have worked nationally and internationally as performer, choreographer, educator, researcher, and in community (participatory) dance. In the 80s and 90s I lived in Kirkby Stephen, and with Northern Arts and Cumbria CC initiated the county-wide Cumbria Dance Project. Now we have no dance support for adults and precious little for young people. Dance has zero economic value and only exists in real time and space. In Eden’s ‘rurality’ and ‘sparsity’ its existence is beyond precarious. As my teacher Merce Cunningham said, it’s clearly impossible but we go ahead and do it anyway. I work with video, music, landscape, as well as leading participatory dance with adults, often in health and wellbeing contexts. I want to join EVAN hoping to reach others who want to choreograph and dance – initially though the project Eden Dance Collegium. 'Collegium' follows the use of the term in music where weekly informal meetings acted as a crucible for the making, showing, and sharing of new work. Eden Dance Collegium exists as a not-for-profit membership organisation to create opportunities for adult and senior dancers to dance together, and to run projects to make and perform new works.