DanceFest 2016

University of Chester 11th-29th April

DanceFest 2016

Chester University Dance Department are delighted to present the DanceFest 2016 Programme. The month of April is filled to the brim with exciting dance performances, workshops and lectures. We are pleased to be presenting exciting performances from Sally Dean and Annie Lok as well as hosting workshops to gain further insights into their work. We have teamed up with Cheshire Dance to bring you the NOW Dance Platform which will showcase, professional, student and community dance work. There are also numerous opportunities to get involved with life in the department through open rehearsals and sharings of student work. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dance Staff

Chester University

Performances

Workshops

Lectures

Screenings

Full Programme of Events

Metaphors We Live By - Annie Lok

Wednesday, April 13th, 7pm

Kingsway

Tickets

£5 Students

£8 Public


Please contact n.oldfield@chester.ac.uk


"Triumphant, sad, beautiful, innocent"


Metaphors We Live By unites sound and dance in a powerful immersive live performance. A unique collaboration between dance artist Annie Pui Ling Lok and sound designer James Dunn (Cafe Oto, Resonance FM, NTS radio) they explore the idea of heightening the viewer’s sensory experience of the choreography by moving sound through the space.

Performed by Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot & Bettina Carpi.


Supported by DanceEast, Greenwich Dance and Arts Council England. Producer Iris Chan.

Research & Development funded by Arts Council England, commisioned by dancedigital and produced by Step Out Arts. Additional support by University of Bedfordshire, Siobhan Davies Dance and SanchoAyala.

Workshop with Annie Lok

Thursday, April 14th, 9am-12pm

Kingsway

Free to students £10 for dance artists.

Please contact n.oldfield@chester.ac.uk

A practical workshop looking at some of the collaborative and devising processes involved in the making of Metaphors We Live By. A combination of contact/partnering skills, movement phrases and improvisation tasks are used to nurture reflective and critical dialogue with our dancing and dance making in a rigorous, playful and experimental creative environment.

Annie Pui Ling Lok

Trained in dance and visual arts, Annie works as an independent choreographer, performer and teacher in the UK and abroad. She has worked for Matteo Fargion, Siobhan Davies Dance, Les Ballets C de la B and has been resident artist at Greenwich Dance since 2012. Annie has choreographed over 25 works with professional and non-professional performers; commissions include Beijing Dance Academy (China) Hogeschool Antwerpen (Belgium) CentroCentroCibeles (Madrid) South East Dance and The Place Dance4Camera (UK).

An Introduction to Integrated Dance with Uma O'Neill

Thursday, April 14th, 1-4pm

Kingsway

Free to students £10 for dance artists.

Please contact n.oldfield@chester.ac.uk

Uma O'Neill is a dance artist working in North Wales. She is the choreographer for WISP a young people's dance and disability group in Mold. Uma will lead a session that introduces the practice of inclusive dance.

Sensing and Creating Movement through Somatic Costume.  Workshops with Sally Dean 

Monday, April 18th, 9am to Tuesday, April 19th, 5pm

Kingsway

Chester

9-5 both days

Free to students

£10 per day for dance artists.


How do we create movement and performance starting with the body and the costume?

This workshop invites participates to wear 'somatic costumes' which act as 'portals of perception' - changing how we move, speak and perceive based on what we wear. The somatic costumes are designed to generate different sensorial experiences to bring awareness to our movement habits and invite us into new ways of moving, dancing, acting and being. In effect, the costumes will transform our daily-life 'characters', through playful movement & sound improvisations, entering a poetic landscape of creativity. This workshop offers a supportive environment for risk-taking and is open to people from all backgrounds and experiences.

Mornings will be a somatic movement based class working with costumes, leading to the afternoon’s focus on costume creation and performance making. Each class can be taken separately, however the sessions build on each other through the week making it more ideal to attend the whole series.

Screendance Evening

Tuesday, April 19th, 7pm

Kingsway

Chester

Free


An evening of student and professional Screendance work.

Something's in the Living Room - Sally Dean

Wednesday, April 20th, 2pm

Kingsway

Tickets

£5 student

£8 public

Please contact n.oldfield@chester.ac.uk

‘Something’s in the Living Room’, devised and performed by Sally E. Dean, is a darkly humorous one-woman physical theatre show with an elaborate bespoke costume that takes on a life of its own. Poetic, absurdist, surreal scenes traverse from loss, redemption, to the importance of zebras and vacuuming. Staged as fragmented memories, a woman searches in an empty room for all people and things forgotten. This journey takes us to the edges of human fragility, as the unstable world of daily life objects and rituals make you question – what do you want to do with your one, precious, life?


Dean is a compelling performer, able to work with her elaborate outfit to become something simultaneously outlandish and vulnerable.Reviewed by Sally Stott, Wow 24/7

Between Two Lands: Intercultural performance methods. Lecture with Angharad Harrop 

Thursday, April 21st, 6pm

Kingsway

Free

Chester University Dance Lecturer Angharad Harrop will present her research for PhD which explores the use of social and cultural dance in choreographic practice and performance. It will follow the journey of creating performance that integrates folk dance from Wales and Brazil.

NOW Dance Platform

Wednesday, April 27th, 7:30pm

Kingsway

Chester

Tickets

£3 Concessions

£5 Public

Please contact n.oldfield@chester.ac.uk


Presented by Chester University and Cheshire Dance, NOW Dance platform is an evening celebration of DIVERSITY within Cheshire, specifically Cheshire West and Chester. The evening aims to showcase community practice, dance in education and the works of professional artists to highlight the rich tapestry of dance work and partnerships Cheshire Dance has championed over the last 40 years and will continue to do long into the future.