‘Positively Q’ – Artistic statement
We hope that you, your families and friends are well and safe.
Today (Friday 1 May) would have marked the unique bringing together of Jaivant Patel Dance and Autin Dance Theatre in ‘Positively Q’, a mesmerising triple bill celebrating them as Midlands Arts Centre’s Associate Artists. The success of recent solo works that have toured nationally and that were developed while in residencies at MAC, was also supported by other key partners including Arts Council England.
As dance-makers, both Jaivant and Johnny are inspired by their personal experiences and identities as diverse queer artists; creating work reflecting the often underrepresented narratives of the global LGBTQ+ community.
‘Positively Q’ would have platformed an extract of YAATRA entitled ‘Awakening’ (Jaivant Patel Dance) and ‘Square One’ (Autin Dance Theatre). The evening would have ended with a special duet (work-in-progress), bringing together Jaivant and Johnny in collaboration following a short R&D process.
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the evening can not take place as per UK government guidelines. However, in the spirit of looking forward to a brighter future and the positivity in important representation their collaboration would bring, both Jaivant and Johnny wanted to release the promotional image for the evening.
Both artists are hopeful that the evening will take place soon in the near future at Midlands Arts Centre and a venue near you, so watch this space!
Jaivant Patel and Johnny Autin would like to recognise and thank Deborah Kermode and the team at Midlands Arts Centre – MAC for their continuous support.