Dancing in ‘Dam

By Teesside University Dance student Jessica Gibbs

Teesside University DanceOn the 3rd of November, the student company Diverse@tees from the BA dance degree at Teesside University had the amazing experience of travelling to Amsterdam with senior lecturer Jennifer Essex. It was a great experience that gave the students a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional dance artist.

They had the incredible chance to see the premier of ‘Humpback Runner’ at Zuiderstrandtheater, choreographed by Jiří Pokorný’s and performed by Nederlands Dans Theater. Then to further their knowledge they were privileged to take part in a modern jazz class by Erick Bacon and an afro-fusion class with Avalon Brown.

An amazing trip that allowed me to see the dance sector in a whole new environment and experience the culture of Amsterdam.’ -Stacey Thompson (Member of Diverse@tees)

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.’

Stuart

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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Laban in practice

2014-07-18 16.17.51Dance lecturer Heike has just returned from a week long professional development course in Choreological studies in London. Laban principles are part of Teesside’s teaching and the students are looking forward to a very special event in October, when Jean Newlove, who was Rudolf Laban’s assistant, will visit the University to teach a master class.