Dancer Development Intensives - ARCHIVE
Diana Loosmore February 2017
Dance House Glasgow were delighted to announce this five day intensive training and development week to Scottish based dancers, in particular those who had recently graduated. Selected dancers had the opportunity to work with the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Diana Loosmore. The 5 day dancer intensive started with a technique class with a focus on individual needs, challenging and developing technique and, as each day unfolded, the session then lead to developing individual movement vocabulary, experimenting through creativity and improvisation with the focus towards creating short choreographic sentences. The week culminated in an informal sharing and discussion.
Photo Credit: Ian MacNicol
Diana’s performing career spans over 20 years working with Scottish Ballet under Ashley Page & Christopher Hampson, Diana has also performed with UK artists and companies Richard Alston, Siobhan Davis, Jeremy James, Mark Bruce, Joanne Fong and Raphael Bonachela. Diana’s choreographic career developed within Scottish Ballet creating works for the company where she won the Peter Darrell Award for ‘Chasing Ghosts’. Diana has since gone on to choreograph for Y Dance, High Heart Dance Company and for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students where she is currently a Lecturer for the BA Modern Ballet.
White & Givan December 2016
Dance House Glasgow were delighted to announce this five day intensive training and development week to Scottish based dancers, including recent graduates. Selected dancers had the opportunity to work with acclaimed choreographers Errol White and Davina Givan, honing and challenging technique and engaging with their creative process. Each day commenced with rigorous morning class followed by a focus on choreographic process by working with repertory based solos, duets & group work, gaining an in-depth understanding of the Company’s work. The week culminated in an informal sharing and discussion.
White & Givan – www.whiteandgivan.com
White & Givan are the only contemporary dance duo of Scotland currently undertaking a two-year residency at the University of Edinburgh and are associate artists at the Traverse Theatre.
Errol White and Davina Givan have worked together for over a quarter of a century, creating performances of the highest quality including critically acclaimed Three Works (2009), IAM (2012) and most recently in Breathe (2016).
Errol trained at Northern Contemporary Dance School and has since performed with some of the UK’s best known companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Random Dance Company and National Dance Company of Wales. As a teaching artist Errol has over 20 years’ experience, including five years as Rehearsal Director with Scottish Dance Theatre and guest lecturer at dance colleges across the UK. Similarly Davina also trained at Northern Contemporary Dance School and has worked with Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre and as the Creative Director of National Youth Dance Wales 2009-2013.
Janis Claxton May 2015
RETURN TO THE BODY: the primacy of movement as creative resource for dance artists
A 5 day intensive for professional dancers (including recent graduates)
MOVING - with technical skills to enhance power, ease, integration and precision.
MOVING - with fundamental principles of improvisation to expand possibilities.
MOVING - in contact with a partner to challenge physicality and source new material.
MOVING - to create from our whole selves as dynamic articulate performing artists.
'As dance artists our bodies are our primary creative resource and can be potent starting points for the making of dance and movement based performance work. By delving deeper into the vast creative resource of the body, we will source not only movement and sensation, but also meaning and metaphor from the resource of our bodies – keeper of mysteries, memories and magical mobile moments!' Janis Claxton
Scottish based choreographer Janis Claxton has 30 years of experience working internationally. A prolific teacher she has taught in a multitude of settings including in leading conservatoires in the UK, Holland and China. Well known for her inspiring and dynamic teaching and her ability to combine highly technical dance training with pleasure and fun, her major influences include Contact Improvisation, Martial Arts, Alexander Technique, and the Modern Dance principles of Erick Hawkins with whom she worked in NYC.
Stephen Pelton Oct 2014
Choreographer Stephen Pelton presents his work-in-progress, Lauda Adrianna, set to composer Gavin Bryars’ contemporary re-settings of 14th century Italian songs called laude. These songs were religious in nature, but not liturgical; sung only outside of the church its self. Considering these songs, which in Bryars’ versions hover somewhere between early and contemporary music, Lauda Adrianna asks what it is that devotional music offers a contemporary, non-religious listener. How does it comfort and inspire us outside the context of any religious practice when facing the mysteries of faith, life and death?
Pelton’s work has been described as "choreography that fits his dancers like second skins. He is a storyteller in the manner of poets who suggest, evoke and analogize - but don’t spell out. The results are dances that resonate like a Zen bell.”
The creation of Lauda Adrianna has been supported by Dance Base/Edinburgh, The Shed/Evanton, Dance House/Glasgow and City Moves/Aberdeen.
Created by Stephen Pelton from movement devised by the performers. Performed by Freya Jeffs, Nick Keegan, Lennie, Tess Letham & Joanne Pirrie. Music by Gavin Bryars, Laude Cortonese
Ian Spink 2013
Dancers explored various aspects of Ian’s methodology using a mixture of structured improvisation, research and task based activities to create a body of short movement episodes. Ian worked with reference to a selection of short music works recorded by the Kronos Quartet (Early Music - Nonesuch Records 1997).
Ian Spink is a Glasgow based independent choreographer and director. He was a founder director with London based Second Stride (1982-96) and helped to move the company’s work into multi-form performance and high-level workshop activities. His other work has included directing and choreographing with companies including Royal National Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Joint Stock, Scottish Opera, Rambert Dance Company and Scottish Ballet. Ian is now a member of the Air Field Group which initiates creative performance workshops (fast+Dirty), artist residencies and site-specific projects around Scotland.
Kerry Nicholls 2012
Each day began with a fast-paced, energetic and athletically demanding technique class using the foundations of Limon and release based techniques. Then there was a rare chance to experience first-hand, Nicholls's physically testing movement language in workshops drawing from an eclectic bank of repertory leading the participants through a range of phrases from numerous works.
Enhancing performance skill and giving totality to the process, the findings were structured into a short piece and shared at the end of the week.
Kerry Nicholls has taught, choreographed, mentored and performed extensively for numerous dance companies and institutions throughout Europe and world wide, and her experience spans a diverse dance practice spectrum. Regularly teaching for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, DV8 and Michael Clark companies to name a few, she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary technique teachers. Currently, Kerry is an external assessor for both the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School, is a regular choreographic mentor for the Royal Opera House and Youth Dance England, and artistic advisor at The BRIT school. She is director of Kerry Nicholls Dance which launched in autumn 2012. For more information about Kerry Nicholls Dance, visit www.kerrynicholls.com
Janis Claxton 2012
This 6 day intensive for professional dancers focused on the primacy of moving with technical skills that enhance power, ease, integration, precision and musicality.
Scottish based choreographer Janis Claxton has 30 years of experience working internationally. A prolific teacher she has taught in a multitude of settings including in leading conservatoires in the UK, Holland and China. Well known for her inspiring and dynamic teaching and her ability to combine highly technical dance training with pleasure and fun, her major influences include Contact Improvisation, Martial Arts, Body-Percussion, Alexander Technique, and the Modern Dance principles of Erick Hawkins with whom she worked in NYC. For more information visit www.janisclaxton.com
Stephen Pelton 2011
In 2011, Dance House presented a Dancer Development Intensive with acclaimed choreographer, Stephen Pelton.
This week long residency with nine dancers culminated in a performance installation of “and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me” at St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Art and Life in Glasgow. Originally choreographed in 2008, the piece was inspired by the poem Prayer before Birth by Louis MacNeice and consisted of eleven variations on the original choreography.
Stephen Pelton is the artistic director of Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre created in 1992 in San Francisco and now based in London. The company’s work has been performed in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Paris, Berlin, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
For more information visit: www.stephenpeltondance.org