PLYMOUTH DANCE AND PLYMOUTH CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY – DANCE PARTNERS…

An informal partnership between Plymouth Dance and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery was initiated in August 2013, when PD was invited to present 1940s inspired public workshops and demonstrations as part of a ‘Garden Party’ event linked to the Museum’s Nancy Astor exhibition. Maryam Pourian and Nico Bray, Mad About Swing, Dolly Knight and Jonathan Stromberg delivered the sessions.

In May 2015, Plymouth Dance was invited back to present WWI inspired public workshops and demonstrations as part of a ‘Night at the Museum’ event. Mad About Swing, Maryam Pourian and Mark Sidey delivered the sessions.

Night at the Museum - Mad About Swing - 16th May 2014

GERHARD RICHTER COMMISSIONS

In 2015, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery invited Plymouth Dance to commission a choreographic response to the Gerhard Richter exhibition (part of Tate’s ‘Artist Rooms’ programme).

As a result, both partners discussed and devised a 4 part project that was financially supported by Tate, Plymouth City Council, The Art Fund and Arts Council England.

 Gerhard Richter Choreographic Commission Performances

  • Charlotte Eatock was commissioned to create a solo performed by Jane Castree in the exhibition.
  • The 4 performances took place at lunchtimes and were attended by a total of 124 people, including members of the Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth University Dance students and Primary School children.
  • Many of those who attended had not visited the Museum before and had come along specifically to see the performance.
  • Some of the attendees visited the Museum café and shop after the performances for lunch.
  • Several of the Dance students from Plymouth University had not seen dance choreographed in response to visual art before.
  • 26% of the audience who completed feedback questionnaires confirmed that they had been introduced to the work of Gerhard Richter for the first time.

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Photo Credit: Dom Moore

 

Gerhard Richter Choreographic Commission Film

 

Gerhard Richter Choreographic Residency

  • Jane Castree delivered a 3 day Choreographic Residency at The House in January 2016.
  • 7 young people attended including Plymouth University students and members of youth dance companies.
  • The residency resulted in a performance at the Museum on the final day of the Gerhard Richter exhibition.

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 Photo Credit: Dom Moore

 

Film of the Gerhard Richter Choreographic Residency & Performance

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Photo Credit: Dom Moore

MADE BY KATIE GREEN – THE IMAGINATION MUSEUM

In July 2016, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery invited Made by Katie Green to present 3 performances of ‘The Imagination Museum’. This special event was scheduled as part of the ‘packing up’ process prior to the closure of the Museum building for the development of the History Centre. Approximately 50 people watched the rehearsals and 120 children and adults attended the performances.

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CLOSING PARTY! – SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2016

On Saturday 3rd September, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be having a ‘Wrap Party’ and Plymouth Dance has been invited to deliver workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. The themes will be dances from the 1920s/1930s and the 1970s.

THE FUTURE…

Plymouth Dance really enjoy working with the Museum and Art Gallery team and are looking forward to the possibility of supporting and continuing to work with them during their closure period and towards and after the opening of the Plymouth History Centre in 2020!

“It’s been great to work with Plymouth Dance on such a variety of projects over the last few years” said Arts and Cultural Development Manager, Judith Robinson. “Responding to historical objects and heritage sites through dance is a great way to engage with and develop audiences. The work Plymouth Dance has done with us has really helped to add value and a greater element of interactivity to our Gerhard Richter programme and a number of our special events.”

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June Gamble | Coordinating Producer Plymouth Dance

 

 

 

 

 

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Being a PD Volunteer – Lydia Baldchin

I have had an amazing time volunteering for Plymouth Dance. I am grateful to be able to get an opportunity where I can connect with other awesome dancers and companies as well as the public within the dancing industry. Being a part of the volunteer program I have had the chance to communicate more with dance contacts in my local area and have started to network my own experience of dance.

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So far I have developed the knowledge in subjects of importance to me within being a Dance Leader. They include breaking down the meaning of Child Protection such as how to work with children going through a difficult time, to giving them a safe environment for socialising and dancing. Part of this session included how to Safeguard myself and the community that I am working within. Also I have learnt how to Market myself as a dancer and help Advertise different projects by sharing posts through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. One of the creative classes that I took with Plymouth Dance was with ‘Encounter arts’, together as a team we learnt how to capture our own memories in an artistic way and how to present the idea to the public.

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Recently in my journey with Plymouth Dance I have had the wonderful opportunity to get involved with a project called ‘Tea Dance with a Twist’ where I have gained work experience within the dance industry. This project is to support people over 50 with their health and well-being, to raise awareness of disability, Parkinson’s, Dementia and any other medical condition. It’s about bringing the community of all ages together to support one another and celebrate the benefits of dance. At the beginning we started fundraising for the project, I put my new skills to the test and helped with regularly advertising across social media as well as chatting personally to people and my own family and friends. The first event was on the 18th June and it was successful with a good turnout from the public. We had really good feedback from the people that attended and everybody enjoyed themselves. I had a lovely time speaking to the older generation about their memories of dance over a cup of tea and a slice of cake, I also learnt some classic dance moves of ballroom whilst listening to a live dance band called ‘Metropolis Swing- Quartet’. I have also built on my personal skills of self-confidence with communicating to the public. I am looking forward to the next event on the 16th July and then the 13th August hopefully the project will lead us into more events and workshops within the near future.

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I have really enjoyed my experience so far through socialising with dancers of different ages and abilities. I have built upon my transferable skills and l am starting to learn how to work within the dancing environment. I look forward to a future with Plymouth dance and being involved with their exciting projects and gaining more knowledge and experience.

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Lydia Baldchin

Plymouth Dance Volunteer

Tea Dance With A Twist! one down three to go

After months of planning, preparation and praying our hard work would pay off, our first Tea Dance With A Twist! Event happened last weekend at Plymouth Guildhall. And wow what a event it was.

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There was tea, coffee and the most incredible cakes thanks to the lovely Indi and her team from The Lions Monical. I personally had a slice of the Victoria Sponge and it was incredible! Don’t worry though they will be at all of the Tea Dances with their Vintage Tea Room.

We were also joined by some brilliant local organisations who have been incredibly supportive of Plymouth Dance and this project.

 

That leads me nicely on to what happened inside the hall!

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As this was our first Tea Dance, it was the first time our wonderful team came together. I think I can safely say our Tea Dance Twisters danced their socks off!

 

The band were also fantastic and we are looking forward to them being back with us in August. Next month we will be joined by The Drat Pack and Vocalist Maggie…

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If you weren’t there don’t worry as we still have two more to go. Make sure you get the dates in your diary and we will see you on the dance floor!

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Claire Summers

Senior Project Coordinator

 

A summer of professional class!

Plymouth Dance are extremely excited to be able to announce a whole 5 weeks of Summer classes in partnership with Plymouth University, Heather Walrond Company and Exim Dance Company.

Booking has now opened for weekly passes and a full 5 week pass via Eventbrite. Daily passes may become available closer to the time is weekly passes have not sold out but this is not guaranteed. Spaces are limited so please make sure you book your passes early to avoid disappointment!

Here is how the schedule is shaping up:

Week 1 – Heather Walrond Company On The House Stage

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19th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Vou Dance Company- The House Studio

20th July- 11.30am- 1pm- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Adam Benjamin (Co Founder of CandoCo)- The House Stage

21st July- 9.30am- 10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Akeim Buck – The House studio

22nd July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Heather Walrond -The House stage

Week 2 – Heather Walrond Company Class 

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26th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Christopher Radford – The House stage

27th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Kayleigh Crook – The House stage

28th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class  with Akeim Buck- The House stage

Week 3 – Theo Clinkard on The House Stage

Theo215th-19th August 10-11:30am

(This is for local practitioners who are unable to attend the full residency)

Class Description 

Theo begins his working day with a release based class. Starting with simple exercises that develop awareness and connection within the dancing body and perception games for people to relate themselves to each other and to the space they are inhabiting. Through a balance of improvised movement and designed movement patterns his class is then devised to challenge dancers coordination and help them find greater clarity in articulation. He finishes up with expansive phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.

Biography

Theo Clinkard is a Cornwall born, Brighton-based choreographer, dancer and theatre designer. For 20 years he has performed with many of the UK’s most celebrated companies (Siobhan Davies Dance, Random Dance, Matthew Bourne, Bgroup, Rafael Bonachela, New Art Club and The Featherstonehaughs among others) as well as  for 5 years co-directing the dancer run company, PROBE with Antonia Grove.

In 2012, he formed his own seven-strong company to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He has created two full-length evenings of work ‘Ordinary Courage’ (2012) and ‘Of Land & Tongue’ (2014), which includes ‘Chalk’ the duet he performs with composer James Keane. 

Theo is currently planning ‘This Bright Field’; for 12 dancers, due to premiere in Spring 2017. 

Theo has created numerous commissioned works including ‘The Listening Room’ Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2016), ‘somewhat still when seen from above’ (2015) Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘My Dance, Your Touch’ (2015) Transitions Dance Company, ‘We Become Panoramic’ Verve, Wo/Manmade (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance S.E.A.D.) as well as various creations for youth dance companies.

Alongside his choreographic work, Theo regularly leads international workshop residencies and teaches at the vocational schools and the major international dance companies (Pina Bausch, Culberg, DV8, Carte Blanche, Sydney Dance, Rambert, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales, Danish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dansteater, Ballet Boyz, Michael Clark, New Adventures and Candoco).

Theo is a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and an Associate Artist at Dance4. www.theoclinkard.com

Week 4 – Exim Dance Company Class with Heather Walrond (RLB 307)

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Week 5 –Exim Dance Company Class with Lucy Freeman (RLB 307)

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Class Description

Drawing inspiration from contemporary techniques such as release, counter technique and flying low this class is all about moving! Finding a natural flow of energy and movement through the body we explore fluidity, flexibility, strength and release. 

Biography

After graduating from Falmouth University with a First Class Honors degree in dance performance, Lucy went on to gain her Masters degree in Dance Performance at Chichester University. During this time Lucy was a part of international touring company ‘Mapdance’ performing works by … Lucy has also performed for London based company ‘Coegi’ including at the Stockholm Fringe Festival and receiving the ‘young STOFF’ award. This year Lucy has spent time in Indonesia receiving her qualification as a yoga teacher bringing another element to her passion for movement and body work. 

 

Plymouth Dance Volunteer- Nathan Matthews

NathanI have recently joined the Plymouth Dance Volunteering Programme and I have learnt so much already. I’m very thankful that I have this opportunity to learn about the importance of the subjects that I have been exposed to.

Throughout my time with the volunteers I have learnt about;

  • Creative Consultation with Encounter Arts – They work with the public and use art in an intimate and creative way towards communities. We focused on the older generation to draw out memories through art and creativity to develop the consultation Plymouth Dance did with the over 50’s.
  • I have learned about Social Media and Marketing focusing on social sites such as Twitter,Facebook and Instagram which could really help advertise and promote your work within Dance and Theatre and the projects/ performances you may be involved in. How it can connect with a Company you may have founded and sending images to your social media sites to promote and to post regularly so you get noticed etc. We also learnt about how important emails are to contact professionals and learning about how the venues and box office works when performing at a venue.
  • Child protection was an important subject covered by Claire Summers that expertly delivered a lecture on how to work with children who may be experiencing a dark time at home. we looked at how to safeguard the young people and ourselves and why this is so important. I gain knowledge on how the community and professional dance differ but can be similar in how you deliver both and what the elements are within both types of dance. To keep your accounts private from children you teach or are in workshops/ projects with etc.
  • I have really enjoyed the most recent volunteer’s talk we have had with Fin from Plymouth University, speaking about self-employment and the importance of being a freelancer and what you can get out of it; the range of having a steady income doing workshops and projects to being in a company and being contracted on a set salary.
  • I have also learnt about business planning and expenses when spending within a company and a freelancer, partnerships with a company and having that flexibility in a self-employed position.
  • I recently was involved with Dance with Parkinson’s which was organised by People Dancing in partnership with Plymouth Dance. The session included teaching a group with Parkinson’s and how to teach with chairs and being a group/unity through dance and communication. I took part as a volunteer and was lucky to experience how the whole day was structured and how friendly and open minded everyone was which was great.

I have learnt so much this year being a Volunteer for Plymouth Dance and have networked frequently with artists and people in the community, I hope to keep volunteering and keep learning and building up my experience and meeting people.

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Nathan Matthews

PlymouthDance Volunteer and Plymouth University Graduate

CPD Dance Card Deadline 1st July

Are you a dance artist based in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon?

Get your CPD Dance Card

The CPD Dance Card aims to open up opportunities for individuals working in the dance sector in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon to attend training and continuing professional development events.

You may apply at any stage in your career for opportunities which:

  • Offer you the opportunity to enhance your professional and personal development
  • Offer you a specific, high quality opportunity for career development
  • Assist you to continue to pursue a career in dance from a base in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • Enable you to bring back your enhanced skills to the dance community in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • Take place anywhere in the world

 

Criteria:

  • Your professional base must be primarily in either Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • The maximum available award is £250 and your award will be up to 75% of your overall costs
  • You can receive only one award in any 12 month period
  • We ask that you provide a brief report following your training or skills development activity and a proportion of your award will be retained until this is received

 

Application process:

Please write and tell us about the professional development opportunity you would like to take part in including the course title or outline of the opportunity, dates and location. You may also attach web links. Please explain why it is important to you to undertake this training at this point in your career and how you will share your experiences with the wider dance community in Cornwall, Plymouth and/or Devon.  Maximum 500 words

 

Please attach your CV and you may include other information to support your application. You should also include a budget showing all expenditure & income including costing in your time where appropriate.

 Please submit your application to your regional dance agency by email;

kiki@hallforcornwall.org.uk  claire.summers@plymouthdance.org.uk info@danceindevon.org.uk

 

The deadline for applications is 1st July2016

PLEASE NOTE Grants will not be awarded retrospectively. If successful you will need to be in a position to fund the costs in the first instance; awards will be paid on receipt of an invoice and within 30 days. Decisions are entirely at the discretion of The Hall for Cornwall, Plymouth Dance & Dance in Devon, and are not negotiable.

CPD Dance Card: examples of recent successful applications

 

Who: Claire Summers, Artistic Director of Exim Dance Company and Freelance Practitioner and Project Coordinator with Plymouth Dance.

 

What: Claire received £250 funding towards her expenses so she could travel to Seattle to participate in and present at the University of Washington Integrated Dance Summer Intensive.

 

Budget:

Course Fee                                                                 Free as presenting

Flights                                                                         £900

Accommodation (7 nights)                                          £200

Food                                                                            £120

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £750

Total Cost                                                                  £1970 

 

Claire’s evaluation of the experience:

Being on the course has already had a great impact on my practice and since returning from Seattle I have been trying to embed the principles of adaptive technique into my classes. In addition to the practical skills I developed it was also a fantastic opportunity to network with an international group of dancers and as I was speaking at the conference I was able to talk about and being awareness to the pioneering work being done in Plymouth in inclusive dance.

 

Who: Emily Dobson, Artistic Director of Freefall Dance, lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University and freelance practitioner.

 

What: Emily received £250 to take professional class in London for 7 days at The Place and Greenwich Dance.

 

Budget:

Cost of classes (£4 per class min of 2 per day)        £52

Travel to London                                                         £80

Accommodation                                                          £200

Food (£12 Per Diems per day)                                   £84

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £700

Total cost                                                                  £1116

 

Emily’s Evaluation of the experience:

Through my work as co-leader of Freefall Dance I deliver classes to dancers in training, teachers, community practitioners, professional dancers and create choreography also. This CPD opportunity is vital in feeding me with new ideas that I then feed into my work; inspiring a whole new generation of ideas formed by the participants that I teach. The work also inspires dancers, knowing that I have recently trained myself with teachers who work worldwide.

 

Who: Jane Castree

 

What: Jane received £250 towards mentoring support from an established artist.

 

Budget:

Mentor fee                                                                   £250

Travel                                                                          £24

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £700

Total                                                                           £974

 

Jane’s evaluation of her experience:

The mentoring support I received from this artist has been vital to me at this point in my career. Over the past 12 months I have been focusing on my choreographic practice, which has resulted in completing a research and development period, Making Space, in association with Dance in Devon, Beaford Arts Centre and The Northcott Theatre. Jane has since gone on to establish Jane Castree Dance Collaborations and is currently on a UK tour.

International Summer Intensive

Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University are vey pleased to announce our first ever International Summer Intensive which will be led by  Theo Clinkard.

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Join us at Plymouth University for the first week long International Summer Intensive with Internationally renowned Dance Maker Theo Clinkard hosted by Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University.
Please direct any booking enquires to claire.summers@plymouthdance.org.uk

WORKSHOP
Tailored towards professional dance artists and recent graduates, this intensive with choreographer Theo Clinkard is centred around his ongoing research towards a new work for a larger group of dancers with a view to enriching participants own practice as performers, dance makers and teachers. Starting each day with a generous two hour class that is both challenging and playful, followed by a focused session where participants can delve into and discuss some of the ideas he is currently concerned with before developing material through exploratory and creative tasks and dancing together as a group.

MORNING CLASS
Theo begins his working day with a release based class. Starting with simple exercises that develop awareness and connection within the dancing body and perception games for people to relate themselves to each other and to the space they are inhabiting. Through a balance of improvised movement and designed movement patterns his class is then devised to challenge dancers coordination and help them find greater clarity in articulation. He finishes up with expansive phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.

BIOGRAPHY

Theo Clinkard is a Cornwall born, Brighton-based choreographer, dancer and theatre designer. For 20 years he has performed with many of the UK’s most celebrated companies (Siobhan Davies Dance, Random Dance, Matthew Bourne, Bgroup, Rafael Bonachela, New Art Club and The Featherstonehaughs among others) as well as for 5 years co-directing the dancer run company, PROBE with Antonia Grove.
In 2012, he formed his own seven-strong company to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He has created two full-length evenings of work ‘Ordinary Courage’ (2012) and ‘Of Land & Tongue’ (2014), which includes ‘Chalk’ the duet he performs with composer James Keane.
Theo is currently planning ‘This Bright Field’; for 12 dancers, due to premiere in Spring 2017.
Theo has created numerous commissioned works including ‘The Listening Room’ Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2016), ‘somewhat still when seen from above’ (2015) Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘My Dance, Your Touch’ (2015) Transitions Dance Company, ‘We Become Panoramic’ Verve, Wo/Manmade (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance S.E.A.D.) as well as various creations for youth dance companies.
Alongside his choreographic work, Theo regularly leads international workshop residencies and teaches at the vocational schools and the major international dance companies (Pina Bausch, Culberg, DV8, Carte Blanche, Sydney Dance, Rambert, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales, Danish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dansteater, Ballet Boyz, Michael Clark, New Adventures and Candoco).
Theo is a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and an Associate Artist at Dance4. www.theoclinkard.com

Food and Accommodation
If you require food and accommodation for the Summer Intensive we have negotiated a excellent package with the University. You will have three meals a day (Cooked breakfast, packed lunch and hot evening meal) and be accommodated within the university campus in a single occupancy room with a shared bathroom. If you would prefer your own bathroom there will be a extra charge of £10 per night.

We did it! Thanks for being a Tea Dance Twister!

Thanks to all your support over the past 30 days we were able to hit (and surpass) our Crowdfunder target!

So here are the wonderful people who believed in our project and pledged to support it:

Janice Summers

Lydia Chantal Baldchin

Ros Twinn

Jade Poole

Nat

Adam Morley

Sophie Northmoor

Rachael Nightingale

Maryam Pourian

Hannah Rimes

Mel Williams

Sarah Cobley

We are all busy planning and getting ready for the first Tea Dance With a Twist! on the 18th June at Plymouth Guildhall. So please make sure the date is in your diaries! If you can help us spread the word and promote these events please do and if you would like any flyers or posters please get in touch with Hannah our apprentice by emailing apprentice@plymouthdance.org.uk

 

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With Company Summer Intensive

With Company is a student found dance company, based in Plymouth that focuses on the making and performing of high quality dance work for undergraduates and recent graduates. With Company are supported by Plymouth University & Instep Dance Company

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We are hosting a Summer Intensive for all undergraduate students and recent graduates of up to 3 years to participate in learning company repertoire, taking part in choreographic tasks and recreating our full length production work ‘People’. This Summer Intensive is for FREE! 

If you are interested in taking part in this or have an enquiry, please email our General Manager: siobhan.bowie-wooler@students.plymouth.ac.uk

Website: http://withcompany.wix.com/home