New dance lecturer joining the team: Post from Perform@tees

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Essex as a new team member to the dance section.

A 2002 graduate of the Professional Programme of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, Jennifer received by BA honours degree in Dance/Theatre.  She has been creating work for stage, film, fashion, and site-specific projects for the past 10 years. She is the recipient of multiple awards from the Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada Arts Councils and has been involved in several projects in the UK that have attracted G4A and National Lottery Funding. She has performed in many projects working with choreographers such as Gary Clarke, Liam Steel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Luca Silvestrini, Eva Recacha, and Wayne Sables, among others.  Recently she has been a dancer in the feature film “Anna Karenina”, Directed by Joe Wright, and “Les Miserables” Directed by Tom Hooper.  You can also see her in the ballroom scenes of ITV drama “Murder on the Homefront”.

For more information about Jennifer’s work please see her website:  http://ift.tt/123dyhM

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WE Create film screendances in Iceland: Post from Perform@tees

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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)

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Netotiloz, dance video with BA Dance students at international Festival: Post from Perform@tees

A dance video by international videographer and part-time lecturer Jessica Smith who directed BA Dance students in a video inspired by Mexican artist Carmen Avalos is being screened at Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance this week! Don’t miss to see the exciting events at this festival!

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‘Being a Video-Choreographer’- article published in International Screendance Journal: Post from Perform@tees

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An article by Heike Salzer (Artistic Co-Director Tees Dance Film Fest) and Ana Baer (of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema), has been published in the current issue of The International Journal of Screendance.
In the article, entitled ‘Being a Video-Choreographer: Describing the Multifaceted Role of a Choreographer Creating Screendance’, Heike interviews Ana about making and curating dance videos. The article is published in tandem with the Tees Dance Film Fest where many of the films cited in the article will be screened.
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Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside: Post from Perform@tees

Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside

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International choreographer Professor Ana Baer has been working with students at Teesside University.

Professor Baer has been teaching dance for over 25 years in her native Mexico, Spain and America – for the past seven years as Associate Professor at Texas State University.

During her time at Teesside as a visiting academic, she led choreography masterclasses and worked with BA (Hons) Dance students to prepare for the University’s Creative Teesside, an annual celebration of work by students from across the wide range of creative subject areas within the School of Arts & Media.

She was also involved in the TDFF (Tees Dance Film Festival) where she gave a presentation on the prestigious international Sans Souci festival held in Colorada, which she co-directs.

Professor Baer, who has been involved in collaborative projects with Teesside University’s Dance Programme Leader Heike Salzer, said: ‘I knew nothing about the Northern part of England until I was introduced to it by Heike. Spending time here has been a wonderful experience.

‘I really enjoy working with students from various cultures as people move so distinctively in different locations. It is almost idiosyncratic to each place.

‘It is a challenge to develop and work on a piece of dance with students I have never met before, but I also enjoy the creative process and the students at Teesside have been wonderful. The culture of Teesside is very welcoming.’

Heike said: ‘It is extremely beneficial for our students to experience working with choreographers and international artists from varied cultural backgrounds as it helps to broaden their experience and it also helps us as teachers to share best practice.

‘Our international visiting academics scheme continues to produce fruitful collaborations and we’re hoping to develop our collaborative work further and looking at ways in which we can connect our students in Teesside with Ana’s students in Texas.’

 

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Students and staff perform at Georgina Starr exhibition at Mima: Post from Perform@tees

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Students of the BA Dance and BA Performance for Live and Recorded Media, had the exciting opportunity to perform as part of the exhibition by Georgina Starr, I, Cave at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of the Arts.

Lecturers Sarah O’ Brien (PlaRM), Heike Salzer and Rose Payne (both Dance) performed during the Opening Ceremony.

I, Cave is a new solo exhibition from British artist Georgina Starr. Starr’s early works brought her to international attention in the 1990s, and since then she has developed a distinct language through the use of video, sculpture, performance, writing and sound.

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Emotional Geography Conference, Edinburgh: Post from Perform@tees

Performing arts lecturers Dr Sarah O’Brien (PlaRM) and Heike Salzer (Dance), alongside BA Dance Graduate Jessica Smith are presenting panel sessions at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies. at Edinburgh University.

This conference brings together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society.

The need to pay attention to the role of emotions in personal, professional and societal life has been gaining acceptance in academic and public spheres since the time when these conferences were inaugurated. With greater attention has come a greater diversity of ways of researching and conceptualising emotions, affect and their kin, and a wider range of fields in which they are being studied. New technologies give individuals greater emotional reach than ever before. Meanwhile, industries structured around the manipulation of emotion have grown savvier than ever.

 

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Tees Dance Film Fest 2015: Post from Perform@tees

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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The Jewellery Project by the 1st Year Dance Students: Post from Perform@tees

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Fabrication is a site-specific promenade collaboration between the 1st year dancers at Teesside University, lecturer Lorraine Smith and resident jeweller Gemma Draper.
The initial inspiration for the performance piece came from the jewellery exhibition at MIMA gallery. The piece has been influenced by physical methods of making jewellery, mechanical processes, the act of being a tool and acted upon by a tool and the experience of wearing jewellery.
The creation and rehearsal process has been taking place on-site at MIMA gallery, which at first was challenging due to working in the presence of the public. In time this has helped to build our confidence as performers, and developed our performance skills as a whole.
In collaboration we have experienced working at a professional level with an established artist from a different art form and enjoyed engaging with a public and architectually interesting space.The process of choreographing as a large collective group has been challenging but rewarding. Creating the music, devising the piece and making costume choices have given us a wide range of new skills and experiences. This will further help us in our second and third year studies, and in our career pathways post degree.

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Fabrication will be premiered as part of the MIMA Consortium on 29th May.

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