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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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)

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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Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland

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Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland
– Örvarpið TV/Film Award Iceland

Strönd has been selected to be part of the exciting Short Film Festival Örvarpið

TV/Film Award of the National Icelandic TV broadcasting station at Bioparadis, Reykjavik, Iceland, on 7th March 2015.

Watch the trailer.

Artist Residency at Texas State University

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Dance Lecturer Heike Salzer invited for an Artist Residency at Texas State University
The piece Zefiro is performed by Merge Dance Company, the student dance company of  Texas State University Department of Dance, San Marcos, TX. The piece is part of Intersections, a multidisciplinary event that features choreography by guest artists Ellen Bartel (Austin), Alyson Dolan (Austin), Heike Salzer (UK), and by the Dance Faculty of Texas State University; directed by Ana Baer and Michelle Nance.

Zefiro will feature an original Soundcollage by composers James Barron & Thomas James

Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th: 7:30p.m.

Saturday, March 7th: 2:00p.m.

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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.

Head of Performing Arts Ronan Paterson at the Asian Shakespeare Association conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

Haka operaHead of Performing Arts Ronan Paterson trying very hard (if a little unsucccessfully) to look graceful during a workshop in Haka Opera at the Asian Shakespeare Association conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Ronan, who has travelled all over the world speaking about, performing or directing Shakespeare’s plays, gave a paper at this prestigious event which drew participants from all corners of the globe. Teesside has a research partnership with Providence University in Taiwan, and is now involved in a research project on Manga versions of Shakespeare with Shirayuri College in Tokyo and Tsukuba University, also in Japan. Watch this space for news of an exciting event in the UK next year!

3rd HEA Arts and Humanities Annual Learning & Teaching Conference

The Lowry Theatre in Salford was well represented by the Teesside University staff and students at the 3rd HEA Arts and Humanities annual learning and teaching conference, this year titled ‘Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities’

The first presentation was by Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer who spoke aboutpedagogical research project undertaken with her BA Dance students in spring 2014. She considered the emotional culture that students operate in and if the values and norms develop and change during the course of their degree.

This was followed by Teaching Fellow Richard Sober and two interior students, first year Emily Hogg and second year Rebecca Hayman.  They presented a paper discussing student perceptions of current Higher education debates including value for money, independent learning and developing a readiness for employment.  The session was chaired by Carolyn Bew the National Lead for Art & Design and she invited them to reprise the paper at the HEA Teaching in Practice conference later this month in London

The SAM presenters with HEA Lead Carolyn Bew

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