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”

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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Feminism, Kaleidoscopic Arts and our place in this world

Beginning a new blog series

As the runners of Kaleidoscopic Arts we are of course feminists. Do we believe that there is systematic sexism at work in the British or the wider dance world? Do we believe some individuals intentionally try not to have women empowered within the dance world? The truth is we don’t know. We might like to know, but what we think really matters is this:

Do we see women’s perspectives and stories or not? Do we see them enough or not?

The answers to those questions are more or less “no, we don’t – sometimes we see them a little bit” and that’s not good enough for us, so we think there is a problem.

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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.

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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’.

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Meet the choreographers: Sarah Louise Kristiansen

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the final interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform, which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

Be the first to hear from the choreographers about their work and thoughts, and get an insight into their process and rehearsals.


Sarah Louise Kristiansen 1.73MBSarah Louise Kristiansen: As a dance maker Sarah Louise is on a mission to educate the public about the intelligence of dance. She does this by telling beautiful stories on stage, establishing connections with communities worldwide and allowing for discussions and conversations to open up with fellow practitioners and the public. It is Sarah Louise’s belief that dance (and the arts) have a profound way of changing lives and that embodied learning and its discourse have been lost or somewhat all together misrepresented. She is confident that the next generation of dance makers, including herself, has the ability to change this. For more info on Sarah you can visit the Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform Website.

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Meet the artists: Vasiliki Stasinaki

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the fifth interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

For this interview be the first to hear from one of the two visual artists showcasing work at the platform. 


Vasiliki Stasinaki (2)Vasiliki Stasinaki: Through her work Vasiliki attempts to question and explore her place in the world from a social and political point of view by creating performative interventions that take place in a defined space. She is interested in building environments and creating situations that induce a specific emotional state in the audience by prompting it to observe, question and participate. She uses sculpture, textile and printmaking based techniques and processes to create installations and site specific pieces that put the audience and its experience at the centre of the attention. Her work is informed by her practice both as an artist and as a dancer-performer.

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Meet the choreographers: Anna-Lise Marie Hearn

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the fourth interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform, which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

Be the first to hear from the choreographers about their work and thoughts, and get an insight into their process and rehearsals.


Anna-Lise Marie Hearn 409KBAnna-Lise Marie Dance is a contemporary dance company creating collaborative and eclectic works that pioneer and challenge movement, thought and articulation of the body. The work of the company is intricate, strong and physically articulate, and aims to challenge and evoke thought and stir an emotion or reaction in those engaging in the work.

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Meet the Artists: Jonna Tideman

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the third interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

For this interview be the first to hear from one of the two visual artists showcasing work at the platform. 


Jonna Tideman 76KB - Copy Jonna Tideman draws during meetings, on the train, at cafés and at home. Sometimes she just draws in her head and saves it for later. Her work is inspired by people, both strangers and loved ones, feelings, thoughts and other impressions. It all gathers in her body and at some point she needs it to get out, by drawing or dancing. Simple really.

Jonna Tideman lives in Malmö, Sweden. Besides drawing she currently works as a dancer at the Museum of Modern Art and produces her own work ‘Nordiska Väsen’ in which she mixes artistic expressions.

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