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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2nd year student Beth Brownless fulfils her passion for film

Bethany Brownless, a 3rd year student on the BA honours Dance degree at Teesside University got the chance to put the skills she learnt in second year module Dance For Camera to the test this year working on several exciting professional projects. Beth has an interest in becoming a Videographer, creating screendances, and documenting different projects through film.

Over the summer period she completed a professional work placement as a videographer with Jennifer Essex, a senior lecturer at Teesside University. Beth documented Jennifer’s project Replicas, an interactive dance performance influenced by the evolution of communication and intimacy in relationships. Beth’s role as videographer involved creating a series of short films, documenting the rehearsal process, and performances at Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In October, Beth worked as a videographer for Lorraine Smith, a senior lecturer at Teesside University, Annie O’Donnell, an independent artist and Peter Heselton, a music producer documenting their performance of Elizabeth and the Three Sisters which was performed as part of Nightfall 2016.

Beth says:

“These experiences really challenged my skills as a videographer. I had to use my own initiative, allowing myself to experiment with camera angles, positioning, storylines, music choices and, editing abilities. I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge as a videographer and this has enlightened my passion to take this further, gaining a future career from this. “

Watch one of Beth’s films:

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)

‘Being a Video-Choreographer’- article published in International Screendance Journal

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An article by Heike Salzer (Artistic Co-Director Tees Dance Film Fest) and Ana Baer (of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema), has been published in the current issue of The International Journal of Screendance.
In the article, entitled ‘Being a Video-Choreographer: Describing the Multifaceted Role of a Choreographer Creating Screendance’, Heike interviews Ana about making and curating dance videos. The article is published in tandem with the Tees Dance Film Fest where many of the films cited in the article will be screened.
http://screendancejournal.org/index#.VVO3eFyvFiF

 

Emotional Geography Conference, Edinburgh

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PDance lecturers Heike Salzer (Dance), alongside BA Dance Graduate Jessica Smith, international partner Ana Baer (Texas State University) (featured on picture ) and BSc Music Technology Lecturer Jack Laidlaw are presenting a panel session with the title ‘Motion and emotions through heterogeneous geographies’  at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies. at Edinburgh University.

A second panel will be delivered by School of Arts and Media lecturers, Dr Sarah O’Brien (Performance), Dr Chris Thurgar-Dawson (Creative Writing), Robert Burton (Design) and Gemma Draper, (Jewellery-Resident Artist at Mima)

This conference brings together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society.

The need to pay attention to the role of emotions in personal, professional and societal life has been gaining acceptance in academic and public spheres since the time when these conferences were inaugurated. With greater attention has come a greater diversity of ways of researching and conceptualising emotions, affect and their kin, and a wider range of fields in which they are being studied. New technologies give individuals greater emotional reach than ever before. Meanwhile, industries structured around the manipulation of emotion have grown savvier than ever.

 

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.