Fabrication is a site-specific promenade collaboration between the 1st year dancers at Teesside University, lecturer Lorraine Smith and resident jeweller Gemma Draper.
The initial inspiration for the performance piece came from the jewellery exhibition at MIMA gallery. The piece has been influenced by physical methods of making jewellery, mechanical processes, the act of being a tool and acted upon by a tool and the experience of wearing jewellery.
The creation and rehearsal process has been taking place on-site at MIMA gallery, which at first was challenging due to working in the presence of the public. In time this has helped to build our confidence as performers, and developed our performance skills as a whole.
In collaboration we have experienced working at a professional level with an established artist from a different art form and enjoyed engaging with a public and architectually interesting space.The process of choreographing as a large collective group has been challenging but rewarding. Creating the music, devising the piece and making costume choices have given us a wide range of new skills and experiences. This will further help us in our second and third year studies, and in our career pathways post degree.
Fabrication will be premiered as part of the MIMA Consortium on 29th May.
Dance Graduates Holly Bellamy complete 6 month graduate internship as a performer and Gabriella Garroway as Educational Assistant with Graduate Company Fertile Ground led by Artiscti Director Dora Frankel.. The final Gala Performance at The Customs House included works by renowned choreographers Eleesha Drennan Dance (‘Shields of Bone’) & Tom Dale (‘A New Chimera’), alongside brand new works by the company!
Very exciting that Wayne Sleep is the patron of the company and came to see this final performance of the spring tour!
Fertile Ground will hold auditions at Teesside University in April to find new talent to be part of their graduate Dance Company for the upcoming season.
FERTILE GROUND nurtures, inspires and challenges a new generation of dance artists developing and presents inspirational and accessible dance opportunities for the people of the North East of England and beyond. The graduate dance company is led by Artistic Director Dora Frankel and in its first season was made up of four dancers one of which was Holly Bellamy, a Teesside Graduate form 2014.
Dora Frankel says about the company:
“We want to create a graduate dance company for the North East called FERTILE GROUND working with the region’s universities to give dance graduates their first work opportunities. At the same time we want FERTILE GROUND to offer exceptional dance experiences to the people of the North East working across the region reaching new audiences and participants. We want to develop and nurture our dancers and choreographers so that over the next five years there is a real increase in the numbers of dancers staying in and committed to the region forming new artistic constellations whilst we inspire children and young people through dance increasing appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance.”
-Dora Frankel, Artistic Director
FERTILE GROUND is supported by Arts Council England, Sir James Knott Trust and founding patron Gillian Dickinson Trust.
Great Performance of Second year BA Dance Students Choreographies at the Hazel Pearson Theatre on Thursday 5th March. Students showed choreographies that have been developed during the last months resulting in an exciting collection of pieces.
Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland
– Örvarpið TV/Film Award Iceland
Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition
This is a special screening of the installation Extreme Landscapes including
screendances by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer (BA Danc Programme Leader ) and Jessica Smith (Teesside University BA Dance Graduate 2014 with Live Sound Mixing by
Musician Jack Laidlaw. (BSc Music Technology Lecturer) The evening will feature three screendances that have been
filmed on the Great Dunes in Colorado, the challenging environment of ice, snow and
geothermal fields in Iceland and the caves in North Yorkshire.
Saturday 28 February, 7pm | Dance City Exhibition Space on the second floor |
Running time 30 mins | No booking required.
For further information about Dance City and directions go to www.dancecity.co.uk
The installation continues to run daily at Dance City, Newcastle from January 22 to April 27.