Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:08
The past two months have been pretty busy at South East Dance and with the end of my apprenticeship at City College being just around the corner, I have been looking into developing and researching new ideas. This included teaching myself the basics of html and css, something I had not previously had any experience with. I have to admit I found the experience enjoyable, insightful and I certainly think I learnt some skills I can utilise for future projects. The newly acquired knowledge has been used towards working on the South East Dance Studios online flipbook, which you can see if you click the thumbnail on the right. I am hoping to further develop these skills in the near future.
I have also had the pleasure of taking a day trip to Google HQ in London on the 20 October, to learn about cultural and creative industries "Seizing the Opportunity Online". This included talks from Vlogger and Radio 1 host Dan Howell on YouTube follower interaction and various members of Google explaining how to apply Analytics and tools to improve our reach. Food for thought for the coming months!
Finally, in case you missed it, I mentioned in my last blog about the digital live streaming of events from Brighton Digital Festival. Here are some of the results from the Dance Hack in a 10 minute video I put together using the streaming footage and footage taken at the event....
Friday, 29 November 2013 14:13
On Sunday the 24th of November, fifteen 14-18 year old girls that make up Ceyda Tanc Dances’ Youth Company took part in an exciting day of dance at South East Dance Studios in Hextable.
When we arrived at the venue and were greeted by one of the friendly event organisers, before being directed to our dressing room, that, much to some of the companies' excitement, was kitted out with many professional/showbiz lights and mirrors.
Once we had settled in we got into our Ceyda Tanc dance tops ready to begin our morning workshop. We didn’t really know what to expect from the workshop but it was extremely high energy from the get go. We were taught by three members of ‘Urban Playground,’ which is a contemporary break dance Parkour company. Even thought it was challenging we all had a lot of fun trying something different.
The workshop used pair, group and contact work which gave us a chance to experiment with different support mechanisms and lifts that we had not done before and a chance to mix with other dance groups and learn from one another. We had to use the lifts they had shown us and apply them in a travelling trio, or in my case a group of four, which included someone we had met on the day. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with someone we didn’t know as it made us feel part of a big team, all working together in the curtain raiser rather than as separate companies doing it for themselves.
During the workshop we created a curtain raiser that consisted of our small group motifs and a duet. These duets HAD to include ‘a turn, a moment of contact and a travel’. We put these together and came on in our groups, slightly overlapping one another and using different parts of the space.
We then had quite a speedy tech rehearsal with the obstacle of quite small wings and no run around! But with the help of Ceyda and the tech team we quickly and professionally adapted to this.
Finally it was time to perform our piece ‘Yol’ (which is Turkish for road) to an audience. ‘Yol’ is a mix of Ceyda’s extremely unique choreography and some motifs’ and adaptions we had done in little groups within the company. I feel our dance went really well and I was a lovely first performance together as a new youth company.
We also got to watch some of the other groups perform which was interesting as they were all very different to ours.
After a long day that got us all working hard, we started our journey back to Brighton and I’m not sure about the rest of the dancers but I fell straight into bed as soon as I got home!
I really enjoyed the whole day and feel the rest of the companies dances did also. It was great to be in such a lovely venue. The event was a lot of fun, it was also such a great day to spend with the other girls in the company and Ceyda, it brought us all closer together and this could be seen in our performance.
Friday, 29 November 2013 13:56
Being somewhat of a new youth dance company, L&S Youth had an amazing experience performing at the Dance Mix 2013 at South East Dance studios.
We were given the incredible opportunity to choreograph our own piece with Urban Playground, who helped and supported us the whole way through the workshop. We experimented with different types of lifts, which enabled us to really challenge our current movement vocabulary. I can definitely say that they were truly inspiring, allowing us to accumulate ideas which we can use in our own choreography in the near future. It was also incredible to work alongside the other youth dance companies and watch them perform, allowing us to learn new and interesting things from one another.
It was fantastic to have such a large space in which to create and rehearse our piece made with Urban Playground. We were really able to take risks and leave our comfort zones without worrying if there was enough space around us, or whether we’d collide with the other youth companies.
Our tech-run was also another great experience. The performance space was very large with professional lights. We were given a long time in which to rehearse both our own piece, as well as our collaborative one. We were also given the opportunity to watch other companies perform their own pieces in their tech-runs, which added to the new things we were able to learn from one another.
The highlight of the night had to be performing in the actual show. It was exhilarating performing both pieces, especially the Urban Playground one. All in all it was a really good day, and L&S Youth are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at such a prestigious venue alongside the other amazing youth dance companies. Thank you South East Dance Studios!
Thursday, 28 November 2013 16:58
'We thought: What's he going to do with us old white middle-class people?'
Rosie voices our former misgivings at the end of Jonzi D's hip-hop workshop with Three Score Dance. Older people in baseball caps, gold chains, hoodies... flashing hand signs and swaggering around holding our crotches?
Actually - it's great. Jonzi D of Breakin' Convention:
he's really warm, welcoming, inclusive (and we're effusive, and down here in Three Score, nobody gets abusive...)
We're in the customary circle as he gets us to rhyme our names in turn. This workshop is about incorporating words and movements - rapping and dancing. We've just had a 2-minute silence for Remembrance Day, so Jonzi gets us all to think about memories. (Yes - we're all big on 'life experience' - the problem is sometimes remembering it...) He takes us through a brief history of hip-hop: a history lesson for old white middle-class people who maybe found it a bit scary.
So we start with the words 'I remember', and we have each to compose four rhyming lines. We're in groups of four or five, and each person in turn has to perform their rap-let. Some are about the music we love, some childhood memories, one an ode to a late father. One in the Rupert Bear style! And there's a backing track to work with: simple beats to bounce off (putting them together is the hard bit). Now we have to think about movement that echoes our words - not literally, but getting the feel of what we're saying. And somehow, we get a group feel: we move to the beat without thinking, without feeling self-conscious or affected, we just... move. Each in turn fronts the bunch and delivers their piece, while the rest of us punch up emphasis, and it's a great feeling, and becomes increasingly natural as we practise it.
Jonzi laughs at Rosie's question. We all laugh: hip-hop for the over-60's. Why not?
Three Score Dance Company is supported by South East Dance in association with the Brighton Dome.
Images by Zoe Manders.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:25
As a third year dance student at university, I have spent the last few years in the comfort zone of the studio. When the opportunity for a placement arose, I knew it was a chance to break away from the studio and try something new, challenging and out of my ordinary. I was thrilled to been given the opportunity to work with such a positively and widely recognised organisation, South East Dance (SED), as the Programme Assistant. I had no previous office-based work experience and my computer skills were at a bare minimum but I can now proudly say that after 10 weeks at the desk, I am pretty swift at navigating around Excel (as well as other programmes).
Image by Zoe Manders.
I travelled to the SED head office in Brighton two days a week for ten weeks and what a nice breather it was. Leaving the university bubble was a chance to escape from the land of essays and three hour lectures and to step into a different dimension of the dance world. I was introduced to behind-the-scenes of contemporary dance performance, which enlightened my understanding of current dance practice. I worked closely with the Programme Director, Producer of the Artist Development programme and the Programme Co-ordinator, organising and running events and projects both locally in the South East region and internationally (although I wasn’t fortunate enough for a trip overseas).
It has been a rewarding experience: I have learnt new skills, improved on existing skills and most excitingly I have been introduced to a side of contemporary dance that, a few months ago, I knew little about. It has also given me the chance to network with successful artists and dance professionals and opened up opportunities for my future career aspirations. The SED team have been extremely welcoming and I felt settled in and comfortable in no time. There were always people on hand to help if I had any queries or concerns and I appreciate how everyone in the office is so passionate about encouraging and supporting dance, especially in this current economic struggle.
Thanks South East Dance!
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:29
A year ago I did not know a huge amount about the world of dance, in fact, my knowledge was next to nothing. But last December when offered the role of Digital Media Apprentice at South East Dance, I jumped at the chance; jobs in the Art industry are few and far between, especially for a part time market trader living in the New Forest. 10 months down the line I find myself nearing the end of my college apprenticeship and reflecting on the things I have learnt and experienced.
The work based Creative, Digital Media Apprenticeship runs for a year. Four days a week are spent in the work place and one at college. Learning whilst you’re working means that rather than spending hours writing essays and doing coursework, you are asked to evidence the work you have been doing in the workplace. I feel this gives you a real taste of the industry you are entering and at South East Dance I am a valued member of the team. But at college there are chances to get creative and work on projects that are, shall I say, different from the ordinary ‘9 to 5’.
For one of my college units I have been asked to put together a short film for my employer…
…Making this short film and working behind the camera helped me experiment with the tools needed and gain experience filming and editing, which I can now bring to South East Dance.
As the Digital Media Apprentice my job roles have been varied and I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the role. Some of the more regular tasks include working on the website and social media sites, the season brochure and the blog. I now find myself working independently and being asked for input and to research new ideas to help market the work being done by South East Dance. This has included recently Live Streaming various events for the Brighton Digital Festival. It has me the opportunity to be creative as well as meeting and liaising with artists, the reason I love working in the arts sector and now wake up excited to go to work.
So with three or so months left and around a high percentage of my college work now completed I have the time and energy to start really enjoying my work. I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity and to have so much time invested in me by South East Dance.
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:31
Running on Empty is the story of Man, Woman and their repeated collision over time. Absurd and sometimes devastating, it is about resilience, struggle and our determination to survive.
Here is a sneak peak of the rehearsals that have been underway this month at Pavillion Dance South West on the run up to Running on Empty's premiere on Thursday 3 October at The Point in Eastleigh. Book tickets for the premiere here: http://www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/whats%20on/dance/probe.aspx
Monday, 16 September 2013 10:51
Bright and early last Friday morning, the South East Dance team managed to squeeze themselves into cars between props, cookies, programmes, forms, folders and yoga mats to get Kent Dancing Festival started. After a much needed and very tasty espresso at The Gulbenkian, the team was finally awake and ready to start. The destination? Canterbury town centre, Longmarket square.
Approaching where the festival was meant to start a person seated under a tree was waiting for us. It was Alex, our fantastic Stage Manager. A very unusual cage had been erected beside him and as expected, many people were asking what it was. Very proudly we explained it was for our First Performance, MURMUR!
After having spent a few hours discovering the delightful town centre and spreading the word about the performance, it started to rain. What terrible luck! Luckily a very obliging passer-by gave us a spare black umbrella because even though we were wearing our ponchos we were still soaked to the bone.
At 1pm, ZoieLogic and her dancers arrived, full of energy and fully equipped with towels and rain coats, completely prepared to perform in a downpour. At 2pm Kent Dancing Festival officially started with two dancers very energetically twisting, turning and jumping in and around the MURMUR cage. The rain didn’t matter, nothing could have stopped them enjoying their performance.
Many people stopped to watch and I must say, from their applause, they did not seem to mind about the rain. Under their umbrellas there were many smiling faces, all admiring a very stunning piece of work.
Congratulations to ZoieLogic and her dancers for their hard work!
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:03
It is all coming together for our special evening of film screenings for Kent Dancing. Our budding young curators, George Etheridge, Gwen Grynfeld, Harley Russell and Annabel Taylor, and our facilitator Vicki Oliver from Wide Eyed Theatre who are all involved in the ART31 creative community at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury, kicked of the process three weeks ago with an intensive training day in watching and curating dance film.
Having spent a lot of time watching and looking at how the language and vocabulary of film and dance intersect and discussing the different elements of filmmaking, we were ready to meet the wonderful Lucy Cash from Straybird films, who is a filmmaker and choreographer and has lots of experience in curating and presenting work to audiences. She encouraged us to think about our audience and what kind of an experience we wanted them to have, and questioned us on our selection and what we wanted to say with it. She gave us plenty of food for thought with which to tackle our longlist.
So having watched and argued, discussed and cogitated in a process that people felt was very like choosing tracks for an album! We now have a programme which we will be very excited to share with you, with films made with young people in the UK, award winning international artists and up and coming young artists. There will be guest talks and a chance to ask questions and get talking.
Whether you are interested in short film, dance, dance film or just some really beautiful visuals, come along and meet us on Sunday 8 September at 6pm, you can book here
Monday, 19 August 2013 23:42
The start of this week up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival marks the beginning of the British Council Showcase 2013. As the delegates descend, we have been busy supporting some of our artists, spreading the word about the fantastic work they have to offer, and experiencing the vibrancy of the festival scene.
At the popular ZOO Aviary venue, our Associate Artist Antonia Grove is two days into her eight day run of Small Talk with the house feeling full both nights – grab your tickets while you can! https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/dance-and-physical-theatre/small-talk
Also part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013 are artists with works co-commissioned by South East Dance: Aakash Odedra with Rising and Billy Cowie with The Art of Movement/Dark Rain included in the Stereoscopic Trilogy 2...https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/dance-and-physical-theatre/rising
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- • Rehearsals in full swing at Milton Keynes. By Kathryn Evans
- • Big Dance Day at The Arc, Caterham. By Kathryn Evans
- • Cathy Waller choreographs for Most Wanted Crew for the Hampshire Torch Relay. By Kathryn Evans
- • The Arch of Starch interview - Big Dance launch. By Kathryn Evans
- • The Caucus Race rehearsals in Oxford. By Kathryn Evans
- • A familiar face is a new audience member at Big Dance 2012 events in Hastings. By Rowena Price
- • Hofesh Shechter at Helenswood School in Hastings for Big Dance 2012. By Kathryn Evans
- • Brighton Dance Collective rehearse with Jason Keenan-Smith for the BBC big dance Exchange. By Kathryn Evans
- • Big Dance 2012 South East England