Introducing the CID project artist team

I’m delighted to introduce our three new Dance Artist Collaborators who will work with Danielle to devise and perform new work as part of the CID project alongside people with Parkinson’s.

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effie mcguire-ward

Effie is a graduate of Stella Mann College and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Her performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN and Two Thirds Sky. She has undertaken several engagements as a core cast member for mass community participation projects – where facilitation and performance elements were intertwined. Effie also facilitates workshops and residencies as an animateur at Rambert. She was a member of the founding team of directors for MÓTUS (a dance festival for Milton Keynes) and remained in her assistant director role until June 2018.

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ella fleetwood

Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. Ella has performed for a range of companies and contexts, including the Victoria and Albert museum, Lakes Alive Festival and Southbank Centre.  She founded ella&co in 2017 through which she creates, performs and teaches with an emphasis on play and inclusivity. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, The Point and Big Ideas.

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stephen mason

Stephen is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher.  Currently, he works as a freelance dance artist for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’s Learning and Participation team, Greenwich Dance and is Course Leader for Dance at Kingston University London.  He has led education work for Rosie Kay Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company and Loop Dance Company alongside performing with the company. Stephen’s choreographic work includes Deputy Choreographer for Royston Maldoom’s Overture 2012 commission for Dance Umbrella and numerous works for schools and colleges across the UK.  Stephen is a member of One Dance UK's Expert Panel for Children and Young People's and was a recipient of One Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentoring programme.

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.