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:

Teesside Lecturer takes on Huddersfield Costume Show


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.

Wayne Sleep is patron of Fertile Ground

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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 holds audition at Teesside


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.

Dance student secures placement at Tanz Fabrik Berlin

Gabriella Garroway secured a placement with Tanz Fabrik Berlin  at the Uferstudios for the summer 2013. She will be contributing to the summer festival Tanz Nacht Berlin, that will take place in August. Her role will include aspects of production and the assistance to the production manager. During that time she will be able to work alongside some great artists and be involved in an excitinf event.