Collective Endeavours is a music/dance collective from Scotland that began with the meeting of Jer Reid and Solène Weinachter in 2010. Their starting point was that the music and dance would have equal impact on their pieces. They made dance/music duets that engaged with specific ideas that were (and are) important to them like the climate emergency and fracking.
Since 2014 Collective Endeavours has focused on group music/dance improvisation.
The group believe in the universality of improvising. At its core it’s about making individual and collective choices. We also believe that having the processes of group decision-making explicit in performance gives an audience a chance to reflect on the possibilities of creative decision making in their own lives as well as being taken along by their imagination in a performance. The group believe that the way to reach out with these ideas is to perform in all kind of spaces – especially places that don’t usually see dance.
Collective Endeavours has performed at Dance international Glasgow and Tectonics festivals and in venues like proscenium theatres, old churches, community centres, a disused swimming pool, a town square in the Basque country and a hardened cow shit and straw floor in a French music festival.
The current group includes: Solène Weinachter, Nerea Gurrutxaga, Aya Kobayashi, Molly Danter, Beth Edwards, Dylan Read, Jer Reid, Elena Inei and Alex South.
The group has also studied and collaborated with Rosalind Crisp.
We are always looking for a chance to take dance and improvisation to places that don’t usually get to see it – as well as those that do. Get in touch in you’d like to host us.