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October performance dates

Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)

Fresh from last night’s sharing at Elizabeth House Community Centre, Ruby and I are about to present our new duet ‘Et si Cécile …’ at the Blue Elephant Theatre. Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn himself came and congratulated us after the performance, so we are excited to show new audiences how Chaminade’s music inspired us!

Book tickets online for as little as £5 (concessions: £3.50)

 

‘Dryads’ by Irene Fiordilino (2017)

Join us and the London Consorts of Winds for an evening of dance and live music at Herne Hill School (London SE24 9LY). I will dance in ‘Dryads’, a quartet created this spring by my friend Irene Fiordilino, who studies choreography at Laban.

 

  • Save the date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018!

I have been selected to choreograph a piece for Resolution, The Place’s festival of new dance! My dancer friend Shivaangee and I will be creating it this autumn, and we will be on stage for one night only. For now, feel free to have a sneaky peak at our rehearsals on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/232879792

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A peine remises de la présentation d’hier soir au centre communautaire Elizabeth House, Ruby et moi sommes sur le point de présenter notre nouveau duo “Et si Cécile …” au Blue Elephant Theatre. Hier, Jeremy Corbyn lui-même est venu nous féliciter après notre performance, donc on a hâte de montrer à d’autres spectateurs combien la musique de Chaminade nous a inspirées !

Réservez en ligne pour seulement £5 (ou £3.50 si vous bénéficiez du tarif réduit, notamment pour les étudiants)

 

‘Dryads’ by Irene Fiordilino (2017)

Venez vous joindre à nous et aux musiciens du London Consorts of Winds pour une soirée de danse et de musique live à l’école de Herne Hill (dans le Sud-Est de Londres, code postal SE24 9LY). Je danserai dans “Dryads”, un quatuor créé au printemps dernier par l’une des mes amies étudiantes en chorégraphie, Irene Fiordilino.

 

  • Notez dès maintenant la date du mardi 23 janvier 2018 !

J’ai été sélectionnée pour chorégraphier une pièce dans le cadre de Résolution, le festival de nouvelles danses organisé chaque début d’année à The Place. Cet automne, je vais donc créer un duo avec mon amie danseuse Shivaangee. Nous serons sur scène pour un soir seulement ! Un aperçu de nos répétitions est disponible sur Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/232879792


 

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Back to work

Friday 25th August 2017

Here I am, back in London, and back to business! This week,

  • I took professional dance classes with Amy Bell – which proved to be a great way of getting back into shape!
  • I turned into a bookworm, spending hours and hours at the Wellcome library each afternoon. Hard work was worth it: I met my goal for the week and finished all assignments required for Unit 1 of my Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning!
  • I taught a couple of outdoor taster dance sessions for DanceWest. How nice to share my energy and teach in a park, for a change!

    Normand Park, London, 22/08/2017
    A summer location for creative dance sessions – Normand Park, London, 22/08/2017

It’s Friday night and I’m slightly sore, but very happy to have completed my academic work for the year.

Now it’s time enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. I can already hear bands rehearsing for the Notting Hill Carnival … Exciting!

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Vendredi 25 août 2017

Me revoilà à Londres, et me revoilà au travail ! Cette semaine,

  • j’ai pris des cours de danse professionnels avec Amy Bell – ce qui s’est révélé être un excellent moyen de me remettre en forme !
  • je me suis transformée en petit rat … de bibliothèque (et non de l’opéra ! Dommage que ce parallèle soit impossible à faire en anglais) en passant des heures et des heures en bibliothèque chaque après-midi. Ce dur labeur en valait la peine : j’ai atteint mon objectif de la semaine et terminé tous les travaux requis pour l’Unité 1 de mon Diplôme en Enseignement et Apprentissage de la Danse !
  • j’ai donné deux sessions d’essai de danse créative (en extérieur) pour DanceWest. Quel plaisir de partager mon énergie et de donner cours dans un parc, pour changer !

On est vendredi soir et je suis légèrement courbaturée, mais bien contente d’avoir enfin achevé le travail académique que je m’étais promis de faire cette année.

Maintenant, il est temps de profiter d’un long week-end, avec lundi férié (c’est “Bank Holiday” !) J’entends déjà des groupes de musique qui répètent pour le Carnaval de Notting Hill … ça promet 😀


A dancer’s travel diary

Monday 7th August 2017 – Sydney solo

I have been lucky enough to fly to Australia! And as always, I took my dancing dreams in a suitcase. I’m getting so inspired by this gigantic land that I wanted to share some sights with you all.

Sydney Opera House by night, 04/08/2017
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07/08/2017

This morning, when I entered the Art Gallery of New South Wales, I went straight down to the contemporary arts section. Alone. Empty bright spaces, with a selection of scupltures/installations that seemed to crave movement and human bodies to inhabit them. Maybe I’m biased, because I danced in museums, in and around sculptures on several occasions this year! Visiting this part of the gallery reinforced my willingness to insert contemporary dance into visual arts. Nowadays, artists are literally building spaces, making room for people to move in, it seems. So why not?

Of course I couldn’t, and didn’t, touch any of the artworks exposed. But as you can see on the picture on the right, I had fun with Ugo Rondinone’s clockwork for oracles (2011).

On the escalators, a massive quote painted up on the wall drew my attention:

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07/08/2017

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I dance, teach dance and practice choreography: ‘to pass from feeling to meaning‘ …

I spent the afternoon at Sydney’s world-famous Opera House. Although I found the tour slightly pricey, I came out thinking that it was very much worth it! The tour guide took my group in two of the ‘small’ auditioriums, as well as in the main concert hall. He showed us and told us about the inside of the architecture, which was quite fascinating. We even got to touch it from the outside!

The photos below might tell you more than words about what I saw today:

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Act | Balance

Still from Robert Lucas Appleton’s video: Glass _ Lifts _ Dance & Act | Balance

Une vidéo extraite de l’installation/performance de fin d’études de l’artiste Tuli Litvak est maintenant disponible ! Vous vous souvenez peut-être que j’y ai participé en mai dernier. C’était à l’école d’arts Central Saint Martins, pendant une semaine entière. Autant dire que cette vidéo de 9 minutes vous donne juste un bref aperçu de l’installation de Tuli. Vous me verrez apparaitre aux environs de la moitié de la vidéo :

Glass _ Lifts _ Dance & Act | Balance by Tuli Litvak

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A video excerpted from Tuli Litvak’s degree show performance/installation is now available on Vimeo! You may or may not remember that I performed in it last May, at Central Saint Martins. Tuli’s installation was on for an entire week, so the video only gives you snippets of it. You will see me appear about halfway through.

Still from Robert Lucas Appleton's video: Glass _ Lifts _ Dance & Act | Balance

 

July events and performance dates

Saturday 1st July, 15:00

> Catch me for a special MoveMe event on Andover Central Square, London N7. Together with the company’s founder, Bert Roman, I will be teaching one of my favourite dances from our repertoire.

 

Sunday 9th July, 15:00-20:00

> Don’t miss the Next Choreography Festival at Siobhan Davies Studios:

Rehearsal for the Next Choreography Festival 2017 at Siobhan Davies Dance. Photo by Gorm Ashurst

16:00-17:45: I will be moderating the Young Artists’ Feedback Forum. This is your chance to see 4 brand new works and discuss them with the young choreographers we selected.

19:00-20:00: You will see me perform in a bilingual duet, a special solo, and the ‘Greatest Hits’ of this choreographic year 😀

There will be installations, durational pieces, talks, a film and much more to discover around the building.

 

  • Saturday 22nd July, 12:00-18:00

> Come and see me improvise with my friend pianist Mikaela Livadiotis at artsdepot, North Finchley. Performance times to be confirmed. Click here to find out more about the TogetherFest event.

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    Samedi 1er juillet, 15h00

  • > Rendez-vous sur Andover Central Square, dans le nord de Londres, pour un évènement MoveMe spécial été. Avec le fondateur de la compagnie, mon compatriote belge Bert Roman, nous allons apprendre à tous les participants présents l’une de mes danses préférées du répertoire MoveMe.

 

  • Dimanche 9 juillet, 15 à 20h

  • > Ne manquez pas le festival Next Choreography au Studio Siobhan Davies :

De 16h à 17h45, je vais modérer le Forum de Feedback des Jeunes Artistes. Cette platforme vous donnera l’occasion de voir 4 toutes nouvelles pièces et d’en discuter avec les jeunes chorégraphes que nous avons sélectionnés pour vous.

De 19 à 20h, vous me verrez présenter un duo bilingue, un solo très spécial et les ‘Plus Grands Hits’ de cette année chorégraphique 😀

Il y aura aussi des installations, des pièces de longue durée, des présentations, un film et bien plus encore à découvrir un peu partout dans le bâtiment.

 

  • Samedi 22 juillet, entre 12 et 18h

  • > Venez me voir improviser avec mon amie pianiste Mikaela Livadiotis à artsdepot, dans le quartier de North Finchley (Londres). Les heures de nos performances seront bientôt confirmées. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus sur l’évènement “TogetherFest”.


     

Leading my own Choreo Lab

Monday 19th June 2017, Siobhan Davies Dance

I’m proud to have led an hour and a half long session at Siobhan Davies Dance, as part of the Young Artists Choreography Lab! It was the 3rd of a series of 4 workshops delivered and attended by recent graduate dancers or ‘dance-curious’ people like me.

Simple & inspiring theme, knots!!

Knotting and unknotting – dance phrase by Yanaëlle Thiran

One of the seven participants said that she ‘loved learning the part of the phrase’, which you can watch above. So I’m curious to hear your thoughts, dear readers and friends: what do you think? What does this type of movement evoke for you? As another participant puts it:

How is the knot physicalised? Is it mental, is it metaphoric, is it your body knotted?

There a lots of approaches.

I really enjoy improvisation so I liked the fact that you gave us freedom to explore ideas & [that you were] flexible with your phrase

Teaching resources for my Choreography Lab at Siobhan Davies Dance, 19/06/2017

I found it very fascinating how many stimuli you receive from such a simple starting point!

Indeed, not only did we work from movement material and improvisation tasks, but also from props, text and images … with a selection of inspiring music, of course!

I loved working with the rope – a physical object to play with in so many different ways. And interesting to see how to play in the same way without the rope.

In brief?

Nice physical experiment on idea of knots. Encouraging practice, inspiring. Looking forward to see more work 🙂

And next time I get to teach this kind of workshop, we will explore

group knotting please!

A participant found the session ‘super well organised!’ Somebody else describes it as ‘very engaging, flows well’ and adds:

 need longer 🙂

Yes, I had a few more activities planned … But there’s never enough time!


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Next Choreography, next month

8th June 2017. I just wanted to share this newsletter from Siobhan Davies Dance:

Next Choreography Festival participants rehearsing a work choreographed by Martin Hargreaves, photo Gorm Ashurst
Next Choreography Festival participants rehearsing a work choreographed by Martin Hargreaves, photo Gorm Ashurst

Next Choreography Festival 2017

Sun 9 Jul, 2pm-8pm
Siobhan Davies Studios, London

Join us for the latest edition of the Next Choreography Festival. Our annual festival is a celebration of choreography featuring the work of young artists from our Next Choreography course and beyond.

“Next Choreography is unique in the UK dance landscape as a place where young artists can grow and flourish according to their own practices, talents and interests.”
– Amy Bell, Next Choreography Facilitator

The festival features live work, performances, film, and participatory events by young artists, our Next Choreography participants, and writer and dramaturg Martin Hargreaves. This year’s festival opens up the participants’ choreographic notebooks and asks big questions challenging perceptions of what choreography is, and could be.

There will allso be the opportunity for you to share your thoughts and questions with the choreographers during the Young Artists’ Feedback Forum.

The festival is free to attend and open to all. Follow the link below for the full festival programme and information about how to book your place for the Body in Space workshop.

Please be advised that some performances have a limited capacity and we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.

Click for more info

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