A little bit of sadness and a lot of pride

Today we announce that Kaleidoscopic Arts will close its doors for an indefinite amount of time. We feel sad to let it go and also extremely proud of what we have achieved.

Kaleidoscopic Arts was born out of our need for connection, encouragement and respect at the vulnerable stage of being an early career female choreographer. We learnt by doing and have put together five fantastic dance events, seven professional development meetings and five work-in-progress sharings between November 2014 and April 2018.

Along the way, artists have found each other to collaborate on artistic endeavours, learnt about all the work they have to stay on top of outside of their artistic work and connected with key supporters of their work: fellow artists, producers and dance writers.

Time to celebrate

Instead of feeling too sad, we celebrate the successes, connections, careers and collaborations that were born at Kaleidoscopic Arts Platforms.

We also celebrate the courage, enthusiasm and strength it takes to embark on a career in dance and choreography.

Supporting the next generation

Our website will live on at https://kaleidoscopic-arts.co.uk. It will serve 1) as a documentation of our work and the time we operated in and 2) as a source of information and support. Over the years we have interviewed interesting artists, shared valuable insights and resources and documented all our work.

We encourage lecturers, teachers, fellow artists, producers, alumni and others to let people know about the resources available. Why should everyone always have to start from zero? We hope that the knowledge we have gathered will continue to serve choreographers at the beginning of their careers and we’re here for them if they’d like to have a chat or even find out about putting on their own showcase. We would love to share what we have learnt along the way to help them have a good start into this beautiful career and way of life.

Our Facebook page and Twitter account will rest but stay in existence as documentation.

Staying in touch

Do stay in touch and follow our journey through dance. You can get in touch with us personally (https://www.skalionta.com/contact and https://lucidezdance.com/contact/) and on Facebook and Twitter.

We want you to stay in touch. We will always support fellow dance artists through catching up, talking things through, being there for each other and encouraging each other.

Thank you

And last but not least, we do shed some tears as we’re writing this. Kaleidoscopic Arts and the people we have worked with and worked for have meant so much to us, still mean so much to us. We love seeing what you are doing, seeing your successes and knowing that we were part of your journey. Thank you to all the artists and everyone who supported us along the way, thank you to everyone who gave their time and experience to support other artists and everyone who helped on the bars, with the wardrobes and all those many, many things.

With love, admiration and the very best wishes,

Konstantina and Lucia

 

PS: The picture was the very first one we took of ourselves on the day that we went to our first venue 🙂

Reflections on your work and its presentations

Interview with Elisabeth Schilling

Before each platform we ask our participating artists to reflect on a few questions about their work and about their participation with Kaleidoscopic Arts. We then film an interview with them on the performance day and you can find interviews with Feet off the Ground Dance, Helen Cox, Jayne Port and Lucidez Dance from our last platform over on our Vimeo channel.

However, Elisabeth Schilling, who presented the photography exhibition STADTKÖRPER, which she curated and co-created with a group of photographers, flew into the performance later in the evening and so we didn’t get a chance to film an interview. We didn’t want to miss a chance to catch up with her though and so you can now read her thoughts right here!  Continue reading “Reflections on your work and its presentations”

Seventh network meeting for professional development

For our seventh meeting we invited guest speaker Thea Stanton, communications co-ordinator at ITC – Independent Theatre Council, to join us. She spoke to us about choreographers’ legal rights, correct rates and conditions and about negotiating contracts.

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On style, movement language and working processes as a choreographer

Interview with Michaela Cisarikova of MCDC

On the weekend of the first May Bank Holiday Breakin’ Convention took place once again at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Founded by Jonzi D. “Breakin’ Convention is the award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner. Working with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists, Breakin’ Convention seeks to position hip hop dance alongside more historically established art forms, through our world-renowned international festivals, professional development, youth projects and educational programme.” ~ http://breakinconvention.com/about-us

This year, Michaela Cisarikova, artistic director and choreographer of Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company, was invited to showcase her work ‘aLove Story’ and we joined the festival to see her work and experience the excitement, thoughtfulness and excellence of hip hop dance theatre.

We were struck by the beauty of Michaela’s work and we were curious to learn more about her work and her movement language.

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© Imoje Aikhoje – Michaela Cisarikova performing ‘aLove Story’

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Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Fiona Yates

Situated in Wilditch Community Centre, Kaleidoscopic Arts Fourth Platform has a welcoming ‘come as you are’ vibe. Framing the space is Elisabeth Schilling’s Stadtkörper – an exhibition of photos from historic spots in Berlin with Schilling in place as a dancer. They’re subtle but give a sense that the platform has claimed the space and mean that even before the performances start there’s an artistic presence. Continue reading “Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Fiona Yates”

Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Tia Asterope

Empowering the Female Voice

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform, Fourth Platform reviewed by Tia Asterope at Wilditch Community Centre, London SW11 5BB, May 19

The independent choreographers Lucia Schweigert and Konstantina Skalionta began curating the contemporary dance platform Kaleidoscopic Arts in 2014. These experimental events showcase work by emerging female choreographers in alternative performance spaces and are appended by post-show talks. The fourth platform, part of the Wandsworth Fringe Festival, was held at the Wilditch Community Centre in Battersea and featured short dances by Helen Cox, Jayne Port, Lucidez Dance and Feet off the Ground Dance. Continue reading “Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Tia Asterope”

Guest post by Maria Hardcastle

Interview with choreographer Kaia Goodenough

Following her latest performance, choreographer and artistic director of Limb Dance Co., Kaia Goodenough, talks feminism, artistic inspiration, and the issues with cross collaboration.

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Abstract Romanticism by Limb Dance Co., photograph: Michelle Rose

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On sacrifice, opportunity, bureaucracy and bringing about change

Susan Kempster’s work ‘Black Widow’ was showcased as part of this year’s Resolution, The Place’s annual festival for emerging artists. Amongst other themes the piece tackles the issue that dance artists do very little dancing, but lots of other work. It is part of our mission to enable artists to grow artistically and to help them understand and be efficient with all the other work they need to do to make their career work. Therefore we wanted to hear more about Susan’s ideas.

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Susan Kempster and Nicholas Minns in ‘Black Widow’

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Sixth network meeting for professional development

Value your work and empower yourself – meeting led by Konstantina Skalionta and Lucia Schweigert

At our sixth professional development meeting we talked about the fact that often emerging choreographers take unpaid or underpaid opportunities to show their work. While we believe there should be adequate payment, for this meeting we decided to work with the current reality and explored how, under the given circumstances, you can make sure you receive what you need and feel respected and valued at all times when accepting such opportunities.

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