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Katie Duck Workshop

Start date: March 16, 2019

End date: March 17, 2019

Tickets: Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Dance

Cost: £60 (£30 deposit to secure your place) - to book, email Rob - robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Described recently as The Godmother of Improvisation, Katie Duck has influenced and inspired generations of dancers through her performing and teaching. This will be a great opportunity to work with her over two days on a rare visit to the UK... Book your places now!!

A creation process towards real time performance
For Dancers / /Actors/ Performance artists

“Tell the brain to tell the mind to shut up — body obey me”

I guide performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices both for the performer and for the live public, alongside lecture materials from my research The developmental Brain - “Why we learn to walk”.

“There is a difference between seeing, looking and watching and a difference between hearing and listening. An artist can choose if they wish for a public to watch or to see — to hear or to listen.
I choose for the public to see and listen, and do my best to gather a crowd in that quest. It doesn’t always work and it is never 100% of the public. But because I choose it, who I am as an artist is clarified.

Are you interested in a public watching or looking at your body? Or do you want the public to be reminded that they have a body?”

I have invented games to encourage a “tight to loose” process integrating emotions, feelings and intuition. This work extends towards improvisation sessions with set time frames, fictional front with the option to choose pause, flow or exit. Each of these choices have an in depth study for how to place real time composition in a performance platform.

The aim and objective of my workshops is to ask artists to question and articulate within their practice “what is your relationship to public”?

I place “body” as the glue for integrating writing, music and object.

"Katie Duck is the Zorba the Greek of improvisation: earthy, feeling every mode of sensuality, preposterous, irresistible, polymorphously perverse. Watching her dance is like watching her body think. She is responsive to every situation and obviously enjoys getting into trouble." Dance Magazine

Katie Duck Bio

I am a director/performer/teacher who has been working professionally since 1976. I take a microscopic study for the role improvisation plays in real time composition integrating music, movement, object and writing. Improvisation, in my performances, is not the antithesis of choreography or composition; it is how I make my art work out of practice both in the studio setting and the newness of real time improvised performance. My performances are about the experience of being there, you are participating in the event and thus, in a sense, the work”. My practice is a reflection of what I believe art in the theatre can only be; live.

http://katieduck.com/about-katie-duck/bio/

"Duck’s sturdy purposefulness makes even her most arbitrary actions seem part of a life-and-death odyssey" Judith Mackrell

Edge for Action // Tuning Scores with Karen Nelson

Start date: April 5, 2019

End date: April 7, 2019

Tickets: £90 Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Dance

5th-7th April 2019 11am-6pm £90 (£45 deposit to secure place)- to book, email Rob - robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Tuning Scores (originated by Lisa Nelson) is a dance practice that unveils sense desires as motivators; movement as collateral choreography; time as music and rhythm; space as palette and environment.

Tuning promotes collaboration between individuals willing to engage, play, and occupy shared space. A collaborative communication process, Tuning proposes ensemble creation where each participant embodies their unique responsibility for action/non-action. Friction between consorting images provides feedback for the groups’ collective learning, discovering, inventing. Relying on our life-long underlying movement skills— like CI experience or expressions such as singing, spoken word, object puppeteering, space design— we will use our resources to serve and tune the images revealed as we improvise.

Class will include rigorous sensory warm-ups, physicalizing thru CI, and playing with a cluster of scores to grow edges.

Karen Nelson continues to be a cornerstone of dance improvisation in the US’ Pacific Northwest and abroad. A long-time mutator of the form Contact Improvisation (CI), she co-founded mixed-ability experiments Dance Ability and Diverse Dance Research Retreat while later joining Lisa Nelson/ Image Lab’s developing of Tuning Scores for performance. She explores dance history and currency that centers intersections of practitioner experience and interrogates whiteness within her own embodiment and larger community, often collaborating with artists around the world. Her teaching approach brings classic origins of CI and Tuning through exercises, images, practice and discussion along with a view towards engendering individual possession and evolution of the forms through one’s own experience.

www.explomov.weebly.com

 

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

Dance

 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.

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

Dance

 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.

Dance: An Expanding Field

with Sara Carter

Date: October 20, 2018

Time: 11am-6pm

Tickets: £30 - £15 deposit to secure place

Dance

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

 

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)

Dance

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

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

Dance

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

 

Moving Bodies | Empty Spaces

Exploring Freedom - Dance Improvisation Workshop with Kirstie Simson

Start date: July 2, 2018

End date: July 4, 2018

Tickets: £90 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Dance

2nd-4th July Cost £90
To book and for more information, please contact Rob Hopper at robdothopper@aol.co.uk

This is a great opportunity to engage with Kirstie Simson and her passionate interest in the liberating experience of dance, improvisation and the exploration of freedom. Imagine what our relationship would be to dancing if we had no prior notion about what the moving body should look or feel like. Participants work beyond culturally conditioned expectations and other limitations. They will celebrate movement using practices that Kirstie has developed over thirty-five years of teaching dance improvisation.

KIRSTIE SIMSON (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called "a force of nature" by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance" according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.

Wainsgate Dances – EXHALACIÓN/AIRE

Part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Date: July 1, 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £9

Dance

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.

Wainsgate Dances

Part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Date: June 21, 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £9

Dance

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.

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

Dance

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.

Movement workshop with Karen Nelson (USA)

Start date: March 13, 2018

End date: April 14, 2018

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Dance

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
Cost: £60

This is a brilliant opportunity to work with Karen Nelson from the USA. She has been involved in the development of contact improvisation and numerous movement improvisation practices since 1976... more details will follow on the workshop, but don't miss this rare chance to work with this inspirational teacher.

For more information please email Rob Hopper at robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Karen Nelson’s 40-year dance and performance practice has been directly influenced by Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Lisa Nelson, and their respective work in Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine and Tuning Scores, and through collaboration with many others in venues around the world.

As a dancer/choreographer, performer, teacher and organizer, she co-founded Joint Forces Dance Co, Breitenbush Jam, Dance Ability, Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and the performance group Image Lab, among other projects. Image Lab, including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, Lisa Nelson and Karen, intensively developed Tuning Scores for nearly a decade in the 1990s. They performed "observatories" in the US, Europe and Asia, spawning other Tuning projects that continue to this day.

Karen was an annual guest teacher for many years at the Schools for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Arnhem, The Netherlands, and made numerous visits to Bates Dance Festival, Seattle Festival of Improvisation, Movement Research, Moving’s View, Acapella Motion and other festivals and schools in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

Her current studies with various others include Russell Delman’s Embodied Life ™ fusing meditation, Feldenkrais ™ Awareness Through Movement and Embodied Dialogue/Focusing. She first graduated from the Embodied Life School in 2014 and teaches this work both stand alone, and happily entwined with dancing in retreats, workshops and on-going classes.

She has received awards for choreography and research from National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, National Performance Network, Wild Woods Foundation, Vashon Allied Arts, On the Boards NW New Works and private supporters.

North Star: tuning the inner compass for movers and dancers

Workshop with Thomas Goodwin

Date: March 10, 2018

Time: 10:00-18:00

Tickets: £25 thomasgoodwin1981@hotmail.com

Dance

Saturday 10 March  10:00-18:00 Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
Cost: £25
When we are inspired by moving and dancing, we might look for deepening clarity in that pursuit, as a vocation, profession or calling:

How do we use the inner compass to identify what we find truly satisfying in dance without it holding us back from life itself? This workshop aims to navigate towards the livelihood we truly want through physical exercises, discussion and reflection.
 
Workshop facilitator Thomas Goodwin teaches movement, contemporary dance and floor work. He has assisted and facilitated community dance projects with Protein Dance and Rosemary Lee Projects, rehearsal directed for companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, and sometimes performs. He has an ongoing practice of embodiment, meditation, nature connection, straight-talking and diving into the heart of the matter.

For more information, please see: www.northstarworkshop. wordpress.com

For booking email thomasgoodwin1981@hotmail.com