Creative Teesside: Post from Perform@tees

Creative teesside

We have some exciting upcoming dance student performances in the next week and our ‘Creative Teesside festival’. Come along and see…

22nd – ‘Montage’ (Jenny Snow) 4pm, Mercuria

22nd – Tees Dance Film Fest (Holly Bellamy), big screen in Middlesbrough from 6pm

27th –  ‘The Final 3rd’ (various students) –  7pm at Middlesbrough College

27th-29th – ‘Interarts Festival’ (Charlotte and Gabz) various events see link. 

29th – End of year performance (work from various students, many created in collaboration with guest choreographers) 3.30pm and 5.30pm Mercuria Studio.

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Jack Webb creating exciting choreography for BA Dance students: Post from Perform@tees


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.

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PLRM Student leads variety night to raise funds for overseas volunteering: Post from Perform@tees


Jenn Long, who is studying BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media, has been rallying her course-mates, and local performers and musicians, to join the bill for One Night Stand, an evening of music, dance and comedy at The Dickens Inn’s Gold Room on Tuesday 29 April.

Course-mates performing in the show will include compere Connor Chambers, stand-up comedian Joe Tasker, and Lynne Lawson, who will be performing with the sketch comedy group Immature Ladies.

Jenn, 21, from Northumberland, hopes to raise funds for a placement with i-to-i, in order to contribute to helping children with learning difficulties at the Cottolengo School for Disabilities in India.

She first discovered a passion for volunteering and charity work when she took part in the Race For Life in 2013 and raised more than £1,000 for cancer research. She has already raised almost £400 towards her i-to-i placement and hopes that the variety night will be just as successful as her previous efforts.

Jenn said: “One of my friends took part in the i-to-i project in her first year, and I talked to her a lot about the excitement of being with the children. It gave her such a good feeling to be making a difference.

“I’m hoping to have a night where everyone can come and relax and enjoy themselves while seeing some local talent. There are a range of acts, including comedians, dancers and singers; some real variety for an audience to enjoy.”

Sarah O’Brien, programme leader for Performance for Live and Recorded Media, said: “Jenn has shown great initiative in putting this event together. The evening should be a great opportunity to see some of the performers of the future, as well as supporting a great cause.”

One Night Stand will take place in The Gold Room at The Dickens Inn, on Southfield Road in Middlesbrough, from 7pm – late. Tickets will cost £3.50 on the door, or advance tickets are available to book for £2.50 by calling 07944 881185.

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Dance students present at 3 Rivers-Learning and Teaching Conference: Post from Perform@tees

Third year dance students Charlotte Brinksman and Gabriella Garroway presented a poster at the Annual Regional Learning and Teaching Conference 2014 North East 3 riversUniversities (3 Rivers Consortium), Durham University (Collingwood College) on 27th March 2014.

The poster discussed their experience of a 3 month Erasmus exchange at the Inter-University Centre in Berlin and was well received by delegates.

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Guest Artist: Rosemary Spencer: Post from Perform@tees

Leeds based Dance for Deaf People specialist Rosemary Spencer visited our second years on Thursday providing insight into this area of dance facilitation.

Two things to take away:

– The deaf community frequently uses lights flashing on and off to get peoples attention

– Learning simple BSL for teaching is very useful to avoid confusion and not as hard as we might think!

For more info about Rosemary visit:

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Dance Lecturer films in Iceland: Post from Perform@tees

1901973_818407061508912_794490465_nDance lecturer Heike Salzer spent a week of artistic research filming in Iceland. The work will feed into an artist residency in April at Texas State University, San Marcos. Collaborating with Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson and UK North East based musician Jack Laidlaw she will create a choreography using live performance and video projection.

If you like to see more follow Saltsart on twitter, like the facebook Salts page, the website

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Guest Artist: Tess Chaytor: Post from Perform@tees

Tess Chaytor from Tinarts delivered a session for our second years as part of their Dance Facilitation module.

Focusing on dance delivery for those with learning disabilities, the company was established 15 years ago and is now hoping to share its practice internationally as well as within the UK.

In her session, Tess unpicked her teaching structure, use of music and adaptation of dance movements into a relatable and fun method for ages 4-7. The prevailing message was ‘the dance content is the same, the packaging is different’!

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Guest Artsit Visit: Stacy Makishi: Post from Perform@tees

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Our lucky PLRM students are in for a treat this Tuesday 4th!

Performance artist Stacy Makishi is visiting Teesside University to offer an afternoon workshop for the third year students.

Stacy Makishi’s present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. The work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it challenging; visual as it is literate.



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Guest artist visit: Chris Goodwin: Post from Perform@tees

Students from all three years today had the chance to gain knowledge and insight into the choroegraphic practices of a professional, north east based, dance artist. The session began with the students learning some of Chris’s rep material before beginning to manipulate it with a focus on relationships within choreography with self, audeince, space and others.

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