Another amazing production is on offer at Forest Arts Centre, Walsall this month, from award winning protein dance. Border Tales went down a storm at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received numerous ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews. It's been praised for it satirical and poignant exploration of multicultural life in the UK. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted homelanders. It's a thought-provoking and poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue and it's one not to be missed. I've been informed by a reliable source that there are some tickets left for the 7.30pm show, and they're just 6 quid, so get them whilst you can! ... See more
Following a phenomenal run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences, award winning Protein presents a satirical look at multicultural Britain. A blend of dance, dialogue and live music, this is a witty and poignant commentary on stereotypical thinking in post-Brexit Britain. ... See more
The stunning Anjali Dance Company, one of the country’s leading inclusive contemporary dance companies are performing a new double bill, Genius, created by award winning choreographers Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson at Forest Arts Centre, Walsall, on Tuesday 10 October from 1.15pm. An exceptional group of six dancers perform two dramatic explorations of genius. Choreographed by Gary Clarke, Beethoven takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Whilst Lea Anderson’s Bloodsucker is a stylised and gently humorous exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. The performance has been complemented by a series of workshops with schools and colleges from around the West Midlands as part of the Black Country Dance Hub EXPERIENCE DANCE Project. Pupils from the Orchard School in Smethwick will also present a short Curtain Raiser piece prior to the performance. Genius celebrates the creative talent of Anjali’s exceptional dancers and demonstrates exciting new possibilities in dance. It’s sure to inspire audiences with the artists’ extraordinary talent, creative power and their will to achieve their dreams. Tickets can be bought via this link: http://bit.ly/2wOxyKV. Half Price, £3.00 tickets are available to schools and college groups, to book these please call Maggie Lewis, Black Country Dance Hub Director on: 07719 613 487 or email: Maggie@blackcountrydance.com ... See more
Anjali Dance Company presents Genius is a double bill performance comprising two brand new performance works by Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson.
Really interesting workshop at Arts Central on October 11th think you may like it 🙂
▶ HOW TO GAIN FREEDOM IN MOTION ? Explore the movement possibilities of martial arts and their applicability in Contact Improvisation. ▶ This November 4+5 MATAN LEVKOWICH is coming to BERLIN to teach a fascinating technique called ANIMAL INSTINCT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1354950411287365/ ... See more
THE WHAT HOW & WHY Here is fresh footage that has been recorded during the Animal Instinct Internship on September 2016. A group of 5 dedicated movers spend 40 hours with me, learning my approach to movement & expression. Thought their voices, I have received a great feedback about the practice. Watch and share with your beloved ones. See you out there animals, Matan ... See more
Not often you get an amazing artist like Nic Sandiland coming to Milton Keynes - it's going to be a great weekend dancers and choreographers!
Dancers, do you want to take your practice to the next level through the use of camera, film and technology? Learn key skills and concepts behind film production and dance in this intensive workshop on 9th- 10th September 2017. Book your place now https://www.facebook.com/events/366514500392359/?ti=icl ... See more
KATIE DUCK in BERLIN – A unique chance to investigate and develop skills in Improvisational performance. Places for this workshop are limited, so please reserve early. https://www.facebook.com/events/1297089163710712/ ... See more
KATIE DUCK : IMPROVISATION - Workshop in Performance Research and improvisational Compositions DATE: June 10+11, 2017 VENUE: EDEN Studios - part of Dock11 Berlin - COST: Earlybird 110€ (money transfer until April 30, 2017), thereafter 135€ REGISTRATION: For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2017/02/22/improvisation-ws-by-katie-duck-june-10-11-2017/ SCHEDULE: June 10+11, 2017 Saturday: 10-13h + 15-18h Sunday: 10-13h + 15-18h WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Katie Duck has been investigating theater, dance and music with live performance for over 30 years. In her workshop, she takes a microscopic view on the role improvisation plays in a live performance combining her background in the performing arts with her curiosity for advances in brain studies, music and movement research. WHO COULD ATTEND? Katie can accept students from all performance art backgrounds and professional levels. Her only concern is that anyone who studies in her workshop have a deep interest in the work and is willing to experiment and take risks with the material she offers. WHAT YOU LEARN? Improvisational performance breaks the framework of preset choreography and challenges the artist to be the creator/composer/choreographer and the performer at the same time; to be the doer and the observer simultaneously. It is about learning ‘The Eye': of the space, of the watcher and essentially the eye of work being created. The workshop is oriented towards building skills of performance presence, timing, tracking and conviction of choice/action. It focuses on developing skills to interpret dynamic space and creating one’s own performance frame. While Katie aims to explore novel and rigorous approaches to body work. The main focus lies in reaching a state of surprising oneself. The workshop will be structured into body work, activity-based sessions, performances and a jam. Her warm-up and exercises emphasis how the eyes and the ears work in coordination with movement, sound and exposure to gathered crowds altering our perception of time, space, feelings and emotions. Improvisation sessions revolve around the terms pause, flow, exit, choice and presence with discussions articulating play, memory and intuition. Katie guides the dancers and performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices and developmental brain studies about “how we learned to walk”. She extends the workshop toward improvisation sessions by setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declaring this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. This platform highlights how the limit of these three choices can already provide the frame for a composition to take place, and that misunderstanding, coincidence, live time, interactivity, messiness, emotions, intuition and inspiration are basic materials in a creative process. These raw materials are integrated with the combined fact that everyone in the workshop group can make a choice. WORKSHOP SETTING: Choice is introduced to the workshop group as a compositional reality but also as a means for individuals to elect to participate in the performative or as a viewer and yet remain involved in the process. The aim is to gather the workshop group to recognize that in a creative composition process, time is passing at different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awareness creates a presence in the space and a compositional alertness. Her aim is to provide a situation where artists can practice together and grow in confidence toward public performances with an objective to clarify that improvisation not the antitheses of choreography or composition but rather the way choreography and composition can be executed. The improvisation sessions are given a delegated time frame with an option for the workshop group to shift, drop or lift the space at will. This shifting, dropping and lifting of the performance space places each individual in a position where they need to be to be fully awake or they will recognisably loose the thread of the creative compositional activity in play. HOW KATIE TEACHS? Katie has been teaching since she began to perform professionally in the mid 70’s. She is dedicated to how process and research play a major role in how one can continue to be artistic in how they approach their life and their work. Over the past 10 years her workshops have been titled “Improvisation” in order to emphasis her views on theater as a live art form reflective of how she executes her own professional performances. Her research is placed in practice with lectures containing her recent interest in brain studies and film. She integrates her current research making each workshop completely unique. She draws from her experiences in live performances, music collaborations, as a director and choreographer. Her enthusiasm for a young artists to be able to continue their practice, in a very different atmosphere than when she began her work, is evident in how she has continued to up grade her life style with new technologies, continued to do research in the sciences, the performance arts and music. She has created several projects with an aim to support a young artists rather than her own career. She continues to take risks with her own career in the support of young artists giving them the possibility to experiment within their own practice. She promotes to her students that the mental connection to the practice of improvisation can be accessed weather they are doing set or open framed performance pieces and that the definitions of what improvisation within art practices mean today need to be reflective to advances in brain-studies and technology. In the way she communicates with students, one is aware of how she understands that the professional field of the arts has altered drastically in comparison to when she began her practice in the mid 70’s. As part of her teaching, she encourages young artists to devise strategies that allow for them to sustain the production of their work with creativity and research involved and yet survive. RESEARCH MATERIAL: Katie has had the possibility to create material for her workshops out of a wide range of practice in the performance arts. She has never formulated her teaching material into a frozen body of knowledge. She does not believe that the accumulation of knowledge is how one becomes a teacher. She believes that It is out of her practice and the practice she witnesses with a student that all knowledge becomes clarified in the lessons she leading. http://katieduck.com/about-katie-duck/text/research-material/ QUOTES KATIE DUCK: “The combination of moving, seeing, hearing, feeling and deliberately volunteering to expose myself in front of an audience alters my perception of time, space and emotions. What I do for a living is an induced neuron madness” “I am not interested in the moment even though it does feel good. I am interested in movement and the fact that time is passing. It is a kind of hippie hype to encourage someone to be in the moment.” “A fully awake body is rarely pedestrian. The body awake needs to be discovered and demands a discipline beyond everyday tasks. And yet when I see movement that does not respect the beauty of the body as pedestrian I become uncomfortable. How the body works and how I see a body is not so different an activity in how I feel. To not respect the body as an already perfect place of motion is like watching a dog trying to learn ballet.” VIDEOS: Cage make a movie (Solo Katie / Music Mix Katie Duck) https://vimeo.com/140120365 Duck and Snaith (girls at work) (Yolanda Snaith and Katie Duck / music mix Katie Duck) https://vimeo.com/140186320 Recent improvisation (OT301 Amsterdam / live musicians) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqgPUVvf-S8 Katie Duck & Alfredo Genovesi at SDSU - closing talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0zeo5s1BzA OTHER LINKS: DR Sharon Smith essay about working with Katie Duck http://www.sharonsmith.org/5-its-not-what-you-do-its-the-way-that-you-do-it.php BIO KATIE DUCK: Katie Duck has been a professional performer and maker since the early 1970’s. She has been a influential figure in the improvisational performance scene internationally, inspiring generations of performers, musicians and performance makers. She set up the acclaimed Gruppo in Italy in 1979 and toured Europe with a host of productions. She was head of choreography at Dartington College of arts (senior lecturer) in the late 1980’s. She joined the staff at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten in 1991 teaching movement research, improvisation, composition and technique and founded the improvisational dance and music company Magpie in the 1990’s with whom she toured internationally. She has collaborated with renowned dance and improvisation music artists form all over the world. Katie’s career has included independent teaching, university teaching, set choreography’s, structured improvisations, music and dance real time performances and live streaming international performances. Her collaborations have been with musicians, visual artists, lighting designers, dancers, actors and comedians. She has initiated education courses and workshops, festivals and monthly performance series in her three bases Italy, England and Holland. She has led dance companies, dance/music companies, advises young artists and has written text for her performances as well as critical articles. Katie has a determination to continue her research in theatre, music, dance, text and performance. Alongside her vocational studies, her research has led her toward social studies, cultural studies and brain studies. She believes that her research must not be validated by way of academic speak alone but rather on her insistence to hear, see and take part in the practice. More at Katies Website: http://katieduck.com/about-katie-duck/bio/ LOCATION: EDEN***** STUDIOS Breite Strasse 43 13187 Berlin (Pankow) http://www.dock11-berlin.de/index.php/cat/c4_Service.html …scroll down to "STUDIO 190.EG,“ in Haus 2 TRAFFIC LINKS: Tram-Station „Pankow-Kirche“: M1, M50 U & S-Bahn Pankow: U2, M27, S2, S8, RE3, RE5 Bus: 107, 155, 250, 255, X54, N50, N2 https://www.google.de/maps?daddr=13187+Berlin,+Breite+Strasse+43 PHOTO CREDIT: Irene Fabri ... See more
Dance partnering workshop (CI) and jam plus opportunity for families to dance together (ages 2+) on the 14th May in Milton Keynes with Contakids practitioner. Please see flyer attached and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form. ... See more
Just over a week to go until Sally visits us in Milton Keynes. Have you booked your place? At just £25 for a full day of exploration, this really is a great opportunity for dance makers, choreographers and students. Email us at email@example.com for a booking form and details on how to secure your place! https://www.facebook.com/events/239142509829672/ ... See more
"Our day together focuses on developing our awareness of the decisions that we make when improvising, so that we can understand and shape our improvised practices with greater attention to what we are doing and why we are doing it." Sally Doughty has been choreographing and performing since the early 90s and has performed in USA, Mexico, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Estonia and UK. She has developed an international reputation as a facilitator and performer of improvisational practices and has represented the UK in an on-line conversation with improvisers from Australia and India. Sally is Head of Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she leads MA/MFA Performance Practices and MA Arts. Places cost £25 and should be booked in advance. Booking forms available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. ... See more
￼NEWS IN: Fancy dancing with your kids! Workshop for kids and their parents with Contactkids in partnership with MÓTUS. All levels of ability. Followed by professional contact improvisation and jam. About Contakids and practitioner Monica Giacomin: Movement Educator, Therapist and Artist actively engaged within the CI communities of London and Venice, dedicated to using CI and creative movement in the frame of Community Dance. ContaKids A creative movement class for children aged between 2-5, 6-9 and their parents/carers. ContaKids uses simple exercises in the form of games between the child and the parent: the experience of moving together and the physical contact support a body-based form of communication fun and beneficial for all. Children enhance and improve their motor skills and self-confidence whilst parents develop a sense of trust in their child and themselves. Adult Contact workshop and jam This workshop will explore dynamics that can emerge in the trio format. We will use simple tools, playing with "sight", "qualities of touch" and "structure" stimulating both the body and mind curiosity, opening possibilities to new, unexpected pathways and perhaps take flight in a trio. To book email: email@example.com Schedule: ￼SUNDAY 14TH MAY - 11:30am - 12:30pm: 2 - 5 year olds + parent(s) £8 for both 12.30 - 1:30pm: 6 - 9 year olds + parent(s) £8 for both 3pm - 6pm: adults contact improv workshop £8 6:15pm+: Contact improv jam￼ ￼SUNDAY 14TH MAY - Schedule: 11:30am - 12:30pm: 2 - 5 year olds + parent(s) £8 for both 12.30 - 1:30pm: 6 - 9 year olds + parent(s) £8 for both 3pm - 6pm: adults contact improv workshop £8 6:15pm+: Contact improv jam ... See more