Dance students collaborate with BA Fashion Enterprise

The dance students were thrilled to collaborate with the BA Fashion Enterprise students for their final show in May. The Fashion students designed costumes based on the concept of  Abandonment. The choreography was performed to a full house in the Hazel Pearson Theatre in May 2016.

BA Fashion Enterprise & Dance students working together to finalise contemporary fashion garments for the level 6 dance performance in May.

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Festival of Learning

Several dance students gave fascinating presentations as part of Teesside University’s Festival of Learning March 14th to 17th.

The first of these was a beautiful talk by lecturers Heike Salzer and Lorraine Smith, second year students Stacey Thompson, Kate Smith, Jess Gibson, and third year Tasha Reay about their work at Mima.  It was fascinating to hear about the students’ experience – many had never set foot in an art gallery before – and how Mima has become a second home for them where they feel comfortable not only seeing exhibitions, but dancing in response to them.

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Dance students also took over the Curve with their performance NOW HEAR THIS. The site responsive dances enlivened the space and definitely surprised some visitors!

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Other presentations included the fascinating 100 Costumes by lecturer Lorraine Smith and student Sadie Brooks, Dance and Dementia by lecturer Jennifer Essex and students Rebecca ball and Rheannon Davies, and Divers@Tees – a talk by third year students about their graduate performance company.

 

Teesside Lecturer takes on Huddersfield Costume Show

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This Summer Senior Dance Lecturer Lorraine Smith travelled down to Huddersfield University with Louise Logan (Teesside Student Researcher), Sadie Brooks and Emma Bryan (2nd year Teesside dance students on work placement) to choreograph the Costume with Textiles Degree Show 2015. The show consisted of 26 pieces, around 65 performers (in full costume) and only 10 days to do it in! Thankfully Costume lecturer Nadia Malik and her team were super organised and ready with tea on tap.

The costumes were fantastic and the performers (some of whom had never performed before) did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Lorraine also had the opportunity, with the help of Louise, to collect some interesting performer interviews, which will inform her future research into the impact of costume on the performer.

Lorraine hopes to take future dance students along as assistant choreographers next year.

WE Create film screendances in Iceland

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Programme leader Heike Salzer (dancer in orange) has spent a two week long artists residency travelling through the exciting landscape of Iceland together with Videographer Ana Baer (behind camera, Texas State University) and Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson. The collective with the name WE Create develops exciting screen dances which are created on location. The ‘Extreme Landscapes’ project included among others filming screendance at waterfalls, the impressive Icelandic mountains, black beaches and geo-thermal areas. This exciting research will lead to several screen dance that will be exhibited internationally.

For more info, visit the website: www.salts.nl

(Image credits: Ingi Jensson)

Netotiloz, dance video with BA Dance students at international Festival

A dance video by international videographer and part-time lecturer Jessica Smith who directed BA Dance students in a video inspired by Mexican artist Carmen Avalos is being screened at Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance this week! Don’t miss to see the exciting events at this festival!

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Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside

Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside

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International choreographer Professor Ana Baer has been working with students at Teesside University.

Professor Baer has been teaching dance for over 25 years in her native Mexico, Spain and America – for the past seven years as Associate Professor at Texas State University.

During her time at Teesside as a visiting academic, she led choreography masterclasses and worked with BA (Hons) Dance students to prepare for the University’s Creative Teesside, an annual celebration of work by students from across the wide range of creative subject areas within the School of Arts & Media.

She was also involved in the TDFF (Tees Dance Film Festival) where she gave a presentation on the prestigious international Sans Souci festival held in Colorada, which she co-directs.

Professor Baer, who has been involved in collaborative projects with Teesside University’s Dance Programme Leader Heike Salzer, said: ‘I knew nothing about the Northern part of England until I was introduced to it by Heike. Spending time here has been a wonderful experience.

‘I really enjoy working with students from various cultures as people move so distinctively in different locations. It is almost idiosyncratic to each place.

‘It is a challenge to develop and work on a piece of dance with students I have never met before, but I also enjoy the creative process and the students at Teesside have been wonderful. The culture of Teesside is very welcoming.’

Heike said: ‘It is extremely beneficial for our students to experience working with choreographers and international artists from varied cultural backgrounds as it helps to broaden their experience and it also helps us as teachers to share best practice.

‘Our international visiting academics scheme continues to produce fruitful collaborations and we’re hoping to develop our collaborative work further and looking at ways in which we can connect our students in Teesside with Ana’s students in Texas.’

 

Students and staff perform at Georgina Starr exhibition at Mima

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Students of the BA Dance and BA Performance for Live and Recorded Media, had the exciting opportunity to perform as part of the exhibition by Georgina Starr, I, Cave at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of the Arts.

Lecturers Sarah O’ Brien (PlaRM), Heike Salzer and Rose Payne (both Dance) performed during the Opening Ceremony.

I, Cave is a new solo exhibition from British artist Georgina Starr. Starr’s early works brought her to international attention in the 1990s, and since then she has developed a distinct language through the use of video, sculpture, performance, writing and sound.

The Jewellery Project by the 1st Year Dance Students

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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.

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Fabrication will be premiered as part of the MIMA Consortium on 29th May.

Dance students perform at Tea Dance

As part of Dance Middlesbrough Festival Dance Students performed at the Spring Tea Dance Special. An afternoon with 70 dancers joined for a light lunch before taking to the floor, accompanied by live music from the Jim Fawcett Band.

The special also included guest performances from Victoria Holtom, with some beautiful renditions of classic old tunes and a contemporary dance piece performed by the Dance students.

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Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition at Dance City

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.

 screendance

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.