I was in the audience in the production of Solas Fae, which was roughly 50 minutes long. Personally I found the most challenging part of watching the production was figuring out the narrative of the show. However, the music of the violin and the quirky costumes has stuck in my head! From this experience I have learnt that a piece of dance can be very simple and portray different stories for each member of the audience. This became a learning curve for me and taught me to open my mind more when it comes to productions and story lines, very beneficial for my future projects!
Tasha Reay (2nd year, BA Dance)
I undertook my placement at DancElite school of freestyle dance which is based where I live, Peterlee. I completed the requested 24 hours over 6 weeks. Two hours a night, twice a week. During my placement, I worked closely with ages 3 to 18, making dances, taking warmups and rehearsing their competition routines. I believe the most challenging part of the placement was actually going there for the first week. Getting to know the students was quite nerve-wracking however, after the first week I grew close to the students and have now got a paid job at the school, teaching dance for two hours a week. The placement was very beneficial for me as it gave me an insight and a chance to put community dance teaching into practice. Doing the placement has assured me that the career path I once set myself will be the right decision.
Since spring 2014, associate lecturer Peter Wilkinson has been producing video content for the Historic Royal Palaces and the Tower of London, documenting the creation and installation of their well publicised art installation and commemoration, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.
Two films have been created so far and have been published on Youtube and Vimeo, with more work to follow in the future. The installation involved the creation and planting of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London – one poppy for each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War.
The two films can be seen here:
Making the poppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58aX_EBwzr4
Installing the poppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZPoyTiJJc
For my work placement I divided my time working between two placements working within an educational environment. I worked alongside the dance teacher at Egglescliffe Comprehensive School shadowing and assisting in GCSE Dance classes and rehearsals over 3 weeks. I also taught 1 hour street dance sessions within The Links Primary School for one day during their sports week to a class from each year.
I found it challenging to plan and deliver a GCSE Dance workshop as I had never experienced this before. However, I enjoyed teaching in a secondary school to students who had chosen the option to take dance as they were enjoyable and enthusiastic to teach and were motivated to learn more and improve.
It was interesting to see how GCSE dance was taught within a school.
The most memorable part of my placement was the placement within the primary school, where I was amazed to see the interest shown by the young boys. They were very keen to involve themselves with the dance activities and were constantly full of enthusiasm and ideas.
I found the whole experience of the placement very beneficial as it allowed me to prove to myself that I had the confidence and knowledge to deliver a lesson on my own with no assistance from more experienced staff and this in itself gave me a feeling of achievement. I would have no hesitation in taking a dance class in the future.
63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W a Screendance by Heike Salzer and her company Salts, has been invited as the only British/Icelandic entry for the main screening at The I Mostra Internacional de Dança: Imagens em Movimento a Céu Aberto – IMA 2014, in Ribeirão Preto city and São Paulo state, 24th-26th October 2014.
It will also be part of the Archive of the Video Library Centro Cultural Palace (Palace Cultural Center)
Directors and Choreography: Heike Salzer & Ingi Jensson
Dancer: Saga Sigurðardóttir
Camera: Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson
Editing: Heike Salzer
Sound: Jack Laidlaw-Music & Heike Salzer
Year of completion: 2014
Country of production: Iceland & United Kingdom
The students of the BA Dance had the opportunity to join in with the dancers of Fertile Ground Dance Company, led by artistic director Dora Frankel, who are resident in Middlesbrough during November. The class given by choreographer Tom Dale was inspiring and the students are looking forward to view the Open rehearsal at the end of the month.