Festival of Learning

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.

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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!

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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.

 

Third year’s dance company Diverse@tees at Moving Frontiers

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.

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Dance students performing at Billingham International Folklore Festival

TRio2Two 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’.

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Photo credit: Ikuko Tsuchiya

International choreographers create work for BA Dance students

 

BA Dance students had a great time performing at their end of year performance during Creative Arts Teesside studentsweek. Choreographies from international choreographers Zubaidah Saebu, Jack Webb and James Wilton were part of the programme and an audience saw two energetic and varied shows!

 

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.

Tees staff visit local colleges

With applications for degrees beginning Sept 14 being finalised and those for Sept 15 opening soon the dance staff at Teesside have been inundated with requests to conduct workshops at various sixth form colleges.

Today, Laura from Dance and Sarah from PLaRM, were delighted to visit the fantastic department at Prior Pursglove and teach an enthusiastic bunch of performing arts students. Lots of talent present, we hope some of you will join us at Tees soon!

To arrange a visit for your school/college, contact angela.wood@tees.ac.uk

Choreographer James Wilton as visiting artist working with BA dance students

James WiltonJames Wilton has worked for two days with the BA Dance students developing exciting new work for the end of year performance. The workshops were energetic days full of new movement and inspiration.

James began his choreographic career whilst a student at London Contemporary Dance School where his works Drift and Threads were toured nationally and internationally with LC3. 

After graduating from LCDS James was commissioned to re-work Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010-2014. In 2013 the work was also staged on Ballet Hagen for performance.

In the past 12 months James has created works for London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Brighton University, Roehampton University, Yorkshire Youth Dance, Brighton and Hove Youth Dance, Shoreditch Youth Dance, CAT Laban, CAT Swindon and Junior Dance Company at The Place.

James has also done large amount of education work for many well established dance education organisations, including Youth Dance England, London youth Dance, Connect Sadlers Wells, The Place learning and access, MovingEast and East London Dance.

 

Jack Webb creating exciting choreography for BA Dance students

 

Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has spent a week working with the BA Dance students to develop the piece ‘75’. It will be presented as part of Creative Arts week on Thursday 29th May at the Mercuria dance studio, at 15.30 + 17.30

Jwebb75Jack trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and is one of Scotland’s leading dance artists. He has worked internationally with many with companies and choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Company Chordelia Dance Theatre/Scottish Opera, Croiglan Integrated Dance (work by Adam Benjamin), David Hughes Dance Scotland (work by Kylie Walters and Tanja Liedtke) Alan Greig Dance Theatre, Via Negativa (Slovenia) Grange Park Opera, Jose Vidal Company, Arthur Pita, Ben Wright, Charles Linehan, Angus Balbernie, Ian Spink, the Curve Foundation Dance Company, (works by Hofesh Scechter, Henri Oguike, Jonathan Watkins and Morgan Runacre Temple), Dance Theatre Luxembourg and Matthew Hawkins amongst others.

Since 2006 he has created a vast body of work which has been presented at various major festivals and platforms including Tramway, Glasgow, Dock11 Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nottdance, Nottingham, New Territories International Festival of Live Art, Ada Studio, Berlin, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Hamburg, Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Dance Base, Dance Live, Aberdeen, March Moves, Aberdeen, the Place, London, Embrace Arts, Leicester, the Traverse, Edinburgh, the Arches, Glasgow, DanceCity, Newcastle amongst many others as well as commissions from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Third Row Dance Company at Roehampton University, London and Dance 4’s Centre for advanced Training students.