She currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist based in London. Particular fields of interest include dance in education, gaga technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation. Recent performances include work with Rachel Burn (London, Surrey) and Delve Dance (Hull, Oxford, London, Sussex), of which she is also Artistic Director. Laura teaches extensively, working as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston University, an Animateur for Richard Alston Dance Company, and delivering dance programme’s for primary schools. Laura also dabbles in Dance Management and has recently received funding from Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Legacy Trust and Southwark Council to facilitate a community dance platforms in East London. She is delighted to be joining the faculty at Teesside at this time.
For my third year work related context placement I was eager to work with professional dance filmmakers to further develop my theoretical and philosophical approaches to dance film whilst gaining knowledge and the fundamental skills in the processes of making dance film.
I expressed my interest to Goat Media (Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes) in Scotland. This was warmly received and we agreed that I could join them in the development of their new film project ‘Wild Land’
The Wild Dance Film project is collaboration between Goat Media and The Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, based around models to map the attributes of wildness. The aim is to support research carried forward by Dr R McMorran in developing robust and repeatable methods of mapping wild land and on planning, policy and the management of these protected landscapes.
Project Description: A cross-art form project using video to work with landform mapping data to explore how conceptions of wildness differ according to the observer’s point of view and how this can be and is influenced by romantic representation of the wild lands in the past and present.
Being able to work with established professionals and well-renowned directors from Goat Media was an excellent opportunity for me to ‘get to grips’ with the professional aspects, technical issues and evolution of conceptualization when shooting dance film. Therefore this site-specific work placement was an integral learning process for me.
Katrina McPherson’s ‘Making Video Dance’ book was also one of the most constructive textual presentations and guided filmmaking processes that I have studied.
(Away From Here, 2012) (The Time it Takes, 2010) (There is a Place, 2010) and (Force of Nature, 2011) are some examples of their film work.
I have found Goat Media’s work and this placement highly inspiring and adding in furthering my development of new skills. I hope to utilize these skills and develop a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge base to synthesize my ideas and produce a dance film for my Final Year Creative Project, and hopefully enhance my career prospects through future opportunities within the dance film industry.
Together with choreographer/researcher Kristine Sommerlade, Heike has been invited to present a paper/workshop with the title, ‘The influence of the ‘collective mythology’ of dance on the future of dance artists and practices’ at the Inventing Futures: Artistic Research with/in Educational Institutions conference, at Artez in Arnhem, Holland, in December.
The conference brings together artists and researchers to extend the discussion on artistic research to the inter/national field and is an initiative of the ArtEZ Master of Choreography and Bertha Bermudez / ICKamsterdam, with the support of the ArtEZ Professorship Theory in Art.