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 🙂

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”

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”

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”

Being champions for each other

A look back at the open space event on gender and (in)equality in the dance industry organised by Cloud Dance Festival

At the beginning of the year Cloud Dance Festival organised an open space event on gender and (in)equality in the dance industry. The direct results so far are the Blue Cloud Scratch Night, regular catch-up sessions to keep the momentum going and a very useful website, within which we find the ‘Action Points’ page particularly valuable. Make sure you also navigate to ‘What next?’ if you’re interested in joining the discussion. At the end of the event all attendants were very fired up and committed to making contributions even if small scale or very personal. Here at Kaleidoscopic Arts we believe in continuous action and we think long-term. Of all the action points brought forward, we have identified several that Kaleidoscopic Arts can contribute to.

Continue reading “Being champions for each other”

Resolution 2016

The New Year has just begun and that means The Place’s Resolution season is around the corner. It gives emerging choreographers the opportunity to perform their work in a prestigious contemporary dance theatre in front of a large audience and audiences can dive into the most current, bold and new dance out there. We hope our selection inspires you to see work at this year’s ‘festival of new dance’.

Continue reading “Resolution 2016”