Photography by Peter Dukes, Benjamin Borley, Clair Summers and Kevin Clifford
Local artists, local creativity
We are so pleased and excited to announce that Arts Council England have funded our Action Research project 'Stomping Ground' for a full 12months. There will be a whole host of Spring Summer and Autumn partnership projects with local communities to celebrate and respond to outdoor spaces. Check out our Dance on Your Doorstep page for more...
We will be researching how dance partnership can shape identity and build connections to place and local communities of practice, All of our work will be action and activity led so each project will have creative and performance outcomes and benefits to the local community and businesses.
Primary School Project with The Minack
SpinDrift were commissioned by The Minack to lead a CPD programme for local primary schools in Penzance and The Lizard. Dance practitioners Charlotte Luke, Lauren Syrett and Suzie West visited 9 schools to initiate and support creative ideas for a dance piece exploring Myths and Legends. The teacher and class developed their choreography independently and then SPiNDrift visited for a follow up dance workshop. On 20th & 21st April the schools visited The Minack, adorned in pirate swords, mermaid tails and Piskie hats and with the support of family, friends and peers to perform their dance piece. The primary schools were also programmed alongside aspirational performers from Mounts Bay Academy and Falmouth College. We were blessed by beautiful weather and a really enthusisiatic supportive crowd. The project was so successful that we will be running a similar programme this Summer and most certainly in 2018.
Mergecology is Back for 2018
The oringial Mergecology research led to some aspirational events and performances across Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth with over 8 schools, 8 platforms and 8 artists in residence. We have worked with over 1260 young people, 87 teachers and 30 artists. This year we continue to offer Mergecology platforms in a variety of outdoor and school settings.
The first Mergecology platform is at The Minack Theatre on 1st May
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To encourage new dancers and dance groups to network in the Lizard area of Cornwall, we will be setting up Mergecology projects for local dancers:
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Panta Rei Project with All Boys Dance
SpinDrift have been working with All Boys Dance this February to create a curtain raiser performance project for Norweigian Dance Company Panta Rei. Over 20 boys from Plymtouh and Cornwall trained and danced hard in the workshops with Rob Mennear and Jonny Autin. Workshops brought boys from All Boys Dance, Airborne in Plymtouh and students from Mounts Bat Academy together to share their ideas and co-create the curtain raiser. With the support of CarntoCove and Panta Rei the boys attended four workshops and training sessions to develop their technique, movement vocabulary and understanding about the touring work 'Lullaby' to create their own interpretation 'Hush' . On the day of the performance the boys spent time rehearsing with Panta Rei Dancers Jonny, Anton and Gavin and also performed excerpts of 'Hush' at the Shipyard in Newlyn.
All Boys Dance will be preparing a performance piece for Mergecology at The Minack on 1st May and will run a workshop on 22nd April at The Minack for any boys who want to be involved. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.allboysdance.com
Updates from SpinDrift
SpinDrift Dance Collective have spent the Autumn developing new partner and projects with ISE (Inspiring Science Education), The Minack, Pinetum Gardens, Looe School, Cornwall College and the National Trust. We have lots of action research projects to look forward to and new choreographic residencies....
The Dance Dialogues programme in Autumn 2016 was a new pilot to support dance makers in Devon Cornwall and connect them to local dance organisations and schools at the beginning of their choreographic process. We programmed over 10 Dance Dialogues workshops and rehearsals for local dancers and students. It was a win win programme for all- the choreographers had dialogue and built an audience, and the participants connected to current artists in the area. PLaymtouh College, St Austell College and Falmouth University hosted the sharing and playspaces which included workshops, short performances and discussions from
- Duo Becky Miles and Lizzie Moulds
- Duo Shanice Burgoyne and Charlotte Luke
- Tide and Time workshop and film with Kay Crook
- Improvisation lecture demonstration with PhD student Klara Lucznik
- Creative process sharing with Plymouth University students Kaitlyn Howlett and Chloe Pringle
- Choreography by Continuum Dancer Jo Tagney for her 60th
- New casting and performance project for 'I We Us'
- Research presentation and seminar with 3rd year Falmouth University student Meg Wood.
Our first residency of 2018 was in February with Sophie Northmore. We spent three days at the gorgeous studio in Tr2, Plymouth with 7 dancers from Bodmin, Okehampton, Plymouth and Exmouth.
The new choreography is called 'Estimation' and will be touring Devon and Cornwall from March - July. Check out the page for Estimation.