Supporting the difficult transition from student to professional choreographer

“linger/beyond: dance works get a new life” at London Studio Centre

Kaleidoscopic Arts congratulates London Studio Centre’s latest choreographic residency project: linger/beyond: dance works get a new life

Ten choreographers (London Studio Centre alumni students) were engaged in a 3-week residency at artsdepot in order to revisit or create brand new works to be presented at artsdepot’s Pentland Theatre on Thursday 6th of October 2016.

We have interviewed LSC tutors Julia K. Gleich and Dr. Lise Uytterhoeven who brought about the project to find out more about this great initiative. Continue reading “Supporting the difficult transition from student to professional choreographer”

A different perspective #2

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and on Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the second of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. It comes from Doug Hooker, a contemporary dancer and rehearsal director currently based in Minneapolis. Continue reading “A different perspective #2”

A different perspective

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the first of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. Our first featured choreographer is Andrew Pearson – L.A. based choreographer and dancer. Continue reading “A different perspective”

Why focus on female choreographers?

Women were the founding mothers of modern dance and well into the 1980s women lead the development of modern and post-modern dance. A New York Times article by eminent dance writer Roger Copeland in 1980 gives a good introduction to the domination of women in the modern and post-modern dance world.

Contemporary dance on the contrary seems to be dominated, not in quality and quantity, but in publicity and popularity, by male choreographers. Continue reading “Why focus on female choreographers?”

Fifth network meeting for professional development

Articulate your work – workshop led by Konstantina Skalionta

At our fifth professional development meeting Konstantina lead a workshop in which the participants worked on articulating their dance work and artistic vision in writing.

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What to see this winter

As we approach winter more and more people will be drawn to the festivity and comfort of going to the theater but before buying those pantomime tickets here are a few other events we have our eye on. We’ve chosen to put these shows on your radar for their innovation and variety as well as them being a  platform for new artists of every gender and individuality. So support your emerging choreographers by checking out a few of these shows. We know we’ll be there. Continue reading “What to see this winter”

Advice and assurance: an interview with MonixArts’ Monica Nicolaides

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Monica Nicolaides. Photographer: Teresa Wilson (2015)

Monica Nicolaides very generously shared her time and experience with us as a guest speaker at our most recent professional development meeting about Grants for the Arts at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. You will be able to read up on it soon. We asked her about her projects, how she works, and if she could give any final advice for those wanting to progress as choreographers.

You can read all about MonixArts here. Scroll down and you will also find their contact details and links to Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and Instagram and more ways to keep up to date with MonixArts.

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Fourth network meeting for professional development

On June 15th we held our fourth professional development meeting. The theme was funding with a focus on Grants for the Arts by Arts Council England. We invited guest speakers Rachel Johnson and Monica Nicolaides, who have both applied to GftA.

Both Monica and Rachel were very generous and we cannot thank them enough for sharing the wealth of their experience with the attending choreographers and us.

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Fashion, consumption and shipping

Rose George’s Ted Talk ‘Inside the secret shipping industry’

Sometimes it’s good to step out for a moment, to look at our world and ask how it functions. There are many programmes that explain various aspects of life to children in simple ways, but not many that do the same for us grown-ups. How does it all work? For instance how does the fashion we buy arrive on the high street?

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