PROGRAMME – WEEK ONE

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE LED BY KIM NOBLE 

Mon 4 – Thur 7 Sept | 10am-11.45am

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Kim Noble trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating in 2008. Since graduating she has performed for different projects and companies such as Fluer Darkin and Tom Sapsford, Nigel Charnock and Jo Fong with Welsh Independent Dance, Tanja Raman and Dbini Industries, Paul Gazzola with International Dance Festival Birmingham, Marc Brew with Velcro Dance, Vex Dance Theatre, Swerve Dance Theatre, Curious Company, Nana Collective and Sean Tuan John.

She also co-directs, choreographs and performs in Kitsch & Sync Collective as well as choreographing and performing in independent projects such as ‘Liminality’ 360 international dance dome project.

Kim teaches a relaxed and fun class, with the focus being on finding flow and release through movement. With a combination of some technical exercises, released movement, dynamic phrases and good music the emphasis is to find enjoyment and a sense of freedom through the body.

 

HIP HOP/STREET LED BY LIARA BARUSSI

Mon 4 Sept | 12pm-4pm

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Liara Barussi is the founder and Artistic Director of Jukebox Collective, a creative company focused on the delivery of the highest quality street dance education, performance and consultancy. Jukebox is recognised as a leading company for street dance in the UK.

Liara has been involved in dance for over 20 years, with extensive experience of choreographing and mentoring young dancers. Highlights of her career include creating the Jukebox Juniors, an under 16s dance crew who enjoyed considerable TV fame and mentoring and judging on the BBC Young Dancer Award. Jukebox still has a particular emphasis on the training and professional development of young people, as well as producing high class work for stage and screen.

Jukebox still has a particular emphasis on the training and professional development of young people, as well as producing high class work for stage and screen.

Liara’s workshop will focus on learning Hip Hop vocabulary and exploring how you can use this style to extend your own movement language. 

KITSCH N SYNC REPERTORY LED BY KIM NOBLE

Tues 5 Sept | 12pm-4pm 

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Pioneers of all things retro, vintage and wonderful, Kitsch & Sync Collective is fast building a reputation for itself as one of Wales’ most exciting, original and eclectic companies. Immediately recognisable by their innovative brand of cabaret-inspired dance theatre, the company was set up in 2011 by Wales-based performance artists Kylie Ann Smith, Rosalind Haf Brooks and Kim Noble, and has become a popular feature on Wales’ stage and festival circuit ever since.

Always on the look-out for performers to join the collective, this workshop, led by Kim Noble, will give you a taste of this eccentric company’s repertoire and opportunity for you to try out for future work opportunities. No pressure though, this is will a fun and energetic afternoon set to toe tapping electro swing beats.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP LED BY HUGH STANIER

Wed 6 Sept | 12pm-4pm

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Hugh is a freelance dance artist specialising in Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance. He trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has worked as a performer and teacher for over 10 years. Throughout the past few years he has been training in different movement disciplines- from Contact Improvisation and Yoga, to Circus and Tai Chi – to gain a deeper understanding of the body and the power of moving with presence and awareness. He teaches with a variety of different approaches to all ages and abilities, with a focus on creating an inclusive and open environment in which participants can feel free and able to discover new ways of moving.  A space of ‘serious play time’!

The focus of the workshop will be on accessing and exploring our individual movement patterns, progressing on to simple exercises to come into contact. Working with imagery to discover freedom in motion. Exploring the ‘Animal Spine’, spiral pathways and building momentum. Exercises will alternate between contact and solo work to connect both to oneself and to the group as a whole. Emphasis will move on to improvised duets where we learn some pathways and techniques to enter and leave a dance. This is a space to move with the joy, freedom and connection we can experience in Movement with others.

WAYS OF BEING TOGETHER LED BY JO FONG

Thur 7 Sept | 12pm-4pm & Friday 8 Sept | 10am-4pm

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Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, opera, theatre and the visual arts.

Jo has toured her work throughout the UK and International festivals, her celebrated An Invitation… was selected for both British Council Edinburgh Showcase and British Dance Edition. Recent presentations include Hull’s Year of Culture and Xintiandi Festival Shanghai. These performances are part of a series of works and ongoing research towards a new work for Cardiff Dance Festival Nov 2017 called Ways of Being Together.

Jo is based in Cardiff and is currently a Peilot Associate Artist with Chapter Arts Centre and Research Associate with South East Dance.

We will walk, we will talk, we will listen, breath, see, observe… Dance has a special place in this face to face, touch, respond – hearing ourselves, each other, being seen, the value of our bodies, movement, presence, proximity, growing a physical sensitivity and our own physical power. Jo is interested in spontaneity, arriving with ourselves and authentic encounters. The interaction is live and people adapt, make room, save, lead, follow, get out of the way, care, grow an energy, grow an awareness, whether that be spacial, a shared joke or about the knowledge of what each human carries with them.

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