Presented by DanceEast and EncoreEast
Tuesday 26 February 11.00am – 6.30pm (Performance for friends and family at 5.30pm)
A day of workshops performances and debates for older dancers, along with artists, practitioners and choreographers working with dancers over 50.
The day will celebrate and explore issues such as the nature of artistry, its relationship to the older performer, and how it can be taught and learned. It will challenge assumptions about what older dancers can bring to dance, how they want to be represented in performance, how they can dance and what they can dance about.
Hosted by DanceEast and its performance company EncoreEast, the day will focus on the voice and experiences of the older dancer. It will feature guest speaker, Betsy Gregory, a wide range of workshops, and invited performance companies (listed below) who will share their work at the end of the day.
DWJones Dance Company
Mary Davies Duet
DanceEast Associate Artist, Joseph Toonga
Introduction to Hip Hop: This workshop will give you an introduction in Joseph’s practice and style of working, including hip hop styles such as popping, and how this links with contemporary movements. You will have the opportunity to learn a short movement phrase as well as explore free styling.
This workshop will be an introduction into the way of working with movement, the voice and bringing in comedic elements. The workshop will include improvisations tasks exploring physicalties and qualities with sound using the face and voice.
DanceEast Core Tutor Mary Davies
Contemporary/Creative Workshop: Finding transitions and flow, with beginnings and endings while enriching movement with imagery and life experience. This workshop includes an improvisation warm-up task, set movement and pair work.
A classical ballet class: A fun and inspiring ballet class, exploring the artistry and musicality of classical ballet technique delivered by Kate Hartley.
Chair: Margaret Williamson – EncoreEast dancer
Laura McGill – Mosaic Group Leader and practitioner working in the Eastern Region
Jackie Richards – Damn Fine Dance Company representative
Schedule of the day* (Please note this may be subject to change)
10.45 – 11am – Arrive and sign in
11.00 – 11.45 – Workshops
12.00 – 12.45 – Lunch
12.45 – 1.45 – Welcome talk and provocation from guest speaker Betsy Gregory (including small discussions)
2.00 – 2.45 – Workshops
Workshops 3.00 – 3.45 – Workshops
Workshops 4.00 – 4.45 – Panel Discussion
5.00 – 5.30 – Tea and Coffee served
5.30 – 6.30 – Performance
*Participants will take part in all three workshops
Playlist of Films playing throughout the day
Counterpoint Dance Company
1. Women on the Edge
2. Portraits by the Thames
3. Journeys of Internal Migrations
1. Dance Clips including ‘Not Just Black and White’ and ‘A Chair Improvisation’
1. Inappropriate Behaviour
2. Utterly (In)appropriate
3. Does the Dancing Have to Stop?
Damn Fine Dance Company
1. It’s Only Ever Now
1. ‘Been There’ Adian Coker official music video
If you have any questions about the day, please contact Chrissie Moore firstname.lastname@example.org.