The past few weeks have included meetings, workshops, applications and new classes. My proposal for a Surrey Libraries project has been shortlisted which is exciting news. I had a great meeting with Commotion Dance about future projects and time management as someone who has many different roles. And last week I was part of a commission by Gary Clarke, creating a piece called The Soundtrack To Lives. At some points a difficult week as all the material came from our own autobiographies, it was fantastic to witness Gary’s creative process, his quick decision making and his ability to throw his planned ideas out the window! It was also my first time working with the voice, something which I’d like to carry through to my own work.
Coming up I’m working with StopGAP Dance Company to create a duet with one of their youth dancers and next week I’m off to watch the Place Prize!
Last week I went to see Moving With The Times, a night of work from Oxford’s leading choreographers and companies. It was great to see the difference between their work and that coming out of Surrey having seen Surrey Dance Collective’s scratch at GLive before the BalletBoyz a few nights before. Oxford’s work was very focused on the use of technology, props and set whereas Surrey’s work had a much more audience focused, interactive feel.
I also stayed to watch the BalletBoyz after the SDC scratch. It was the first time I’ve actually seen their work having heard people rave about it. I have to say I wasn’t wowed. The dancers were great but I wasn’t drawn in by the choreography. I was sat quite far back and realised a lot about myself as a dance watcher that night. I don’t enjoy being so far away from the dancers, I want to see their facial expressions and sweat! I found myself enjoying the lighting a lot which someone once told me wasn’t a good thing…
Yesterday was my first Move It experience. A very commercial event led by London based dance schools and young wannabe dancers, it also felt very much like a fashion show! I did manage to catch James Cousins duet, a beautiful piece where the female dancer never touched the ground. I spent most of my day in and out of seminars regarding arts marketing, inspiring dancers and creating motivating environments for participants. I also had a very nice apricot danish.
Lamp at WDF’s LEAP, Tues 18th Dec 2012
Some big changes are on the way…
More info coming soon!
We’re very much looking forward to our classes starting again in September. There will be a new Creative Dance class for children at Ash Grange Primary School and our Youth Company will be joining forces with Woking Dance Festival!
During the summer we started work on a piece of choreography which looks at arrivals and departures. We were lucky enough to have some free R&D space at GLive Guildford. We hope to show the piece in early 2013 so watch this space!
We are very excited to have moved into our new office at The Point, Eastleigh!
We are very excited to have been nominated by Woking Dance Festival and Surrey Arts to attend an Outdoor Dances workshop with South East Dance this weekend. We will be working with Yael Flexer, Charlie Morrissey and Rosemary Lee to create material for The Human Lounge which is touring this Summer.
Work has started on our ideas for our new piece House which will eventually take over an empty building!
Yesterday The Healthy Truth began its schools tour at Buckland Primary, Staines. Both the piece and the workshops went down really well. We’re looking forward to the next one!
Today is the day, Jasmin Vardimon Company will be leading a 3 hour workshop for dancers in Woking. Enjoy it everyone!
We have been awarded a grant from the Arts Council for Woking for our Youth Company’s workshop in November!
We can now announce that Jasmin Vardimon Company will be leading the youth dance workshop in November. If you’re aged 12-21 check the youth dance page for more details. Places are limited so book now!
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