Claire Pençak

Claire PencakMy career has been predominantly in the field of performance and choreography and since 1999 I have also been the Creative Director of Tabula Rasa.

Over the years my dance work has been selected for Made In Scotland and British Dance Edition and has toured widely in Scotland, England and also in Belgium, Germany and Portugal.  In 2010 I was awarded a Creative Scotland Choreographic Fellowship, and in 2012 I was the Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

In recent years I have been developing a much broader practice which is informed by my experience as a dance maker, but not contained by it. I use my dance and choreographic experience as a research tool and way of approaching a subject or theme. I have an interest in developing projects in specific contexts and have been working with moving image installations, projection and a range of materials and objects.

Test TrenchesCollaborations in the last few years include  ‘Test Trenches’:  a collaboration with archaeologists Antonia Thomas and Daniel Lee from the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology and visual artist Brian Hartley, film maker Glenda Rome and sound artist Bill Thompson . We worked with the Ness of Brodgar site in Orkney and the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.

‘The Pollination Project’ :  a broad and diverse research project collaborating with social scientists, biologists, beekeepers and dancers with a focus on improvisation and the sensory aspects of knowledge exchange.

‘Loom’ a two part moving image dance and sound installation  – ‘Between the Web and the Loom’ and  ‘Chartless Rudderless Night’ A collaboration with textile artist Joan Baxter, digital artist /film maker John McGeoch, composers Alessandro Altavilla, Helen Papaioannou and James Wyness.

‘Fetlock Deep’ an Eastgate Arts creative project that celebrated equestrian culture in the Scottish Borders. A collaboration with producer Caroline Adam, photographer Dougie Johnston, visual artist Catriona Taylor and composer James Wyness.

In have a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Anthropology and an MA in Dance Studies.