Jan 29, 2021
In this episode we talk to Charlotte
Edmonds and Andrew
Gardiner about resilience.
The government told us recently that dance was not a viable career,
and whilst many would strongly dispute that - we probably all
acknowledge it’s a difficult, sometimes even punishing choice. So
it felt like a good time to check in with some of our dancing
workforce to find out how they keep optimum mental and physical
health, their tools of self care and how organisations can do
better to nurture those who make our art.
Andrew and Charlotte discuss what resilience means to them, how
their own challenges – of anxiety and dyslexia respectively, have
helped them develop greater awareness of the triggers and
mechanisms for self-care. Charlotte discusses how her internal
struggles find a way out through her art – works such as Sink or
Swim for the charity MIND and Grit for the Junior Company of Dutch
National Ballet. Andrew talks about the increased sense of
responsibility he has for his own team of collaborators when
working with his newly founded company Society of Strays and how
the switch to making his own work as opposed to embodying the work
of others has helped find equilibrium.
Both reflect upon the pressures of a dancers rigorous training and
the expectations of an ever-demanding industry. Honesty, openness
and the ability to sense and respond to triggers are discussed as
are the responsibilities we all have to take care of those who work
with, for and amongst us.
Recording date: Wednesday 16 December 2020
Talking Moves is a Greenwich Dance production
Presented by Melanie Precious
Production by Carmel Smith, Lucy White and Melanie