Artist Residency at Texas State University: Post from Perform@tees

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.

Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

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TEES DANCE FILM FEST – Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy Artistic Director or Tees Dance Film Fest: Post from Perform@tees


Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy are Co-Artistic Director of Tees Dance Film Fest

At TDFF we are interested in interdisciplinary projects that merge choreography and innovative filmmaking.

TDFF aims to provide a platform for young artists as well as professional artists to screen their original works in order to reach a wider more varied audience. Our vision in offering this platform is to develop further relationships and networks with other dance film artists and interdisciplinary dance professionals, whilst also creating a sense of opportunity and community spirit among people interested in dance film works and the arts.

This year’s edition of TDFF will take place at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, on Thursday 14th May 2015.



Deadline for submission: 1st March 2015

We are interested in ways in which filmmakers explore the genres of creative experimental choreography and filmmaking.

Films can include real life dancers, animation and digital elements but must fuse dance and filmmaking in original and innovative ways.

The 2nd exibition of Tees Dance Film Festival will take place on the 14th of May 2015 and will feature two categories:

1. Dance Films created by Professional Artists

  • Professional films must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Dance film submissions in this category should be engaging and creative, inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures

2. Dance Films created by Young Artists 14-25 years.

  • The film must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Films that capture the body in new and exciting ways e.g. on location, site specific, fragmentation of the dancing body, non-linearity

Please note that dance films that show dance performance for the proscenium stage or documentary style will not be considered.

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Star Wars comes to Teesside

A SPECIAL event was held on Teesside for Sci-Fi fans who like to dress up as their heroes.


Fans got to meet their heroes at the Cosplay event.

The COSPLAY event took place at the  Marton Hotel and Country Club in Middlesbrough.

Hundreds of  fans of comics and Star-Wars  got to dress up  in costumes and enjoy the day  at the Teesside Unleashed 5 event.

One of the highlights of the event was the actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played the character Boba Fett in Star Wars, turned up to sign autographs.

Tside reporter Martha Neofytou went along to  cover the event.

Watch the  video below to find out more.



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The hunt is on for the best Parmo.


THE lives of two Teesside men have been transformed thanks to their love of the Parmo.

Craig Dobson and Stephen Bliss are now known as the  the so called Parmo Hunters after setting up a Facebook site which gave a ratings guide to the best Parmo.

It was actually meant as a joke when Craig and Stephen went online with  the Facebook-Page but within only a few days their site gathered thousands of  fans.

Overwhelmed by this amount of hits the two friends instantly decided to take things more seriously.


Craig and Stephen alias “The Parmo Hunters”

Their search for the best Parmo has now led them to more than 100 restaurants and take-aways in the Teesside area.

And the ongoing Parmo-reviews on their homepage and on Facebook now have an audience of over 16,000 fans.

Regardless of the location, the Parmo Hunters are looking for good Parmos everywhere. Normally they hunt at least once or twice a week. But when they are engulfed by their passion, Parmo hunting can be on the menu five to six times a week.

Within the whole Teesside area it is believed there are more than 2,500 restaurants that serve their favourite dish.

“We have done about 100 within our first year, so we still have a couple of years left for testing,”Stephen said.

Although being a Parmo Hunter is living out a passion, the responsibility that goes along with the position has its down side.

“It´s a gamble, sometimes you are starving for some great Parmos and  you know where they are, but your business is to write a review for  the fans, so we have to hope for the best.” Craig said.

The rating system of the Parmo Hunters equates a scientific discipline; freshness is the main criteria of their rating system accompanied by the taste, the texture and consistency of the béchamel sauce and whether the chips are home-made or deep-frozen.

Weighing up all those factors with the price and the size of the Parmo as well as waiting time until they receive the order, Stephen and Craig give stars from zero to five.


Looking for the best Parmo

Like real hunters, Craig and Stephen never let their prey know that it is going to be hunted.

They conduct anonymous visits to the restaurants and take-aways and only leave their cards or one of their stickers to point out that they hunted down the local Parmo.

“Those visits guarantee that the restaurants cannot prepare especially for us and it sets up the same rules for all the Parmos we are going to test,” Stephen said.

The most prestigious moment in their career so far  was  being selected as the judges for the World Parmo Championship. The pair sat  with  the Mayor of Stockton to choose the winner.

The Parmo Hunters will release their parmo-app this year to give their fans and friends the opportunity to get their own Parmo Hunter experience.

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