The Lowry Theatre in Salford was well represented by the Teesside University staff and students at the 3rd HEA Arts and Humanities annual learning and teaching conference, this year titled ‘Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities’
The first presentation was by Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer who spoke aboutpedagogical research project undertaken with her BA Dance students in spring 2014. She considered the emotional culture that students operate in and if the values and norms develop and change during the course of their degree.
This was followed by Teaching Fellow Richard Sober and two interior students, first year Emily Hogg and second year Rebecca Hayman. They presented a paper discussing student perceptions of current Higher education debates including value for money, independent learning and developing a readiness for employment. The session was chaired by Carolyn Bew the National Lead for Art & Design and she invited them to reprise the paper at the HEA Teaching in Practice conference later this month in London
The SAM presenters with HEA Lead Carolyn Bew
For my Final Year Creative Project I decided I wanted to do something which was a little bit different; which is why I chose to organise a dance film festival
During second year I completed a dance for the camera module which was something extremely new and fascinating to me as I had never seen any screen dance films before. For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to give film makers a platform to screen their work to a public audience and also give the audience the chance to explore a different route into Dance.
During the process I collaborated with fellow dance students, Teesside University graphic design student Victor Dina and also Middlesbrough Council, it was a great experience for me to work with so many different people – I also managed to receive support from Tees Valley Dance for my event.
It was the first ever dance film event to be screened in Middlesbrough Centre Square and screened films by both amateur and professional filmmakers from all over the world including John T. Williams who’s films have been presented in over 50 film festivals throughout South America, Europe, Asia and the United States, Oliver Murray and Georgia Parris. The event which took place on Thursday 22nd May also featured a live solo performance by third year Teesside dance student Huey Teng.
With support from Middlesbrough Council the event was able to take place on The Big Screen in Middlesbrough Centre Square, this was a great space to host the event and I was happy that I was able to bring a bit of culture to the town that evening.
I think Tees Dance Film Fest has the ability to become an annual event as it was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed organising it!
Many thanks to Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Dance, Writers Block Big Screen, Victor Dina, Samantha Dixon, Jessica Smith and Phillip Brown for their support on this project.
Following a successful panel interview Oliver Clarke (BA PLRM) was offered the summer post of student-as-researcher (June-Sept). Oliver is to work on a performance based project with staff at the University; the outcome of which is to be presented in September 2014.
Oliver will assist Dr Sarah O’Brien on one of her current PaR projects. This may include co-writing, creative design, performing (acting, music, movement) or video editing. The project may also include an opportunity for the student to work alongside other academics and artists in the school.
We look forward to seeing the output of the project this September – well done and good luck Ollie!
Some great images of this year’s Creative Arts Week.
James Wilton has worked for two days with the BA Dance students developing exciting new work for the end of year performance. The workshops were energetic days full of new movement and inspiration.
James began his choreographic career whilst a student at London Contemporary Dance School where his works Drift and Threads were toured nationally and internationally with LC3.
After graduating from LCDS James was commissioned to re-work Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010-2014. In 2013 the work was also staged on Ballet Hagen for performance.
In the past 12 months James has created works for London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Brighton University, Roehampton University, Yorkshire Youth Dance, Brighton and Hove Youth Dance, Shoreditch Youth Dance, CAT Laban, CAT Swindon and Junior Dance Company at The Place.
James has also done large amount of education work for many well established dance education organisations, including Youth Dance England, London youth Dance, Connect Sadlers Wells, The Place learning and access, MovingEast and East London Dance.