By Teesside University Dance student Jessica Gibbs
On 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)
Several dance students gave fascinating presentations as part of Teesside University’s Festival of Learning March 14th to 17th.
The first of these was a beautiful talk by lecturers Heike Salzer and Lorraine Smith, second year students Stacey Thompson, Kate Smith, Jess Gibson, and third year Tasha Reay about their work at Mima. It was fascinating to hear about the students’ experience – many had never set foot in an art gallery before – and how Mima has become a second home for them where they feel comfortable not only seeing exhibitions, but dancing in response to them.
Dance students also took over the Curve with their performance NOW HEAR THIS. The site responsive dances enlivened the space and definitely surprised some visitors!
Other presentations included the fascinating 100 Costumes by lecturer Lorraine Smith and student Sadie Brooks, Dance and Dementia by lecturer Jennifer Essex and students Rebecca ball and Rheannon Davies, and Divers@Tees – a talk by third year students about their graduate performance company.
The third year’s dance company Diverse@tees has performed their piece ‘Lost Letters’ at Moving Frontiers hosted by FRESH, at the House of BlahBlah on Thursday 29th October. They are now happy to announce that they will be delivering workshops in secondary schools in the Teesside area, working closely with dance and props, comedy pieces and different dynamics.
If you are interested in booking a FREE Divers@Tees performance and/or workshop for your school, community group or event please contact them via their Facebook page.
Two pieces of this year’s Final Dance Projects have been invited by Olga Maloney, Artistic Director of the Billingham International Folklore Festival, to perform at the evening of World Dance in the Town Hall in Middleborough on 11th August. Tickets are available here and the evening starts at 7.30.
The festival has its 50th anniversary and is a great event where dancers from all over the world come to Bilingham to present their performances, give workshops and meet dancers coming from South Korea to Mexico. We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic event.
The images show Rachel Ashford and Robyn Leonard in their piece’ Trio’.
Photo credit: Ikuko Tsuchiya
Huey Teng third year BA Dance student performed a stunning multimedia performance as part of her final project. She collaborated with a student from Computer Animation who developed her dance as an animated visual dance which was projected on the stage. A beautiful and original set design!
The performance was so successful that Huey has also been invited to perform her piece at this year’s Billingham International Folklore Festival.
Students of the BA Dance had a great time working with Phoenix Dance Theatre! Students had the chance to experience one of their dancers Amanda Lewis in action and learned repertoire of this excting dance company. They enjoyed the truely interesting and challenging choreography by the Eurpopean choreographers, Ivgi & Greben.
You can see some samples of this work on the youtuube channel of Phoenix Dance Theatre