We have been excited for some time about our performance and research project CID - Collective Identity, and we are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded Arts Council Funding to deliver the first phase of R&D for this project in partnership with Poplar Union over the summer. The project places collaboration at the heart of the process, and most importantly, places equal value and weight on all contributors. Visual artists, musicians, dance artists and people with Parkinson’s will all come together to explore the intimate art of dancing and the value of collective creative expression - which are inseparable.Read More
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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:
I need your support to continue to provide highly valued dance opportunities for people with Parkinson's in Hackney.
Dancing with Parkinson's at St. Joseph's Hospice is an inspiring, artistic, dance opportunity for people with Parkinson's, their partners, carers and family members in Hackney and surrounding areas. The classes and choreographic opportunities are highly valued and enjoyed by over 20 dancers with Parkinson's, and interest in the sessions is continuing to grow. We are therefore looking for support and donations to our crowdfunder page to keep these classes going in 2018...
Please take a look at the page and donate what you can to this fantastic group of dancers. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dancing-with-parkinsons-at-st-josephs-hospice
I'm delighted to announce the launch of the Artists Exchange Programme funded by Arts Council England; an initiative that focuses on artistry and creative integrity in the continuing professional development of artists working in community dance.Read More
My research started with a big question: 'what is happening here!?'. Based on my practice in community dance, I continue to be intrigued by the role of the artist, power dynamics in the dance studio, self actualisation, and dancers ability to take ownership over their dancing experience. A good place to start seemed to be an analysis of the function of the artist as a leader. Therefore immediately a number of other questions came to be important...