Dance and Occupational Therapy Collaboration

The Dance Department worked with Occupational Therapy this autumn on a day of inter-professional learning for students and staff. The day provided an opportunity for dance and OT students to understand how several physical limitations might affect a person’s movements. Workshops took place at Teesside University’s Mercuria Studio and were the result of several months of consultation between the two teams in an effort to use inter-disciplinary learning to provide students with a diverse skill set.

Students wore glasses that partially obstructed their vision, bands to mimic the effect of a missing limb, and suits to help them understand the restriction of an arthritic body.  Movement exercises were then delivered by staff to help the students consider how the restrictions might affect people physically, mentally, and psychologically.

The result was a rich discussion and increased understanding for both staff and students. One student commented the day “made me aware of how I should use empathy within practice for ALL clients”. Another said the session made them think about “how limb restrictions/amputees will be affected not only on the physical level, but mentally and psychologically. The tiredness and overall strain would be overwhelming to begin with.”

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Upcoming Guests and Performances

We’re looking forward to welcoming several guests to Teesside University this spring. Kimberley Harvey of Subtle Craft Company is returning to work with our first year students at Mima.  We’re also welcoming Zubaidah Saebu and Louise Masters as guest teachers.

For our upcoming performance at the Hazel Person Theatre May 24th we’re also welcoming several guest choreographers. The students are very lucky to be working with Jack Webb, one of Scotland’s leading choreographers and teachers with a decade of experience in the UK and internationally. We are certainly looking forward to having his bold and distinctive artistic voice back in Teesside.Jack WEBB

Ana Baer from Texas State University also returns to the University to create a new work for the students.  Ana’s work emphasises collaboration and brings a global perspective – she has previously presented work in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, Greece, Spain, France, and multiple venues in Germany, UK, Mexico and USA.  See some of her video dance work here: https://vimeo.com/116116575.  The performances are May 24th at 4 and 6:30pm at the Hazel Pearson Theatre.  To book tickets please contact  arts@tees.ac.uk or 01642 384019

Fertile Ground Dance Company workshop

Fertile Ground Dance Company visited the dance students this week to give an inspiring repertoire workshop based on the companie’s current pieces. Great to see our very own Bethany Robinson as part of the company this year! We are looking forward to welcome the company back for the audition in April!

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Subtle Kraft Dance Company

Subtle Kraft visited the University for a practical workshop with students on the BA (Hons) Dance course.

They returned the following day to stage a unique performance and question and answer session.

Subtle Kraft is an inclusive contemporary dance company who use movement as an expression of enjoyment, communication and humanity. The visit to Teesside was part of its ‘Moments Revisited’ tour which is also calling at London and Edinburgh.

Around 25 students took part in the workshop and benefited from learning new techniques and perspectives of dance teaching and choreography.

Lorraine Smith, Senior Lecturer in Dance, said: ‘Both myself and the students were inspired by Subtle Kraft’s work. The company engaged the students in new innovative methods of translating movement to a wide range of people. They create and present their work in a very interesting way and it provided the students with an inspiring approach to choreography and performance.’

Poldark choreographer keeps students on their toes

A choreographer currently working on BBC drama Poldark has been sharing his knowledge of dance from bygone eras with students at Teesside University

Stuart Marsden, professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specialising in historic dance, spent time with students from the BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media and BA (Hons) Dance degree courses.

He is currently working on dance choreography for the forthcoming BBC series of Poldark and has been involved in a variety of other historical television documentaries which have featured dances from the past.

While at Teesside he held workshops in historic dance with the students before putting them through their paces by introducing them to social dances which were popular during Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian times.

Stuart, a classically training ballet dancer who trained at the Rambert School of Dance and also works as a musician, said: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the students’ energy, they really got involved and it has been a real joy to work with them.

‘I came directly from the Poldark set in Gloucestershire to Teesside University and it’s great to have so much variety in my work and have the opportunity to work with young dancers just preparing to embark on their own careers.’

Heike Salzer, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Dance, said: ‘It is a real honour to welcome someone of Stuart’s calibre to the University and it is great that our students are able to learn dance techniques from such a niche area which could become a lost art. It is something so completely different from the contemporary dance they are involved in.’

Ronan Paterson, Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart who is so passionate about his work and it is a real boost for our students to be able to benefit from his knowledge and expertise.’

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Tees Dance Film Fest 2015

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TEES DANCE FILM FEST 2015 – Thursday 14th May

A programme of exciting dance films from all over the world will be screened at Mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Big Screen andTeesside University.

The evening event at Mima features the official selection of the best films of TDFF and includes a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado.

All events are free.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST Special Selection featuring a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado (USA)

Visually stunning dance films from all over the world.

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm / Reception from 6.30pm and screening from 7.00pm, AudienceAll ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

Click here to book your place.

View the programme of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema here.

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DANCE SHORTS- International dance films inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures 

Pass by at the Centre Square to view short dance films created by young makers and professional videographers

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Big Screen, Centre Square, Middlesbrough

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SCREENING  – innovative, experimental and quirky 

Drop in to this informal event featuring a rolling programme of exciting dance films from all over the world.

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

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SCREENDANCE INSTALLATION: Extreme landscapes

Created in caves in the UK, on the Great Dunes in Colorado, and in the challenging environment of ice, snow and geothermal fields in Iceland, this installation invites you to experience constrasting landscapes.

Featuring Choreographer-Videographers; Ana Baer, Heike Salzer, Jessica Smith

Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13, Phoenix building, Teesside University

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PRESENTATION by internationally acclaimed videographer, Ana Baer

Creating a screen dance in a natural environment: Improvising, adapting and everything in between.

TDFF’s special guest speaker is award-winning, Mexican video-choreographer Ana Baer. Ana teaches as Associate Professor at Texas State University and has collaborated with many dance luminaries internationally.  Her work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as interdisciplinary performances and choreography.

Time: 4pm – 5pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13 Phoenix Building, Teesside University, Stephenson Street

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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.