aep skills exchange: breaking habits, evolving creative thinking

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Playful Creativity

To warm-up on day three, Jo shared a number of tasks which demonstrated her thinking around how we might foster creativity in choreography in a playful way whilst connecting things we already know and solving problems. We explored multiple tasks that encourage listening, observing and responding to a partner by offering a number of choices in improvisation and through game play. Read more to find out the tasks and perhaps try these out with your groups - we'd love to know your thoughts on their impact for your group.

aep skills exchange: self, support and emotional vulnerability

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resilience

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I have spoken about burnout and resilience building to many dancers across my work and I have been personally affected by the negative impact that lack of support for resilience as an individual and in organisations can have for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. In my research preparing for the AEP launch, I was interested to hear that many artists are struggling in the same way to find a sense of self, life and work balance and to stand up for their values when under pressure to survive. As part of the AEP Skills Exchange Sarah Lewis offered a workshop and discussion on resilience practices to support the artists to understand their values and what they are uncompromising on...

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.

aep skills exchange: misbehaving

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aesthetics, translation and the detail of intention

Kimberley Harvey led a cheeky and payful workshop on day 2 of the SEP Skills Exchange which gave space for considering aesthetic preference and accessibility. In her own words, Kimberley explains the work she shared this week and the intentions within her practice:

Initially, I was a little apprehensive about my decision to use rep from my company’s, Subtle Kraft Co, piece ‘Moments: Revisited’ as the basis for my creative session. But then I reminded myself that, actually, learning other dance company’s repertory material has always been such a treat for me as a dancer - giving you the chance to ‘live it’ and experience the movement of the dancers in the piece.

aep skills exchange: objects, stories, people

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Community Dance as Curatorial practice

On the second day of the AEP Skills Exchange, Lizz Fort took us through a practical task to highlight the importance of artistic choices, and how to deliver a session which provides trainee students with a window into the values of community dance, creative practice and artistry. In her own words she shares her thoughts behind the practice:

In my work as a dance teacher educator, as trainee teachers journey from dancer to teacher/facilitator, I feel strongly that they see themselves as artists in their teaching practice before they develop the skills to host creative dance activities with others.  The activity I hosted at the AEP is one way that I start this conversation. In addition, I wanted to open up a discussion with the other artists about my current interest in rethinking community dance as a curatorial practice, an idea I have been formulating for a PhD research proposal. The ‘object-writing-hand phrase activity’ seemed well suited to achieve both of these objectives.