COMPANY CHORDELIA'S ASSOCIATE ARTISTS
Company Chordelia supports emerging artists to reach the next stages of their careers. We provide bespoke producing, fundraising and artistic mentoring, membership to the Federation of Scottish Theatre and networking opportunities.
We currently have two amazing early career artists at different stages of their trajectory: Katie Armstrong has recently been part of the Made In Scotland Showcase with her double bill SKETCHES/GLISK
Petre Dobre graduated from the RCS with a BA in Performance inBSL/English. He has been developing his own uniquely expressive movement style combining mime, BSL, movement and visual vernacular. Company Chordelia is proud to support these artists to achieve their goals.
Photo by Scott Cadenhead
KATIE ARMSTRONG ASSOCIATE ARTIST
Katie Armstrong is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer based in Glasgow. Katie trained at Rambert School and since graduating has worked with artists and companies throughout the UK including Rambert Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, National Theatre Scotland, for Company Chordelia, Tai Shani, Barrowland Ballet and Eowyn Emerald and Dancers. Katie has created work for various festivals, and events including Hidden Door Festival, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, for RIG Arts "Two Worlds Meet Exhibition", for Merchant City Festival, Solas Festival, Dance Live Festival, Dance International Glasgow and for Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.
SKETCHES (live) by Katie Armstrong is “a spirited dance performance that fuses the chamber music of Bach with the electro beats of DJ, Composer and Improviser Mariam Rezaei to accompany a set of closely synchronised solos and duets.” (Mark Fisher, The Guardian). SKETCHES centres around three intricate and whirlwind vignettes, set to and inspired by Bachs Violin Concerto in A Minor. Four dance artists are accompanied by a live string quintet who interweave their way through both the dancers and audience, interacting with, and reacting to the movement, and "taking the audience on as much of a trip as the dancers themselves" (Dominic Corr, The Skinny).
PETRE DOBRE ASSOCIATE ARTIST
"A staggeringly effective mime and physical performer, Dobre contorts and utilises their entire shape into telling an engaging, eye-catching tale with weight and a worryingly accurate sense of fatalism."
The Scotsman, Time to Wake Up, 2023.
Originally from Romania, Petre is a Glasgow based movement specialist, actor and director for stage and screen.Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA Performance in BSL/English in 2018 Petre has gone on to employ a range of movement and physical performance skills to create powerful storytelling. Since discovering his passion for dance as a teenager, Petre has worked extensively to hone his unique physical repertoire, and works creatively to combine movement, nuanced visual vernacular and iconic usage of BSL. After graduating, Petre worked as BSL Trainee Director at Macrobert Arts Centre before stepping up as Associate Director. Following on from that period of professional development Petre has gone on to develop work, create and film an exciting visual storytelling series for children, take part in Research & Development work, lead workshops and support productions as their BSL consultant.
Petre's most recent achievement is as Creator, Director and Performer for "Time to Wake Up", produced by Solar Bear, where he performed with "an extraordinary display of commitment to craft." (Theatre Scotland). Petre is passionate about creating work for all ages, which can be enjoyed by deaf and hearing audiences alike. He has worked with many companies including Solar Bear, Bookbug (Scottish Book Trust), Edinburgh Deaf Festival, Manipulate, Surge, Shotput, Vanishing Point, Imaginate, Wonder Fools, The Royal National Theatre and the 48 Hour Film Project.
Petre is a member of Spotlight : https://app.spotlight.com/7819-9056-0114
"Dobre sucks the audience in with hilarious green screened TV projections before taking them on a visual sensation through nature and time." Theatre Scotland, Time to Wake Up 2023.
Wake Up by Solar Bear Photo by Pete Dibdin