aep skills exchange: awareness, responsibility

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touch, breath and tuning in

On day 4 of the Skills Exchange, Clare Reynolds offered some warm up exercises with a focus on touch, increasing our awareness of our own bodies and breath, considering our responsibility to ourselves and others when in 'service' to dancers who have limited understanding of the moving body. In her own words she shares her thoughts:

In my work with Restoke we work a lot on 'tuning in' to our own bodies; as an ensemble of diverse participants; and to the sites we work in. The dancers I work with have to model what it is to fully inhabit our bodies, to make genuine and often unspoken connections and to support others to feel comfortable to do the same.

Inspired by the previous days discussions about balancing the duty of care we all hold in community dance, with artistry and integrity, I thought I'd look at some physical ways we could practice this...

aep skills exchange: Activism, autonomy and agency

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Rachel's workshop as part of the Skills Exchange drew on the notion that our art form has influence outside of the creative process and product. It reflected on ideas about how our personal politics and values drive our practice. 

Some of the core values of the work that were explored included:

  • It is important for self-belief to see ourselves as individuals as well as part of communities
  • A combination of contributions can only make life richer for all
  • Equality can be built through fostering empathy, acknowledging and celebrating difference, and opening our eyes to the value of others

aep skills exchange: 20 questions

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empathy, awareness, human experience

On day 3 Tom Hobden led the Skills Exchange artists through a creative process to highlight the principles behind his practice and what led him to the development of his current work '20 Questions'. 20 Questions is an intergenerational piece developed with local people with varying experience of dance. Every performer in the show goes on a process with Tom and co-director Kate Flurrie; learning who they are, who they were and who they might like to be; finding the answers to these big questions through movement. 

aep skills exchange: group, individual, autonomy and leadership

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Ensemble and collectivity

On Skills Exchange Day 3, Hannah Robertshaw and Danielle Teale collaborated to deliver a workshop exploring their joint interest of collectivity and ensemble from very different perspectives. 

Hannah shared her thoughts on the ensemble as a uniting concept in which dancers communicate through shared action. 

In my workshop I shared the working processed behind my research with people with Parkinson's. The Collectivity and Intimacy project was developed out of a curiosity for the teaching method of collectivity which is used in dance for Parkinson's to make best use of mirror neurons and external cueing, which is a highly researched and a proven tool for supporting people with Parkinson's to move with more fluidity and intention.

My research interrogates this teaching practice and questions whether it can be considered inclusive, as it is led by external direction (either visual, auditory, verbal or tactile) by the artist.

aep skills exchange: markings

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markings

As a part of the AEP Skills Exchange Beth shared and enabled collective exploration of her recent artistic research into the connections between land and bodily markings. In her own words she explains more of the concepts and process behind this work.

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What I have shared at the AEP Skills Exchange is a thread of my personal research that emerged from an expeditionary arts and science residency I undertook earlier this year called The Arctic Circle, through which I spent three weeks in and around the island of Svalbard, located half-way between Norway and the North Pole.