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Theo Clinkard & Leah Marojevic

Two-day Workshop

Start date: November 24, 2018

End date: November 25, 2018

Time: 11am-5pm

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

 Cost: £60 – to book, email Rob – robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Following many years working as close collaborators, Theo Clinkard and Leah Marojevic are currently conceiving a series of duet scores to perform together in galleries, museums and other non-theatre spaces.

Whilst they are in Hebden Bridge developing the new work at Wainsgate Chapel, they will to use the weekend to open up their practice and share their working methods and thinking with other movers.

Together they will be creating a warm and focused space for participants to engage in imaginative and sensory enquiry and collect together as a group.

Each day will begin with a class that aims to bring attention to the perceptive experience of the space, each other and themselves before inviting participants to discuss and embody some of the ideas that are a central to their work together, including scores they are developing for the new duets.

Leah Marojevic
Leah originally from the UK, spent three months with Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in Melbourne, Australia 2013.
Leah was the recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts, ArtStart Grant in 2015 and received the Orloff Family Trust award for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ in 2013.
Leah is a contemporary dance artist who performs, makes performance, writes, teaches, directs and artistically supports other dance makers.
Leah collaborates regularly with Theo Clinkard and Colette Sadler, and has worked with choreographers, visual artists and companies; Sarah Browne, Mirjam Gurtner, Candoco Dance Company, Clod Ensemble, Seke Chimutengwende, and Becky Hilton among others.

Theo Clinkard
Choreographer, dancer and designer, Theo Clinkard spent 20 years as a performer before launching his own company in 2012.
He has swiftly built an international reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance.
His works span small to large scale theatres as well as non theatre settings with company pieces include Hell Bent, Ordinary Courage, Of Land & Tongue, Chalk and This Bright Field. Clinkard’s commissioned works include Somewhat still, when seen from above for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and The Listening Room for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.
Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4 and an Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University. He is currently conceiving 3 new company works and planning his commission for Candoco Dance Company.

Wainsgate Winter Bazaar

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 11-5

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Wainsgate Winter Bazaar welcomes you to their third seasonal event at Wainsgate Chapel on Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 11.00am to 5.00pm. Come along for live music, licensed bar, tea/cakes and fabulous ideas for Christmas gifts from exhibitors Hammered & Wired, Rob Hopper, London Stone Studio, David Anthony Jarrett, Linda Spiteri, Susy Nicholson, Elgar Shirts, Majdi’s Handcrafted Palestinian Gifts and and The Egg Factory. Keep a look out on our social media for features on all of the exhibitors in the run up to the event. Hope to see you there!

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Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker

WE'RE SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Date: October 28, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

Concert postponed

Joe Richards

Classical percussion recital

Date: September 30, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

Recital of contemporary pieces for solo marimba “A superb performance from an amazing young musician” Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2011Andrew Thomas:      Merlin 

Joseph Schwanter: Velocities
Paul Lansky: Three Moves for Marimba
Steven Mackey: See Ya Thursday
David Lang: String Of Pearls
Philippe Hurel:   Loops IV

 Joe has performed all over the UK and abroad in a huge array of musical contexts; ranging from work as a contemporary solo artist, to that of an orchestral, chamber and West End musician. He has appeared with numerous ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, frequently featuring on national radio and television.

To the End of War

PiCanta, Bradford Women Singers, Zarebi, Secret Singers and more

Date: October 7, 2018

Time: 2pm-6pm

Tickets: Free, donations welcomed

A weekend of concerts, workshops and impromptu performances given by choirs and vocal ensembles, loosely themed on peace, love and understanding: 100 years on from the end of the 1st World War. (PLEASE NOTE: Saturday’s events are at The Birchcliffe Centre, Sunday’s at Wainsgate Chapel)

 

Dance: An Expanding Field

with Sara Carter

Date: October 20, 2018

Time: 11am-6pm

Tickets: £30 - £15 deposit to secure place

Cost: £30- £15 deposit to secure your place
Contact Sara Carter :07446375171 or spiraldancer8@gmail.com

Journeys into the landscape of body and imagination!

This workshop will explore different resources within the body and space for generating movement and material while at times using voice, touch and spoken word.

This is for anyone interested in improvising and engaging in various creative processes that explore communication and conversations beyond the verbal but at times inclusive of it.

We will explore and develop our sense-ability skills, receiving information, noticing and responding- giving attention to detail in order to open and expand the ways we perceive things- delving into the ideas of ‘seeing’ beyond sight, ‘listening’ beyond the auditory and being open to what is ‘moving us’.

Sara is inspired by creating the conditions and space that helps to liberate us in the dance experience and in our body-embracing what is present as being enough.

About Sara…
Sara’s professional dance journey started out when she graduated with a BA (Hons) Dance 15 years ago.She has performed at -Yorkshire Dance Center, Bretton Hall Sculpture park, The Roundhouse-London, Contact Theater & The Green Room-Manchester, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Forgotten Land- India. Other projects have included Festivals, Churches, Cathedrals, Moor lands, Cliffs and Mills. She teaches in different contexts such as schools, the community, health and well being settings . Her dance life as it was got interrupted for several years when her health took a turn for the worse and she found herself dealing with paralysis, being disabled and in a lot of pain. This lead her on a path of recovery, redirecting her life, resulting in her engaging and training in integrated therapies and other worldly dance and healing traditions and practices. She then completed her Masters of the Arts: Dance and Somatic Well- Being -connections to the living body. All of this contributed to reinventing herself as a dancer and culminates in the multi- disciplined, multi-faceted practices and approaches which she teachers in now.
saracarterdance.co.uk

 

Ongoing Dialogues

Movement Workshop with Charlie Morrissey and Scott Smith

Start date: October 27, 2018

End date: October 28, 2018

Time: 11am-6pm

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

 Cost: £60 – to book, email Rob – robdothopper@aol.co.uk

This workshop explores solos and duets and is informed by Charlie and Scott’s own movement investigations.

Their approach is influenced by their shared experience of working with contact improvisation, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, and Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores.

The workshop will employ skeletal imaging and movement, with particular attention given to the pelvis as root, and the spine as a limb, for integrating spherically and dimensionally into space.

Anatomical explorations with their root in Material for the Spine will be re-imagined and explored in relation to working with another body/bodies and space.

The work will range from detailed anatomical explorations through to full-bodied movement in space, in solo, duet and group explorations.

Charlie Morrissey is a director/choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher, who has been working in the field of performance for 30 years.
He creates large and small-scale site-specific and theatre and gallery based performance work in diverse contexts and locations; he organises and collaborates in a variety of performance research projects; and performs and collaborates in the work of other performance makers.
His work is influenced by ongoing working relationships with Steve Paxton, Siobhan Davies, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Scott Smith, Katye Coe, K.J.Holmes, Katie Duck and others.
Teaching is central to his practice and his classes are laboratories for exploration and discovery. He teaches for dance and theatre companies, institutions, festivals and independent organisations internationally.
Recent and upcoming projects include performances of Materials rearranged to be with Siobhan Davies Dance; What Happens When – a commission from Joint Adventures with Andrea Buckley, Orlando Gough and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich; a new group work currently in creation: If this is it, then what are we going to do with it with Ben Ash, Neil Callaghan, Katye Coe, Tom Goodwin and Susanna Recchia; performances of a solo directed by Colin Poole, and performing in Quarantine’s Wallflower this Autumn.
charliemorrissey.com

Scott Smith started his dance studies in 1977. Originally from the American mid-west he has lived and worked in New York and Seattle., and is currently living in the United Kingdom.
He teaches dance, makes performance, composes music for live performance and film/video.
Scott studied and performed for several years, with Steve Paxton via contact improvisation and material for the spine, and was a founding member of ‘Image Lab’ with Lisa Nelson, KJ Holmes and Karen Nelson, developing ‘tuning scores’, researching the realm of the senses and perception as foundational to form and composition.
His initial training’s and professional performance experience included modern and classical dance forms, and he has worked for dance companies in Kansas City, New York, Berlin, and London.
Since the early 90’s, Scott has been focusing his practice in new dance and improvisational work, and maintains ongoing collaborations and performance/video making with Lisa Nelson, Charlie Morrissey, Becky Edmunds and others.
He plays American folk and roots music in the band Porchlight Smoker.

Ensemble Improvisation Workshop

with Seke Chimutengwende

Start date: September 22, 2018

End date: September 23, 2018

Time: 11am - 6pm daily

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk (£30 deposit to secure place)

This workshop is for anybody interested in improvising with others using movement and text.

We will work alone, in pairs and as a group, practicing moving and using our voices together.

We will explore different ways of generating material and relating that material to others, developing skills of listening, noticing and responding in performance.

Seke brings all his experience and humour as performer into this workshop. His teaching facilitates ease and confidence in performing and a joyful approach to improvising together.
 
More about Seke…
Seke Chimutengwende works in dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Lost Dog and Fabulous Beast and in gallery based works by Trisha Brown and Tino Sehgal as well as with numerous independent choreographers.

For his own company Seke Chimutengwende & Friends he has choreographed four works including The Time Travel Piece for The Place Prize 2012 and King Arthur, which premiered at The Yard Theatre in London, 2015. Seke’s current choreographic project, Black Holes, a duet made in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley exploring Afrofuturism, will premiere in spring 2018.

Since 2006, Seke has performed over 60 improvised solos internationally and has performed ensemble improvisation with Neat Timothy since 2009. Seke is currently a guest lecturer in improvisation at London Contemporary Dance School, The Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths University.
http://www.sekechimutengwende.com/home/4588638705

ACCESO STRING QUARTET

Date: September 16, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

Haydn: Quartet Op 33 no 2
Shostakovich: Quartet no 8

Interval

Dvorak:  ‘American‘ Quartet

Alexandra Stemp- First Violin
Alex studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with David Takeno and John Glickman. After freelancing with several major UK orchestras she took a first Violin post in the Halle for eight years. She now freelances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle and Northern Chamber orchestra, takes part in recording sessions in Manchester and teaches from home in East Lancashire.

Susan Voss – Second Violin
Sue studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, and then continued her studies for many years with Howard Davis of the Alberni Quartet. She spent 2 years in the Sadlers’ Wells Royal Ballet orchestra in the first violins followed by five years in the BBC Radio Orchestra in London. Then followed nine years in the firsts of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales followed by five years as principal Second of the English String/Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to the Halifax she has freelanced – mostly with the Halle, but also with the RLPO, Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic.

Jayne Coyle – Viola
Jayne studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Vicci Wardman. Based in Manchester she freelances with the Halle, RLPO, Opera North and Manchester Camerata. She also manages and plays in The Solo Players String Quartet – a group of musicians providing live music for commercial and corporate events.

Esther Harriot- Cello
Esther studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Moray Welsh, Marius May and Antonio Lysy. She was a member of the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and now performs regularly with orchestras in the north of England including the Halle and the RLPO. Her orchestral career has been augmented by numerous chamber ensembles, including a tango band!

Exploring Flying Low and Passing Through techniques

2-Day Workshop with Ben McEwen

Start date: August 25, 2018

End date: August 26, 2018

Time: 11am - 6pm daily

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

In the mornings we’ll look at some principles of floorwork, through the material of Flying Low. FL is a technique initiated by David Zambrano that uses simple movement patterns and principles (such as spiralling and alternating between expansion and cohesion) to dance our whole selves in, out and along the floor with safety, speed, efficiency… and pleasure! We’ll take a detailed look at the movements, breaking them down to allow everyone to find a way though the material that works for them, before putting it all back together for some full-bodied dancing!

Continuing the thread from the morning, afternoons will be group improvisation, influenced by David Zambrano’s Passing Through structure. We’ll rigorously and playfully look at how to place our pathways, phrases and movements in relation to others’ in space. Starting from walking and running patterns, with tools for opening our attention and sharpening our decision making. We’ll then bring this work into our dancing, with the overarching attitude that generating movement is not the end point of improvisation, but rather dancing that is relevant to the situation and communicative to all participants and audience.

For the floorwork I highly recommend long trousers (within reason!) and covered shoulders.
Any question please do ask! robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Ben graduated from TrinityLaban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S., where he had his first opportunity to study with David Zambrano, the initiator of Flying Low. Now he regularly works as a performer and researcher for, among others; Charlotte Spencer Projects, Vera Tussing and Francesco Scavetta/Wee, alongside teaching at conservatoires, universities and professional classes throughout Europe. He also practices Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast and enjoys wandering amongst mountains and barefoot running.

Cost: £60
To book, email Rob at robdothopper@aol.co.uk

 

Andy Greaves: vocals, mandolin, guitar
Les Gillon: guitar
Jen Rhiannon Trott: iddle, vocals

Ghost School is a new musical ensemble based largely around the original songs of Calderdale musician Andy Greaves (vocals, mandolin and guitar), a heavy dose of traditional material and, here and there, some very odd poetry. The band features urbane master of the guitar Les (Fez) Gillon and the talented Jen Rhiannon Trott (fiddle and vocals). Expect strong melodies, mystery and mayhem with subjects ranging from murderous cheese thievery in early nineteenth century Cheshire, a heartfelt eulogy to a globe artichoke and the exploits of a cunning, grimly humorous owl. 

Hebden Bridge Open Studios

Start date: July 6, 2018

End date: July 8, 2018

A Death and Life Walk

Walking meditation with residents past and present

Start date: July 6, 2018

End date: July 8, 2018

Time: 2pm and 4pm daily

Gather

Date: July 1, 2018

Time: 1pm to 6pm

Tickets: Wainsgate Chapel

Helen Thatcher & Neil Darwent

Cello & Guitar Recital

Date: June 3, 2018

Time: 3-5pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

 

Helen Thatcher: cello Neil Darwent: guitar

‘velvety tone she achieves in the frequent moments when the cello soars from the texture.’ Catherine Nelson, The Strad

Programme:
Burgmueller: 3 Nocturnes
Gnattali: Sonata
Zenamon: Reflexoes no 6
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 5

Interval

Paganini: 3 Sonatas
Piazzolla: Cafe 1930, Oblivion and Libertango
Nin: Suite Espagnole
Granados: Danzas Espanolas No.5: Andaluza

Original and transcribed music for guitar and cello. This is an eclectic mix of music that will transport the listener to different regions of the world – especially to Spain and to Latin America.

Music by Burgmüller and Piazzolla, plus contemporary works by Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali and Bolivian composer Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon

Experienced chamber musicians, Helen Thatcher and Neil Darwent, have now set about exploring the musical possibilities for combining cello and guitar.

Helen, founding member of the renowned Sorrel Quartet and the Erringden Ensemble, has toured the world, made numerous CDs and broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3. The recordings of the complete Britten and Shostakovich Quartets have received wide-spread critical acclaim. Helen has performed at all the major chamber music venues: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Brandon Hill Bristol, Snape Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, St John’s Smith Square, Edinburgh Festival. In demand as principal cello, she has played in Opera North, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and BBC Philharmonic.

Neil Darwent teaches at Huddersfield University and Rishworth School. His knowledge of guitar chamber music is extensive. He enjoys playing with the Pennine Chamber Ensemble as well as performing solo recitals in intimate settings. Neil is passionate about his teaching hence his involvement with music services in Oldham, Calderdale, Kirklees and Barnsley.

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You are Wolf

Kerry Andrew

Date: June 9, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

Kerry Andrew: voice, keyboard, ukulele, synthesiser and loop station.

Alternative folk artist performing a collection of original songs and bold arrangements of traditional ones.

‘A hydrosonic revelation… full of surreality, wit and melodies melting on the water…totally compelling and totally immersive’ – BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction

“English avant-folk at its finest” – The Guardian 

“Her voice is a thing of beauty and clarity… [she is] reconfiguring British folk as a music not only of the past, but of the present and future” – Prog

Feldenkrais in to Dancing

A workshop with Caroline Scott

Date: May 19, 2018

Time: 13.00-14:30

Tickets: £25 before 12/5/18, then £35

Earlybird £25 before 12th May £35 thereafter.
To book or find out more contact Caroline on: 07963239816 or email: feldenkraisyorkshire@gmail.com

We will begin the workshop with a Feldenkrais® lesson giving you time & space to dive into your felt sensation, noticing your tendencies as well as exploring some new possibilities.

These explorations will tap into your innate ability to learn from the inside out, just as you did when you were an infant. This will then lead into structured improvisations using playful curiosity & attention to feed into your dancing.

How can you refine your ability to sense yourself on the ‘inside’ whilst being fully present in the performance space?

There will be opportunities to dance alone and with others, and moments of hands-on interaction. Just bring your curious dancing self.

Suitable for all levels and abilities.

Please email/phone if you have any questions. You will need to wear comfy clothes to move in, no jeans or belts and please bring a mat or blanket to lie on for extra comfort. You do not need to be a dancer to attend.

The Retrosettes

Date: April 29, 2018

Time: 3-5pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)

Helen Bytheway: Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Bytheway: Guitar, Vocals

Influenced heavily by contemporary folk, 50s rock n roll and especially pop and soul music from the 60s, Manchester-based quintet The Retrosettes are the quintessential “big in Europe” band – for example touring Germany with Simply Red and playing to huge crowds there. They went back on tour around Europe in March 2017 and released their debut album ‘1, 2, Yes, Go!’ which was album of the week on several major radio stations in Germany.  

For their Wainsgate gig, lead singers Paul and Helen Bytheway will appear as an acoustic duo performing intimate versions of their album tracks, some quirky covers and some exclusive new songs never performed by the full band. Their laid-back, feel-good vibes and their individual style captures and entrances their audiences, especially in live concerts.

The Retrosettes inject contemporary music with a retro flavour and revive the past within a modern landscape. Their music has been described as combining modernity and vintage in a cool, elegant mix of sounds from 1960s Pop, Northern Soul and Disco. It seamlessly echoes the era of The Beatles but nonetheless blends perfectly into the present day.  

July 1st, 7.30pm, £9

On sale from 4th May from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and from Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Philip Jeck and Kirstie Simson in performance.

An evening of Improvisational Sound and Dance with two celebrated performers.

Philip Jeck is a multi-media composer whose work is “is hugely, billowingly poignant…” (The Wire) “Jeck really does play his turntables as if they were musical instruments in their own right” (The Guardian) “Kirstie Simson is celebrated for exquisite, sensuous dancing that seems to come from some simple force of nature” (New York Times).

Three performances by inspiring dancers who test and play with what dance can do – part of an exciting programme of dance being developed at Wainsgate Chapel:
Slanting, semi-cascade reflects on the female body and being seen.
Water Walk (by John Cage) involves a large number of objects including a bath, a rubber duck and a pressure cooker; and Alternatives to Survival is a performance that’s like opening a sketchbook.

21st June, 7.30pm, £9

An evening of performances with Hannah Buckley, Christopher Owen and Anushiye Yarnell

On sale from 4th May from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and from Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Three performances by inspiring dancers who test and play with what dance can do – part of an exciting programme of dance being developed at Wainsgate Chapel:
Slanting, semi-cascade reflects on the female body and being seen.
Water Walk (by John Cage) involves a large number of objects including a bath, a rubber duck and a pressure cooker; and Alternatives to Survival is a performance that’s like opening a sketchbook.