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Alumni interview with The Place
Sept 2018 – Over the summer I had a chat with folks at The Place about my experience in the EDge Company & London Contemporary Dance School and offered a few words for anyone thinking about applying for the program…
Residency at Pavilion Dance South West
Aug 2018 – Continuing my development of a new piece in collaboration with sound designer Dougie Brown and 3D designer Tim Burrell-Saward, I was in residence at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth with dancers Andrew Oliver and Jordan Ajadi. We were working in a beautiful studio that opened its doors right onto the seafront. The project is still in the works so stay tuned.
Professional Class Series at The Lodge Space
Aug 2018 – We are shifting the focus of [openclass] towards creating a series of professional classes with rotating teachers at The Lodge Space in SE London. Starting September 2018, ten artists will be teaching two back-to-back morning classes on a Wednesday and Thursday morning, each class is £6.00 (£7 inc. booking fee), and we have a super exciting line-up of artists, see below…
Sept 19 + 20 Ben McEwen // Flying Low
Sept 26 + 27 Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi // Release Technique
Oct 10 + 11 Sung-Im Her (Les ballets C de la B) // Somatic & Bodywor
Oct 17 + 18 Stephanie McMann // Improvisation & Phrase Work
Oct 24 + 25 Lewis Wilkins // Partnering & Contact
Nov 7 + 8 Evangelia Kolyra // Voice & Movement
Nov 14 + 15 James Muller // Cunningham Technique
Nov 21 + 22 Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot // Release Technique
Dec 5 + 6 Leah Marojevic // Improvisation & Phrase Work
Dec 10 + 14 Natalia Iwaniec // Gaga/dancers WEEK LONG (9:45 – 11:00am)
Booking and more info: at www.openclass.dance
Photography by Yarek Baranik, Dolly Brown and John Delvin
New ISTD Contemporary Dance Syllabus with Ross McKim
Aug 2018 – Since Dec 2017 I have been part of a small team of practitioners working with Dr. Ross McKim (ex-Principle and Artistic Director of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance) and the ISTD on the creation of a new Contemporary Dance Syllabus. I taught two introductory courses this summer at Cecchetti Summer School (Elmhurst) and the ISTD Residential Summer School in Chichester. The first level of the syllabus is to be released by the end of 2018. More information on the syllabus.
Image from the Gospel of Ross McKim trailer by Suzanne Gielgud
Children’s Contemporary Dance Show 2018
July 2018 – With now 24 students, the school is growing and all the children came together and put on a show for the SE16 community on July 6th at The Lodge Space. Each student had a chance to perform choreography that they had a part to play in creating. The theme this year was ‘acceleration’ – each of the dances used this idea within the dynamics of movement and the music chosen. More information about the school here.
Photography by Natalie Mitchell
Multi-sensory dinner and performance @ arbyte Gallery
April 10 & 11 2018 – I am working on a new collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Inês Neto dos Santos to create a unique evening of dinner and performance with an innovative spin on what a dance and a meal can be, individually, or together. The menu will borrow themes and aesthetics from double pendulum, interpreting them through flavours, textures and colours. With this immersive, multi-sensory experience our aim is to introduce new audiences to contemporary arts and dance in an interesting and stimulating environment. More on Mesa… here
Photography by Liz Gorman
The Playground – explore, create, collaborate and play
Nov 1oth 2017 – This was the first of a series of monthly events where professional artists from all backgrounds were invited to Rambert Studios to share space and ideas with other creative minds. I attended as a choreographer and offered tasks and phrases from the new piece I am working on. I didn’t know exactly who or how many dancers I would have in the studio that evening so I came with a very open agenda to play with an open score, teach a phrase and give it over to them to manipulate the movement in duets and trios. At the end of the evening we shared what we worked on that evening and I described my thinking behind the process. I came away with ideas, questions, new combinations of material and an excitement about furthering my research. Thank you to Jordan Ajadi, Pierre Tappon, Bridget Lappin, James Muller, Edit Domoszlai, Maddie Capel-Bird and The Playground team.
Photography by Elliott Franks
Something new is cooking!
Nov 1 & 2 2017 – I had two days in the studio doing some initial research for a new collaboration coming in 2018. Myself, Andrew Oliver, Jordan Ajadi, Fabiola Santana and Ellis Saul worked together to learn movement, create new phrases and develop existing ideas. Photographer Liz Gorman, who I met last Spring at the Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform, came in to capture the last hour of the session. More to come on this – stay tuned!
Photography by Liz Gorman
July 6 – 8 2017 – Andrew and I took double pendulum to Figueres, Spain (birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí) as part of AGITART festival, an annual showcase of contemporary dance and arts, transforming the city into a hub for creative expression. We performed the piece in a large central square on a warm Friday evening with audience on all sides. This was the first time the piece was done both outdoors and ‘in the round’. We were nervous about the surface of the stage being concrete because originally we danced it in bare feet – we even rehearsed it in shoes, testing it out in tennis courts in London before flying to Spain. But once we saw the stage ourselves we saw the concrete was smooth and wouldn’t be a problem, ditched the shoes last minute and danced it as we had always done.
Video from AGITART
July 14th 2017 – Since 2015 I have been running creative classes for young people at Canada Water Studios. In July we had our first year end performance where each class had an opportunity to show the choreography they had been working on. I built the dances with the children, inspiring them to be creative and come up with their own movement. This year’s performance was called PULSE and all the work was inspired by natural shapes in and beyond our world. More about Children’s Contemporary Dance.
Photography by Jessica Southwood
A dance for 19
July 27th 2017 – I had one day with the oldest students of the Cecchetti Summer School at Elmhurst Ballet School to teach a contemporary class and set a piece on them. It was the first time I created something with a large group – there are so many more possibilities of shapes, patterns and transitions when working with big groups. With such a time constraint too you become less critical and have to make decisions fast. Luckily the students were totally on board and by 9pm that night we had something. See where else I teach.
Photo taken at Elmhurst Ballet School
Bird’s eye view
July 29th 2017 – We performed double pendulum as part of Screwed, three evenings of dance curated by Orley Quick. The performances were held at The Bunker Theatre in London Bridge, a former underground parking garage that has been transformed into a unique 110-seater studio theatre. On seeing the piece, the videographer Mike Harwood was inspired to film it overhead, check out the clip above! Filming from this angle gives you a unique perspective on the last section of the piece especially because its all danced on the spot consisting of a pattern of arm swings that accumulate in coordination with the other persons.
Video by Mike Harwood
Kaleidoscopic Arts 4th Platform
May 19th 2017 – double pendulum was programmed in an evening of dance brought together by Konstantina Skalionta and Lucia Schweigert under the umbrella of Kaleidoscopic Arts. Their mission with this organisation is to support emerging female choreographers in making and promoting their work in a dance scene that is ‘dominated, not in quality and quantity, but in publicity and popularity, by male choreographers.’
Photography by Liz Gorman
[openclass] new location + Yoga added
May 2017 – In 2016 Sally Marie started professional ballet classes at Canada Water Studios, once a week at an affordable rate so more freelance artists can access it. Since she has passed the initiative over to me and the classes now run out of a nearby studio called The Lodge Space. The classes still run with the same principle of affordable morning classes, and now offer a Yoga class on Wednesday mornings taught by Eve Veglio-White, with Ballet on Thursday mornings taught by myself. Find out more about the classes here.
Design by Ben Toms
2-year business mentorship awarded
April 28th 2017 – I started with the Prince’s Trust in 2016 learning business enterprise skills to apply to my freelance projects as an artist (because you don’t often learn that in a dance institution). By April 2017 I had been paired with a mentor and created a business and was ready for ‘Panel’. Panel means pitching your business plan to two executives from the Prince’s Trust with a two-year plan and financial breakdown. My pitch was successful and I was awarded two years of continued mentorship and access to the workshops and resources.
Photography by Liz Gorman
push, pull, flourish and falter, but never stop
Jan 13th 2017 – Myself, John Ross Dance and Simone & Elisabeth shared the stage on this Friday evening, the second night of the two month long festival at The Place. Ric Mountjoy & Lucy Hansom designed the lights for the piece using calculated geometric shapes and squares rippling and flickering across the stage. I felt spoiled by the possibilities that the Robin Howard Theatre’s lighting rig can offer and now looking back at where we toured the piece that Spring (community halls, fringe theatres and outdoor stages) we were right to feel that. The opportunity to work with full dance rigs is rare at this stage. See trailer, program notes and reviews of double pendulum.
Photography by Chantal Guevara