Choreographer Charlotte Eatock has been commissioned to work with some of Plymouths finest Youth Dancers who will be performing a very special sited piece of dance at this evenings U.Dance 2015 welcome event! Here is a sneak peek of the dancers in rehearsal and a few words from two of the dancers who have been working with Charlotte.
The welcome commission rehearsals have been nothing but continuous laughter. Charlotte Eatock’s choreography with the seven dancers is highly energetic, vibrant, and humorous the work is completely audience interactive. We have draw inspiration from various and creative choreographic exercises allowing us individually to show our own dance styles.
I have felt truly privileged and proud to work alongside such talented, driven and creative young Plymouth dancers. We are all super excited to open U.Dance on 22nd July
Laura Henry – Welome Commission Dancer
To watch and learn from Charlotte Eatock in the way she works has been completely inspiring. The welcome commission process has aided me to develop my dance vocabulary and build my confidence dramatically. It’s been an honour to work alongside professional dancers, undergraduates and dancers from the community on this project. I know I can talk for all the dancers when I say we are raring to show the work we have all worked so hard on.
Isaac Miller – Welcome Commission Dancer
The training I and many other volunteers have received in preparation for U.Dance 2015 has been fantastic, from learning good communication skills to being qualified First Aiders we have all taken something from each training whether it be a skill or very handy information.
Training has taken place within many different venues to name a couple, The Creative Arts School and the Barbican Theatre. Being in different spaces in Plymouth is exciting as you find yourself seeing most of Plymouth en route to each venue and begin to know where everything is before having any physical training. It’s also refreshing as you get to meet artists and managers who resident within the spaces and are more than happy to help with anything you need.
Being a volunteer we’ve all had the fantastic opportunity to get our training and certificates for free such as being DBS certified this enabling us to work with children and also being first aid trained putting everyone involved with the festival in safe hands. Literally.
We’ve also had brilliant training by a range of people, here are a few I thoroughly enjoyed learning:
Dan Baker, Manager of the Barbican Theatre informed us with Hospitality and Customer Service training, small things that can sometimes be forgotten are always good reminders. For example: Looking presentable and being approachable. Also to be knowledgeable of the event and the area, as if we are a U.Dance 2015 flyer but 10 times more exciting and encouraging.
Photo by Siobhan Bowie-Wooler
Claire Summers, Artistic Director of Exim Dance Company and Project Co-ordinator for Plymouth Dance trained the volunteers within Child Protection and Safe Guarding. This was great training and eye opened me and many others to ensure the safety of children and how to go about it.
Jade Poole, Corporate Funding Development Co-ordinator for Plymouth Dance and General Manager of Exim Dance Company gave the volunteers brilliant training on Networking. Networking is something I have personally struggled with, being chatty and confident with talking to people and creating these small interactions or connections that either gets your name, company or event out there. This is valuable information and training to receive as audience members or dancers will be looking to us as volunteers to know where all of the facilities are within venues, to have a good understanding of the city and other events happening in the festival. So being able to talk confidently about the festival and who we are connects us to numerous different people that we may end up helping or working with for our next projects that we take on.
Plymouth Dance Volunteer 2015
Olivia rehearsing for Dance PLYMOUTH Dance with ADAPT at TR2 Image by Claire Summers
On the 5th July I was tasked with filming the rehearsals of groups and companies taking part in U.dance 2015 and are to perform on the Theatre Royal stage during the festival, the rehearsals took place at TR2 and the rehearsals were guided by Jules Laville. Each company has a one hour rehearsal slot.
The companies that were rehearsing for their performance at the Theatre Royal ranged from different ages and abilities, as well as different styles of dance. Ranging from ballet to contemporary dance.
Each company rehearsed in a space around the same size as the Theatre Royal stage to help give the choreographer and their dancers a chance to see how their piece would work as well as to make an adjustments to their piece around the size of the stage. The groups rehearse a few times, then final run is recorded at the end of the rehearsal session.
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Photographer: Lloyd Russell
Limbo was an explosive dance piece that was choreographed and performed by the Plymouth University first year dance students. This was performed in a brand new state of the art theatre facility called The House. The piece was about chasing your dreams and overcoming the potential barriers.
My expectations before watching the piece was that it would be a slow pace performance with lots of levels and lifts that were transitioned between smoothly and beautifully. I also imagined the performers to be professional and mature in their style of dancing, using their body and expressions to tell the story. I also expected them to show the audience how they can work holistically with each other to include various styles of dance and include a range of acrobatic and gymnastics elements as this add power and meaning to the piece.
Photographer: Lloyd Russell
Limbo was a very mature action packed explosive dance piece that included different styles of dance like contemporary and hip hop and this gave the piece an edge to it. The dancer included lots of lifts and counter balances that varied in difficulty. This showed the incredible bond and the trust the dancers have between each other, this gave to piece a professional look to it. The piece told a clear story and the movements were very clear and effective and this helped the audience to visualise the story and this gave the piece a clear meaning. The performance had a constant theme to piece and all the movements linked very well into this.
The dancer’s costumes were very bright and colourful which gave the piece a happy feel to it and all the dancers were well presented and prepared and the movements were crisp as they travelled through the spaces they used creativity and professionalism because they worked with a Varity of dancers and you could see the individual personalities.
The only negative I had was the lighting at time let the performance down as the piece was quite dark and I struggled to see a lot of the spectacular lifts and this not only let the piece down this also let the dancers down as a whole as it was clear that the dancers had worked really hard and the piece and had clearly put a lot of time and effort into perfecting the piece. Overall the piece was a spectacular performance and incredible and very professional piece for first year dancers that made the audience come alive and question themselves and their own life goals and dreams. I would defiantly come and see future performances.
Tammy Mildren is part of the Plymouth Dance Volunteer team and working towards her silver arts award.