Friday, 14 March 2014 15:51
We started off the beautiful sunny day when the whole of Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance met at Brighton station and we separated into three cars. Driving through Redhill was beautiful and we all admired the very pretty town. However we did get desperately lost while trying to find our way to The Harlequin. Finally we found it, thank goodness. We were greeted by very friendly staff and taken to our changing room that we shared with other performance groups which was nice because we got to talk to them about their pieces they were also showcasing that night.
We were taken into the theatre to have an introductory talk, which gave us an opportunity to see the really spacious stage we were going to be performing on. We all said it reminded us of the Corn Exchange theatre in Brighton that some of us do our annual college show at, so we felt right at home.
Image by Zoe Manders
The huge group of performers was then split into a few companies in each class to do the workshop. We all love taking part in workshops with people that we are not usually taught by, it gives us all such a good opportunity to learn new choreographic techniques and a chance to work with a wide range of performers, choreographers and teachers. This workshop was so engaging and taught us all how to make a very well-constructed and advanced piece of choreography with loads, and I mean loads, of people in a really short amount of time. The way that the teacher had so many unique ideas and got the maximum out of each and every student was very inspiring. We were asked to choreograph our own small solo and then we got back into our companies and put our solos together to make a contact group dance. Ceyda and the company members that were with her were very impressed with the completed work and me and the rest of the company were very honoured and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in it.
After our tech rehearsal which had gone very smoothly due to very helpful members of staff we had a few points to go over in our dance. As the show approached in next to no time we ate and did our hair and makeup and nervously practiced in the corridors trying to perfect our parts in the dance. When we had completed the group dance we had the pleasure of being able to watch the other performances which were amazing!! It just made us see how truly talented up and coming dancers in the South East are. We thoroughly enjoyed all the pieces and we were so excited to show everybody our dance that we and Ceyda had been working so hard on. When our chance to perform finally came we all loved it so much. We not only got to perform our piece that day but we also learnt so many new skills in the workshop, from watching others dance and from each other. We had a truly wonderful day thank you for letting Ceyda Tanc Youth Company be a part of this experience.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:20
It is a pleasure and a privilege to host U.Dance South East again. It never fails to inspire me to see the creativity, commitment and sheer physical energy of the performers. It is a day to renew friendships, make new connections and share our passion for dance!
This year we were in residence at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey and played host to 110 dancers and 9 young people’s dance companies. A particular thank you to our panel member and curtain raiser choreographer Helen Parlor and all the dancers for a wonderful opening piece, whose touching moments and powerful movement were created in just three hours on the day. The quality and creativity of the work made our judges’ decision difficult, but we are now pleased to announce that The L&S Youth (Angmering School) and Overground Fusion (Barton College) are our South East regional winners. We wish them luck for the National U.Dance finals, which will take place in Nottingham, 26-28 June 2014.
Thanks again to our panel Liz Moran (The Gulbenkian), Helen Parlor (Choreographer) and Rebecca Moss (National Young Dance Ambassador) and to Linda Jasper, Director of Youth Dance England.
Here is what our groups and leaders had to say:
“A really enjoyable and exciting day, the dancers really appreciated the opportunity to share their work and feel proud of what they have achieved.”
Tory East- Overground Fusion
“The dancers really enjoyed the workshop and also the experience of performing at a different venue. Loved seeing other groups work.”
Hannah Batley- Zambesi Dance Company
“The group enjoyed very much the freedom of creating their own choreography for the intro”
Melanie Ward- Ravens Wood
“A MASSIVE thank you for today, it has been an incredible experience and the dancers loved every minute of the day: the workshops, performing, making new friends and watching the other groups. On top of that it is so nice to see them all having fun doing something they love so much. Thank you so much again- lots of love from Katie and all the girls at Kobika”
Katie Cobie- Kobika
“I liked seeing all the other dancers- great choreographies and ideas to steal!!”
“I enjoyed working with all the other groups in the workshop. It was an inspiration”
“I loved today. It was my first show at U.Dance and I want to come again! Thank you- and I loved the workshop”
“I loved the workshops! And I loved dancing in the show and watching everyone else dances”
“Inspirational day watching others ideas and hard work”
Dancers from Kobika Dance
Images by Zoe Manders.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:29
How was the work created and how did you find the process?
Making Weightless has been quite a journey; I had no intention of being in the show until of course it transpired that if I was going to seriously delve into our history, I had to perform. I am that history, well at least the 20 years span of it.
Working with Wendy was fantastic, like being on an intense/ive two day creative writing course. I loved my writing tasks and was amazed how Wendy could just produce writing that was so clearly my voice but through the filter of her wit and dark humour. Her prodding was difficult at times, but essential. I particularly remember one surreal afternoon, Wendy, George and I cooped up in GDA studio 3 (an old office space) sounding out only the consonants in our dialogue, whr, r, w, I am, ere, and, u, r wit, me….
Working with Nic of course a pleasure but the lack of black out spaces proved a real challenge, trying to use projection but never quite being able to see it… I just had to trust he knows what he’s doing, which he always does. In the end I’m really pleased it feels like our best collaboration for live work so far.
Composing the music across continents was another interesting challenge, two composers mostly communicating via ‘wetransfer’ and ‘youtube’ with a very short time frame of being in the same space at the same time. Again a real pleasure having Karni be part of this, her incredible cello playing and voice both live and recorded but also as she is so much of the history, my very first collaborator in 1992 (whilst still a student at The Place) and a key one ever since.
The dancers are phenomenal, it’s such a joy when we get together we have such a good time in the studio. They make the work sing, they really do. Some have shared a long stretch of history with me- Lyndsey McConville better known as Duck, Aya, Luke and Hannah as well as great having KJ and George join this production.
Weightless by Yale Flexer - Dancer Luke Birch - Image by Chrish Nash
How has the tour been?
The work has really evolved and changed on tour, certainly we got more to grips with the technical demands of the show. Especially me… jumping from running video cues, speaking, dancing, than passing cables and microphones in the wings…. Some touring highlights include the shows in Jerusalem and Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel-Aviv. Really interesting to see how the work is read in Israel especially its questioning of history personal/aesthetic, roots and destabilisation as well as the small element of Hebrew content reflecting the experience of hybrid identities and migration. The Place, Swindon Dance, LICA in Lancaster, The Showroom in Chichester have also been very moving experiences as they were landmark places in terms of the company history and also as some included reconstructions of old works as curtain raisers. The Place was especially exciting with C.A.T students and Cando2 youth doing Shrink’d (2005), EDge doing The Living Room (2010) and having installations in the Founders studio and foyer. It really felt like a celebration and a closure of a certain chapter of our making. It also really held the grain or ethos of our work sharing it with others, youth, students, professionals and the public.
You are closing the tour in Brighton, your home town, how do you feel about this?
It’s fantastic to be ending the tour in Brighton as our home town. Great to share both the show and installation with all the people we know, the dance community, our friends, neighbours and people we bump to on street as well as the Jewish and Israeli community. A real mixed audience which is exactly what we like as the work, we believe, speaks to all regardless of any knowledge of dance. Importantly it is still complex and challenging, accessible without having to resort to flash mobs!
You have been working with Three Score Dance company, has working with local people impacted on the show?
It’s also a real treat to be working with Three Score, Brighton’s over 60s dance company. What a lovely, interested and interesting group of people. I feel South East Dance have very sensitively considered the work as Weightless muses on ageing or arriving at middle age. It’s great to have that added layer or dimension of people at a whole other point in their lives and I’m curious to see how it changes the reading of the work by audiences. It’s also been a great opportunity to work with Alan Duffield as collaborator/dramaturge as he’s writing on our work to date has been insightful.
Weightless by Yael Flexer - Image by Chris Nash - Dancer Aya Kobayashi
What are your future plans?
The future, yes getting a little tingling in the belly about a new project. I’m not revealing any ideas as yet but Nic and I are currently in research mode for the next year and expect to produce a new and wondrous ‘thing’ probably both show and installation or installation show, in 2015. It feels like a true collaboration starting from a very shared premise and so it feels like we are really finding our co-voice or middle-voiceness as sometimes referred to in Contact Impro.
Weightless will be at Brighton Dome on the 5 March. For more information and to book tickets to the show please visit http://brightondome.org/event/3886/weightless/
Monday, 24 February 2014 11:54
I met Kate Sicchio and Marguerite Galizia at the South East Dance Dance Hack in September last year. It was here where they both collaborated for the first time to come up with the initial idea behind #datadance - the idea that a dance piece could be choreographed by real time data streamed from various sources on the internet. The result of the Hack involved the audience at the time (the other hackers), franticly sitting, standing and waving their arms in the air robotically, like a Nintendo Wii version of air traffic control.
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Images by Benji Anker.
Friday, 21 February 2014 09:47
What a year 2013 was! I now find myself at the end of my apprenticeship at City College with my first year as a fully-fledged Digital Administrator at South East Dance to look forward to. The year ahead looks to prove itself to be just as interesting as the last, with plans in place for South East Dance to expand our digital output.
You can now find South East Dance on Vine – please follow us for previews of events, performances and rehearsal clips. We are now also using Issuu to host our online brochures. Visit Press & Media to see our season brochure archive dating back to 2010 or visit our Issuu profile.
Also, over the coming months we plan to host an online panel discussion exploring partnership working to make dance happen across the South East region using Google Hangouts. You will be able to join the discussion or comment on our YouTube channel. Look out for further information on the South East Dance website – Our Diary.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:45
On Monday the 3 February I headed to South East Dance Studios for Big Arts Day, a programme of events and workshops for young people aged between 5 and 18. South East Dance worked with dance Company Flexer and Sandiland, running three workshops throughout the day with themes including leadership, technology and working together. After lunch the children and teachers also enjoyed two performances from Map Dance Company from the University of Chichester.
Images by Benji Anker
Over 90 pupils from 10 schools took part over the course of the day. Here is some of the feedback from the children:
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:13
As part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, South East Dance's Associate Artist Ben Duke popped across the channel to take up a residency at Les Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux (CCN) Caen from 2 - 11 of January. Here are his thoughts:
Our residency in Caen was a fantastic way to begin our research time for this project. The enormous studio space was a place we could fill with ideas. The privacy and the fact that we had a key to the studio meant that we never felt the pressure of the outside world trying to get in. We felt secluded and this allowed us to work hard and also to feel relaxed, this is a perfect combination. We also enjoyed meeting some local artists at the class and would like to have had more time to interact with other dance artists of the region. I hope we can come back another time and continue our relationship with Caen. It was a great place to begin.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:59
Dance writer and journalist Donald Hutera is the writer-in-residence for our cross-Channel project DanSCe Dialogues 2, which explores cultural exchange across eight centres to promote and support the work and growth of contemporary dance artists and companies. Below, Donald shares his thoughts about the most recent Artists' Salon he attended which took place in London last October.
DanSCe Dialogues 2 adopted Pecha Kucha to good effect on October 11 during the artists' salon at the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation's headquarters in King's Place, a modern and buzzing edifice just up and across the road from King's Cross station. The idea was for interested parties from both sides of the Channel to meet and mingle, sharing images and words face-to-face about what they do artistically – and also, given the number of venue reps as well as artists present, where they do it. Always, too, there was the tingling possibility of forming new creative friendships.
The event worked a treat even with an initial spate of technical difficulties (overcome mainly, I believe, through the persevering skills of the ace Cath James). I left the salon coated with a feeling of inspiration after having been exposed to a highly diverse lot of gifted, dedicated people. This was, I suspect, one of the salon's underlying purposes.
What follows is a run-down of the roster of speakers, with occasional comments. Apologies in advance for any sins of omission, imbalances in reportage or inadvertent errors - my tardiness in getting this written! Click here to read the full blog on the DanSCe Dialgues 2 website.
Monday, 06 January 2014 16:52
I work as a finance officer at South East Dance and as I head towards my 50’s I must have had a moment of sheer madness to enrol on the beginners ‘Have a Go at Aerial Dance’ day but I am so glad I did as it was an absolutely amazing experience.
I decided it would be good to have a few friends around me in case I was a complete disaster so I suggested the workshop to my 15 year old daughter, her friend and a young dance teacher I know. All of them grabbed the chance to ‘Have a Go’.
The day began with an hours warm up session which started by us rubbing our bodies all over. I have never used this technique to warm up before but it really works.
We then strapped ourselves in harnesses for vertical rope work on a wall. We learnt all the basics like how to attach ourselves to the rope, swing, turn to the side and upside down. We were then taught a more adventurous move named after female private parts. I can attest that it very aptly named as I felt the pain.
Lindsey our instructor for the day was wonderful. She had a calm air of authority. Her explanations were clear and she was extremely good at analysing where people were going wrong and correcting them.
In the afternoon we moved on the Fabric work, learning how to climb and roll backwards on the fabric. We also learnt the Buddha position which entailed wrapping yourself in the rope into the yoga position to hang in the air. It was extremely comfortable once you were in place.
We finished the day with a cool down which involved massaging our weary muscles in pairs. By the end of the day all four of us were utterly exhausted and I was looking forward to my Epson Salts Bath. However the next day I only ached a bit due to the wonderful warm up and down which were worth the booking fee in themselves.
I will not be taking up Aerial Dancing but the other three in my party are all looking for local classes to carry on and wish to return next year for the weeks workshop. And that’s was South East Dance is all about – encouraging young people to engage in different forms of Dance and to give us older folk a good time. Job done!
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:37
ZoieLogic Dance Theatre wowed local festival goers at the Circus Street Winterland Festival last week, with a stunning performance of the fiercely physical and boundary-pushing duet MurMur – take a look at some of the photos and video captured on the day.
Images and footage by Kirsty Sulston
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