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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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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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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Third network meeting for professional development

Part II: Where can we present work?

For our third network meeting in March 2016 we invited all attendants to think back at the opportunities they had taken part in and to share their experiences with each other. The meeting was a lively exchange and we’d like to pass on some of the insights to those who weren’t able to join. This is Part II “Where can we present work?” Click here for Part I “Where can we develop work?”

The purpose of the meeting and this write-up is to invite you to think proactively about the opportunities you apply for and to make informed decisions. Each and every opportunity we present is valuable and useful and has great advantages, but it may not fit everyone’s needs. There are of course many more opportunities out there and if you would like to share your experience of a particular programme or opportunity with your peers or you have points to add to the information below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can add the information to this informal database.

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Third network meeting for professional development

Part I: Where can we develop work?

For our third network meeting in March 2016 we invited all attendants to think back at the opportunities they had taken part in and to share their experiences with each other. The meeting was a lively exchange and we’d like to pass on some of the insights to those who weren’t able to join. This is Part I: Where can we develop work? Click here for Part II: Where can we present work?

The purpose of the meeting and this write-up is to invite you to think proactively about the opportunities you apply for and to make informed decisions. Each and every opportunity we present is valuable and useful and has great advantages, but it may not fit everyone’s needs. There are of course many more opportunities out there and if you would like to share your experience of a particular programme or opportunity with your peers or you have points to add to the information below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can add the information to this informal database.

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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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