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

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


Dance artist Zubaidah Saëbu joins the dance team

Zubaidah Saëbu will be teaching contemporary dance technique, fitness and body conditioning to the dance students of the BA Dance. The section is delighted that she has joined the team for this spring term.

ZubaidahZubaidah Saëbu was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and trained at the Modern Theatre Dance Department of the Theaterschool in Amsterdam, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance (BDa). In her last year she did her work placement with Tees Valley Dance and has not left the area since.

After working for Tees Valley Dance as a fulltime dancer for 3 years, she started working as a Freelance Dance Artist. She currently tours with children’s theatre company Tell Tale Hearts and next to this teaches regularly in education, from nursery up to university level under the Vivid Dance name.

Some of the choreographers/dance artists that Zubaidah has worked with include Leine & Roebana, Dora Frankel, David Zambrano, Sanna Myllylahti, Jennifer Hanna and Maria Naidu.

New lecturer Laura Erwin joins the dance team

Laura Erwin by R Cherry4Laura trained at Middlesex University, graduating with First Class Honours before gaining a Masters Degree at London Contemporary Dance School. 

She currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist based in London. Particular fields of interest include dance in education, gaga technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation. Recent performances include work with Rachel Burn (London, Surrey) and Delve Dance (Hull, Oxford, London, Sussex), of which she is also Artistic Director. Laura teaches extensively, working as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston University, an Animateur for Richard Alston Dance Company, and delivering dance programme’s for primary schools. Laura also dabbles in Dance Management and has recently received funding from Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Legacy Trust and Southwark Council to facilitate a community dance platforms in East London. She is delighted to be joining the faculty at Teesside at this time.

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference

katye_image_web_DSP2013Dance lecturers Heike Salzer and Rose Payne have been inspired by their participation at this year’s Dance and Somatic practices Conference. The conference is a three-day event of C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research) presented in collaboration with Independent Dance (London). It invites somatic practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a range of subject domains to transverse discipline borders and investigate the approaches that embodied thinking and action can afford to philosophical and socio-cultural inquiry.

New publication out soon…

O’Brien, Sarah (2013) ‘Thinking Through Moving Image and Performance’ in Of Other Thoughts: Non-traditional Approaches to the Doctorate. Sense Publishers. (In Press)

In this chapter, O’Brien discusses the need to generate methodologies for non-traditional projects that are adequate to the research subject matter and consistent with its guiding frameworks. She addresses ways of articulating differences within the context of the continuing debates around the dissemination of the thesis in the field of performance. O’Brien suggests that methodology in a practice-led PhD methodology is always ideologically loaded. Consequently, divergent positions between supervisor and candidate ask for mediating procedures and comparisons with other practitioners’ and researchers’ practices and reflections. O’Brien puts forward her own experience of a practice-led PhD as one possible example of a methodology. She claims that her practice was not designed as an investigation to uncover an imminent ‘truth’ but as the realisation of theoretical schemas (performance ideas) trusting that new knowledge would emerge through both the failure to realise these ideas fully and the alternative brought about by the realisation. This methodology interrogates the relationship between written and performance work: demonstrating how the writing process can be integral to the creative methodology.

Dance lecturers dancing in Belgium

Gaga-Belgium-1024x682Rose Payne and Heike Salzer, both spent 7 days in Antwerp, Belgium, at the first ever Gaga Intensive Course, taking place in Europe. Participating in sessions of the Gaga technique which has been developed by Israeli choreography Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, repertory as well as methodics.

They are keen to incorporate these new inspirations in their classes.

Dance video screened at International Videodance Festival in France

BB123_Beach_01Dance lecturer, Heike Salzer, is excited that the dance video Strönd (Beach) created with her company Salts will be screened at the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy which takes place on the 5th of April in France. The video was one of 19 chosen from 300+ submissions and will be screened alongside exciting work from artists from all over the world.