Friday, 20 August 2010

The Improvisation Series


Dance4’s Improvisation Series lands at Zoo Roxy, Edinburgh, on Monday 30 August with a special event simply called improvisation, featuring lead artist Rachel Krische and including Christine Devaney, Janis Claxton, Louise Tanoto, Filip van Huffel, Matthew Slater and Steven Martin, accompanied by gifted musicians Luke Sutherland and Jer Reid.

This event will be perfect for both novices and fringe veterans to end this year’s Fringe Festival with flair, originality and innovation. Whether this really is a zoo or a sanctuary, you’ll only find out by being there. Expect the unexpected!

Dance4 presents improvisation
Zoo Roxy (Sanctuary Space), Edinburgh Fringe Festival at 2pm
Tickets: £5 via 0131 662 6812


The “always exciting” (ballet.co.uk) award winning Rachel Krische leads the improvisation conversation which also features “rising Scottish star” (The Skinny) Janis Claxton, Christine Devaney who was winner of “The 2009 Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First”, Louise Tanoto of the “edgy” (The Guardian) Tom Dale Company and Filip van Huffel, Matthew Slater and Steven Martin with all three of “athletic” (ballet.co.uk) Retina Dance Company. Such artists collaborating in a one-off experiment of movement is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often and will be ideal for both the newcomer and dance connoisseur.

The event will also encompass the enthralling live sounds of the “magnetic” (The Scotsman) Luke Sutherland, of Lon Fin Killie, Bows and Mogwai fame, and Jer Reid who both are well known for their exciting collaborations with dance artists, so the performance will be a treat for both the eyes and ears.
In the ethos of presenting extraordinary 21st century dance we celebrate, with this event, the work of the festival’s leading dance venues; the award winning Zoo (this year running 3 venues including the Roxy) and artists of Catalyst Dance Management (from Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance).

Dance4 presents improvisation: the perfect opportunity to witness incredible artists from across the Fringe programme and beyond collaborating in a unique event for the festival.

For further information contact Sarah by email / 0115 941 0773 / Box Office 0131 662 6892 / www.dance4.co.uk / www.zoofestival.co.uk

Monday, 2 August 2010

Universal!

Gone, but not for long.
Holidays!
Wonderful. Nice. Beautiful.

Going to a city of extreeeme historical pride, it's odd to realise that promoters will still be promoters.




Riverside Festival this weekend, you down?

Friday, 16 July 2010

Seconds Out

Newcastle
x
Cuba
x
Boxing
x
Dance
=
Tonight

More info=HERE

Friday, 9 July 2010

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

A Pretty Rough guide to screen printing


film courtesy of Andrew Bell

Today I went out to get a bunch of Stamping Ground t-shirts printed [Stamping Ground's summer starts this Saturday!]. So, I bought a bunch of blank vests and tees and hauled them over to get printed on.

Amid the t-shirt talk, I was reminded about a crazy cool t-shirt printing company me and a few friends started while we were in school. It was terrible and hilarious and filled with scissors and virtual trips to cheap wholesalers on the internet. It also marked the initial foray into customer/consumer interaction and consultation [obviously aside from my extremely important stint as a Saturday girl at a local cafe].

Going along the subject of the value and quality of creative and cultural products, that I touched upon yesterday following a session in college, it's important that what you present holds true integrity. As consumers [intellectual or physical], we have the right to fully scrutinise what we are investing in. And we should. The shame comes when people don't realise they have that right, or worse, when they choose to ignore it. You only live once, so you may as well strive to experience, seek out and appreciate quality.

You know, it's these cultural products and services that give dramatic value to society. Able to present ideas, interpretations and views of reality and the world around us, they challenge the stable and static views of humanity and interject a sense of wonder and fluidity, change and movement. They provide an abstract education that may not be achieved elsewhere and can garner a sense of community that perhaps transcends physical boundaries.

If only we had known how to properly construct our product and actually learn how to screen print. It would vastly reduce the amount of huge messed up t-shirts that occupy the bottom of my wardrobe.

NB: Pretty Rough are a design collective from Glasgow. If you want to know how screen printing works, then check out their nifty short film above.

And one more thing! For information on Stamping Ground visit www.dance4.co.uk/stampingground10.php. If you want to seek some quality work presented by the next generation, then get yourselves over. It should be fantastic! Dates include Eastwood Vibe, Riverside Festival and more... Click.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Jon Burgerman

During my last visit to college we had to study the quality and value of cultural products and services.

We researched a couple of case studies ourselves following a group discussion about one practitioner. That practitioner was Jon Burgerman.


image courtesy of Jon Burgerman

A Nottingham-er born and [possibly] bred, Jon Burgerman is an illustrator whose clients include Sony, Science Museum, and he has recently released an iPhone application with ustwo called Inkstrumental. My tutor wasn't aware that he was from Nottingham, and was pleasantly surprised that he had picked someone from our backyard.

Talented man, find out more about Job Burgerman HERE.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Creators Project


image courtesy of The Creators Projects

"The Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world."

For those of you who liked the short film PIXELS by Patrick Jean that I posted earlier this month, you might be interested in venturing down to The London Creators Project Party next month. The event will feature a whole host of innovative short films, all presented alongside a myriad of other creative beasts.

Check. It. Out. HERE.

"The Creators Project is coming to London and bringing with it a celebratory assemblage of musicians, artists, designers, panelists and filmmakers. The festivities kick off 17 July and will feature live performances from Mark Ronson, Filthy Dukes, Kele Okereke, Trevor Jackson, Yuck and Hudson Mohawke among many others. Attendees will also get to experience exhibitions, film screenings, and multimedia installations including work from Spike Jonze, The Animal Collective, United Visual Artists."

Saturday, 12 June 2010

It has begun...


image courtesy of trendhunter

Find more world cup posters, created by ESPN and New York ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, HERE.
[If anything, promise me you will go on Wieden + Kennedy's website. It really is raaaaaad.]

Go England!

Friday, 11 June 2010

Regeneration

Danielle LaPorte = some kind of mage.

Click HERE for inspiration on what to do when you feel like your energy's running away from you...

Thursday, 3 June 2010

UK Young Artists Deadline

Less than two weeks to apply!

For those of you who may not have addressed this blur of colour in your inbox...


image courtesy of UK Young Artists

Click on the image to see a larger version [where it is possible to actually read the text], or alternatively more info=HERE.

Your deadline to apply is Monday 14 June.
¿Comprende usted?

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Chickenshed

Friday evening. Off to the big smoke to see a piece from Chickenshed.

My friend Anthony is studying there, and I've not seen him perform since waaay back in the day. Ahh, the Performing Arts block...

"Chickenshed is a theatre company. We work using an inclusive creative process which means everyone is welcome, and everyone is valued. Not many places are for everyone and anyone - so a lot of people who find themselves unwelcome elsewhere in the world, come to us. Chickenshed runs Children's and Youth Theatre workshops for 600 people, education courses for over 100 students, community outreach projects and a network of satellite 'Sheds' across the country (and two in Russia) so even more can benefit. Every extraordinary piece of theatre created at Chickenshed shouts out the same thing: anyone can thrive in an environment where everyone is welcome.

words courtesy of Chickshed

Aye, aye.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

PIXELS


film of PIXELS courtesy of Patrick Jean

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker..

...ARE COMING TO NOTTINGHAM TOMORROW.


film courtesy of Dance Consortium

Brazilian Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker will be hitting the wonderful city of Nottingham, performing on Friday and Saturday at Nottingham Playhouse, through Dance Consortium.

Once again, I'll be down at the theatre to witness all the action, and spend a few days shadowing their Co-Ordinator, their Interpreter, and how ever many members of the company there might be...

I'll post up thoughts/events/the meaning of life later.

More info=HERE.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Stereomood

LINK=HERE

Muy interesante!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Ont Telly [#3]


image courtesy of GIF Party 

Yesterday, my Ma came running into my room.

"Sarah! You have to see this! You have to come downstairs! Schuman... That man.."
"What?"
"You know, the one who takes nice photographs... Of the people in nice clothes.. Sean?... He's on TV!"

She was talking about Scott Schuman, the creator of The Sartorialist... arguably one of the biggest style blogs around.

Earlier, she'd  told me how she's started watching a programme on Sunday nights about great artists. She started telling me all about Matisse, how he's amazing, how he's influenced so many things, how the programme ends with a big shock, and how I need to watch it.

Anyway, this weeks Modern Masters episode was about Picasso and has Scott Schuman [among others] on it. If you have a spare hour, my Ma would heavily suggest you watch it.

LINK=HERE

The Modern Masters crew seem to have a whole host of things happening right now... Get clicking HERE.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

5 Days in May

5 Days in May at Southbank Centre


image courtesy of Southbank Centre

...goes on until Sunday. I'm going to have a little venture down tomorrow (leaving at insane o'clock). Should be immense.

Londoners! Get in!

That is all.

[EDIT]
It was good. This isn't a place for reviews.

Info for people I managed to see:
Rachid Ouramdane [France]
La Ribot [Spain]
Mathilde Monnier [France]
Matsune and Subal [Vienna and Japan]

Because I couldn't manage to find a definative link for Matsune and Subal, I'll leave you with a link to their Google page. So click on the picture. Lazy.

image courtesy of movementresearch

Sunday, 2 May 2010

International Dance Festival Birmingham

...has been happening for quite a few days now!

LINK=HERE

So, yesterday, a couple of us took a wee trip to witness the beauty of what Birmingham has to offer. [It obviously had nothing to do with the fact our friend, and general lovely, Mary Eddowes was celebrating her birthday and performing in one of the peices we saw...].

Here's what we saw:

Dancing The Waterways


image courtesy of IDFB

"A canal barge dance adventure travelling from Birmingham to Brewood and back again – performances, workshops, and lots of fun for all the family! Through movement and song, the piece celebrates the incredible engineering involved in the canal network’s construction, the canal builders themselves, and the architectures of bridges, locks and buildings interlinked to the rhythm of the waterways."

Utopia


 image courtesy of IDFB

"Charged and vibrant, this folkloric celebration is a brand new commission for our 2010 Festival.
Directed by Arthur Pita, contemporary dancers will form a brand new dance company collective alongside Russian, Spanish, Indian and African folk dance groups, all moving to the turbo-folk Gypsy and Balkan beats of Birmingham’s very own band The Destroyers"

The festival closes up on May 15, so you've still got plenty of time to catch some goodness.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

A Strategic Plan...


image courtesy of Baltimore Print Studios

They've sold out on their first batch of 50 prints, but are re-printing due to popular demand. [woohoo!].
$20.00, shipping included.
E-mail them HERE to get your hands on one. 

It's a winner! 

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Screenlit

Nottingham is a very lucky city. Not only are we expanding in performing arts, music and the hefty live artists that seem to be spawning north to south, we now celebrate film, tv and writing with Screen Lit Festival.

It opened on Wednesday with Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, creators of Peep Show [ah! mi amor!] - a good start if ever I've seen one [although, unfortunately, I couldn't go..].

The festival includes a glorious host of things, which are aptly illustrated in the following:


Nice? I agree.

+ Screen Lit Festival
+ Broadway
+ Wednesday 21 - Thursday 29 April

Friday, 23 April 2010

60x60 Secs


Earlier this week I ventured out into the abyss, wandered along the winding streets and landed in the unfamiliar dusty roads of India and Pakistan.

Actually that's a fib; I just went to Broadway to see a film. And, well, that's another fib, because what I really saw was 60 films. 60 films in 60 minutes.

'How can this be?' you ask. Surely you must be some kind of crazy, stabby youth who has gone delusional with all that sugar and caffeine*.

Well, really it's all down to Ali Zaider, Artistic Director of motiroti

"60 films, 60 artists, 60 seconds... London based artist's initiative motiroti commissioned established and emerging artists from the South Asian diaspora to present their unique personal perspective on identity and home in an age of globalised cultures. Using the one-minute format, these films reflect on the complexities of hybrid identities and
the visible and invisible borders of nationhood."


You can read more about the wider context of 60x60 Secs at the 360degrees website, which explains the three year programme of cultural explorations led by motiroti.

An interesting watch; if you didn't make it, then I'm sure you'll get another opportunity, so look out for it! Ali is actually coming up to Nottingham on Thursday 6 May to discuss the film and the project at New Art Exchange.

Find out more about it at New Art Exchange or at Digital Broadway.


courtesy of motiroti [Who can spot Hetain Patel?]

*If you buy a filter coffee at Broadway, you get free re-fills. [Dangerous] Fact.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Cinematique




via Mat Trivett
via Adrien Mondot?

Immense.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

BBC Blast


image courtesy of BBC Blast

"The Blast tour is bringing three days of free creative workshops to local 13-19 year olds! Whether you’re into doodling or drama, film or fashion (or even making your own video mix to music) there’s something interesting for you. It’s first come first served, so get booking."

It's in Mansfield [hello!] until Saturday, so hurry up and get to it! There's a few spaces left for some of the free workshops that you have have have to book on to.
If only...

More info HERE.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Teux Deux

If you've ever been on the Dance4 Blogger, you'll probably have an idea about the pure lust we all have for lists. Organisation is key, no?

With that in mind, I came across a link to this MEGA site called Teux Deux.

It's basically a online to-do application. Simple, clean, sleek, easy to use etcetcblahblahblah. And if you don't do something on the date you put it down for, it carries it over to the next day until you've done it! Magic!

Here's a video which explains it's awesomeness:

 

TeuxDeux Demo courtesy of TeuxDeux

Get on it.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Love What You Do


images courtesy of Frank Chimero

This short series was created by Frank Chimero [again] from lecture called "Love What You Do" he did for Portland State University in Nov 2009.

Important stuff.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Bahok

Akram Kahn's peice Bahok with National Ballet of China, is arriving in Derby next week. Why not join some of us?


Under-26ers [?] also have the chance to get free tickets for this performance as part of the A Night Less Ordinary initiative. Arts Council England and Metro have introduced this as a beeeeuat of a way to get younger people to experience the theatre for free! Excellent.

For a free ticket to see Bahok in Derby, just give Derby Live a call on 01332 255800.
See you there.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

WISE

"Well done is better than well said."

Words courtesy of Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Amnesty & LMHR

This weekend sees a double act of fundaraising in the city. This site is by no means a platform for political thought [there's a time and a place], but it's always nice to see music used in such a way.

+ Amnesty International Fundraiser 
+ Nottingham Arts Theatre 
+ Saturday 03 April 
+ 8.00pm

+ LoveMusicHateRacism
+ The Maze
+ Sunday 04 April
+ 8.00pm

And while my I.D. has been sent off to the DVLA, I'm sure if I'm allowed in, I'll see some of you down there...

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Mr Penfold


image courtesy of Mr Penfold/Subism

On Saturday afternoon [amid the MediaCampNottingham2 madness], I caught a bit of Mr Penfold's live show at Montana Shop, Nottingham. Based in Cambridge, he's been in Nottingham quite a few times, and I remember seeing some stuff at a previous Subism night last year. [N.B. For those who haven't experienced a Subism night, keep an eye out on Facebook. They'll be re-launching their website soon..]

"The paintings have strong linear elements. These are gracefully drawn outlines which work both with (and against) the ground. Much of the work features people he has observed in bars and pubs. He uses screenprints, woodcuts and etching to make his prints. This is a natural extension of the work he does in a professional printmaking studio where he works with many well known artists."

Monday, 29 March 2010

Prada at the Opera


image courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  
A great post, re designers and their links with opera, theatre and ballet.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Summer starts here!

So, FYI, according to the Summer Time Order 2002, British summer officially starts at
"...the period beginning at one o'clock, Greenwich Mean Time, in the morning of the last Sunday in March..."
words courtesy of The Summer Time Order 2002

Saturday, 27 March 2010

MediaCampNottingham2

This is happening all day today at Lace Market House, Nottingham. Completely free, completely saturated with information, and completely free. Sweet.
"MediaCampNottingham is a one day event for anyone wanting to share and expand their knowledge on digital media. For businesses, social enterprises and individuals who are curious about the digital phenomenon wanting to learn more.
The aim of the event is to share, explore, challenge and build understanding in digital media, look to future sustainability and understanding of how the Internet can be a valuable asset to everyone.
Veterans and new comers alike can learn about audio and video podcasting, blogging, web marketing, graphics, email campaigns, Second Life, Twitter and other social media tools." 

words courtesy of MediaCampNottingham2

You need a ticket though, so hurry up if you want to snap up one of the remaining places...

For more info LINK=HERE

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

There Is Nothing Stopping You

image courtesy of Frank Chimero

'Nuff said.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Fresnel... Flood..... Followspot..

To give a wee college round up [I realise I haven't]: last month, I was learning the art of [basic] light rigging and light programming[!?] among other things at NCN, which was mega fun. Part of the course that is aligned with my work placement at Dance4 is really all about making sure I'm able to converse and understand the more technical language that is part of this industry. It makes sense that it helps for me to have a better understanding of the intricacies associated and part of arts events. 

I also met the new Creative Apprentice, who is joining me. She's called Robyn, and is based at NCN, with her specialist strand focussed on Technical Theatre. It's pretty cool to have someone else in Notts doing this too, so I look forward to the rest of the year... we've already started to come up with future ideas of extra projects to do with our tutor. 

Watch this space.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

The White Project



 image courtesy of Nottingham Trent University

So on Thursday 11 March, I went down to Nottingham Contemporary to see a snippet of The White Project. Held by first year Fashion Design students from Nottingham Trent University, the collection they presented was completely white while having an open brief. Emma Prince, their Senior Lecturer said:
 
"We try to get our first year students to think about the shape, form and image of their designs, which is far easier when working in white. As they become more advanced they are introduced to colour. We have given students a completely open brief so there will be a really wide range of work on show."

There were obviously good and bad designs thrown in there, but to be honest, the thing that caught my attention was the apparant lack of brief to the models. And while I'm aware they're all amateurs, it struck me how important this factor is. Is modelling essentially performing? Could this be classed as performing arts?

Saturday, 20 March 2010

World Storytelling Day

Happens today! 

For those in Nottingham wanting to get into the world of storytelling, Nottingham Storytellers take part in events around the country, and also host their own in the city. They will also be holding a workshop in May:
 
+ Beginners Storytelling Workshop
+ Saturday 15 May
+ 10.00am
+ Arnold Library

They're a dying breed, I tell ye! Anyway, you can find out more about this ancient art and it's presence in the city HERE

EDIT: It's also Alien Abduction day. An important fact to note, I feel..

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba


"From the heat of Cuba comes the heart of dance.
World famous, but rarely seen outside of Cuba, this breath-taking company of 21 dancers bring the heat and passion of Cuba to the stage with an eclectic mix of contemporary dance fused with Afro Caribbean and Spanish styles."

The Cubans landed in Nottingham on Thursday 04 March. The following four days in the city were IMMENSE.


image courtesy of Manuel Harlan via Dance Consortium [Mambo 3XXI by George Céspedes]

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to shadow Heather [Co-Ordinator] and Nina [Interpreter] of Dance Consortium who bring international dance to venues across the UK, during their stop in Nottingham. As I arrived to greet them at their hotel, the hoard of 21 or so dancers, Director and Team from Cuba's infamous Danza Contemporanea de Cuba came floating through the door; I knew this was going to be a pretty cool experience.

During their manic tour around.. everywhere [?], I got to catch a glimpse of what it's like to be on tour, to organise the days within a venue while on tour, and the general workings of bringing an international company to the UK. Heather occasionally gives talks on the subject at LIPA, and I gradually caught on to many of her 'Touring 101 Tips'. [I basically noted these down on a two year old notepad. Complete geek.]


image courtesy of Manuel Harlan via Dance Consortium [Folia by Jan Linkens]

They performed three pieces:
Demo-n/Crazy, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela - I'd seen Bonachela Dance Company a few days before at the Playhouse, so it was a wee bit interesting to see the piece he'd done with the Cubans
Folia, choreographed by Jans Linken
Mambo 3XXI, choreographed by George Cespedes - Their in-house choreographer, George led class each day with them, which I was lucky enough to join in with [I need to exercise waaay more]

The company were absolutely brilliant to be around; despite the sliiiiight language barrier, I was able to understand enough not to look like a complete mong. [Nanny Pereles would be proud.] [N.B. If any Cuban's are reading this/Nina, I have duly enrolled onto a Spanish course which starts April 01. YES.] They have a different way of communicating and behaving with each other, which was really beautiful; it reminded me of being with family or something, pretty sweet.

Highlights from the experience include: the curtain raising on the first night and realising what it was about / Nina pulling me onto stage for the Post-Show Talk / random golden tips from Heather when I would least expect them / having a philosophical conversation about age and personality and the body and the mind in two languages while listening to a beaut of a playlist / cutting the hair of a company member communicating only through screams / finding Nicola, the Dresser at Playhouse, soaked after the steamer had exploded / running around, and actually knowing where I was going and who I was looking for / being sat in the Auditorium, the curtain raising on the second night and knowing I knew the people who walked on stage / the Capoeira party at Nottingham Contemporary after the second night [They can definately dance.]

The remaining dates are both in London at Sadler's Wells:
+ Friday 19 March / 7.30pm
+ Saturday 20 March / 7.30pm

LINK=HERE for more information.
And on that note, I'm probably going to Cuba for my next holiday.

But this isn't the end... In May, the Brazilian Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker will be hitting the Nottingham Playhouse stage through Dance Consortium, and I will be shadowing once again. Should be awesome. More info later...

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Mad Go

It's been mad these past two weeks. I'll post it all up in the next day or so...

In the mean time:

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Fashion Week Roundup

While we have a few guys in the office, it is rather rammed with girls.
On that note, I present a couple of links on London Fashion Week.

 

image courtesy of Mark Reay

Why not have a quick peek at:
and 

Monday, 1 March 2010

Conversations Around Choreography

In the winter, Siobhan Davies held a series of talks with a number of artists from different disciplines centering around the subject of Choreography.


"‘Do you recognise choreographic practice in your work?’ Striving to extend her understanding of the meaning of choreography through other people's practice, artistic director and choreographer Siobhan Davies speaks with a number of eminent artists and practitioners from outside the world of dance. Explore these eight published conversations which consider creative process and choreographic practice."

The results can be found at the new live site dedicated to the subject HERE, and make for an interesting read [provided you have the time... I suggest bookmarking the pages!]
You can also find the Foreword by Francis Hodgson, HERE.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Looking Into The Past

Following my visit to Curve on Friday, I spent some time filling in a questionnaire [all will be revealed soon...] that made me look back at the past six months of my Creative Apprenticeship.

I'd not actually realised that I'm halfway through. Already!!

And coincedentally, this weekend I came across Looking Into The Past, a Flickr Group containing shots such as these...


images courtesy of Looking Into The Past
Nice, oui?

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Curve, Leicester

So, in a couple of weeks, we have an event extravaganza called U.Dance East Midlands. It’s held at 800 capacity Curve, Leicester and is...

 "a visual feast of dance highlighting the exceptional talent of young people and celebrating the wealth of youth dance in our region. Prepare to be blown away…"

Yesterday, I went for a few meetings with Linzi [who is heading up the event] at Curve, and was blown away by the sheer magnitude of the place! It’s basically a building within a building, and for those of you who haven’t been before, or seen it, you must check out their website. The stage itself is surrounding by moving walls, which can be raised up. When we arrived, and as I was shown to the huge stage for the first time, I saw this --->


..and was rather confused.
“So that is the stage?” I ask.
“That is the stage” they answer.
“What the..$%&;%”!” I think.

[N.B. And if my wee illustration hasn't painted a beautifully detailed depiction of the place, visit their website for a more comprehensive and virtual tour of the place... :o]

Immense = the only word I can use to describe its architectural design.
Thankfully, Linzi, Vanessa and everyone else involved have obviously been there plenty of times; I, on the other hand, am definitely going to need another visit, and another session studying the floor plan before I get my head around helping the management of 200 performers for U.Dance. Should be exciting. 
Belief.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Creative Block?

 
Image courtesy of ISO50

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Light Night

This was another grrrrreat night! Light Night is a City Council run event, which [unlike it’s Parisian counter-part] only lasts a few hours. The idea is that the city is lit up with performances, art, music et all for one night. I think it’s an awesome night though... much room for expansion!

Dance4 were there in full glory bringing Nottingham FIVE great artists for the crowds’ viewing pleasure.

Set in Congregational Hall, and presented as ‘Dance4 Presents... Improvisation Congregation’, it really was a crazy concoction. We had all four dance artists and one musician set within a sunken hall, surrounded by rows of pews.

While the musician, Jamie, worked with strings, organs, keys, he manipulated the set using digital means. The dancers were left to improvise around the space, which looked beautiful and weird and mesmerising, especially with the backdrop of pews and expansive arches encircling the scene.

I bumped into a few friends who came the following night, and were happily surprised by their reviews [I wasn’t sure what their take on it would be]. Apparently, they found it pretty funny at first, quickly got sucked in, wanted to join the performers and had consequently been talking about it to people all day. It’s awesome to get the opinion of those who might never have experienced anything like that before...

The building had a constant flow of people, [which was possibly helped along by the fact we occasionally had six foot metal dragon stationed outside our doors], and the night was a great success for Nottingham all round.

Whhheeeyyyyyy!!

Who’s up for checking out Paris’ Nuit Blanche next October?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

episodes2010

Friday February 06 and Sunday February 06 2010
+ Nottingham Playhouse
+ Over 300 Performers
= Fun tiiiiimes.

As one of the biggest projects I’ve supported so far, it’s fair to say I was pretty... grateful I had some excellent people showing me the way!

With months of preparation, I learnt A TON about how something of this magnitude is organised. The smooth runnings of 300 young performers over two days in one of Nottingham’s premier venues [A.K.A Nottingham Playhouse] was no mean feat, but thankfully Helen, who headed up the whole project was On It.

Each day beginning pretty damn early, and thankfully we had a small crew of volunteers consisting of uni students/recent grads to help out the manic day. Helen had organised it so there was basically a running conveyor belt – in this way, we knew exactly where everyone was at any given moment, nothing was static. Kirsten, myself and the brillllliant Playhouse Staff, then managed the performers within the boundaries set – all making for a smooth, smooth night!

I love that moment in a performance when suddenly nothing else matters; you have an aim, you have a job, and you do it. Adrenaline kicks in, and everything is realising itself around you.

The performances ranged from contemporary to street, south asian inspired to ballet; something to suit everyone and perhaps introduce something new audience members. We also had Vernon Coaker, along with our Director, Paul Russ, presenting speeches before the shows, which I felt was quite an honour.  [For those not aware, Vernon Coaker is Minister of State for Schools and Learners. Great that he must see this as an important opportunity for young people!]

For photos of the performances, check out Dance4's Facebook HERE and HERE!
All photos by the marvellous David Severn. Big up!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Save BBC6 Music!


image courtesy of Save BBC6 Music

For a detailed explanation on the situation, read HERE.