Activate Performing Arts > SUMMER 2010 NEWSLETTER > Introduction > Activating Audiences Over the last six months, we have been Our one-off Greenhouse funding programme has been involved in some big changes and new supporting the creation of new dance and theatre Dorset Loves Arts – that’s a fact! And currently developments for audiences and artists in by artists based in the county and has funded the about 50% of the population in Dorset attends the area as part of the plans for the Cultural professional development of a range of other artists. or participates in arts and cultural events more Olympiad in the run up to 2012 and beyond. Find out who’s making new work locally on page 15. than 3 times per year. The Dorset Strategic Partnership believes that increasing attendance Outdoor Events and Celebrations have been given Young people continue to flock to the performing and participation in the arts is important for enhancing people’s quality a boost with the creation of a new team employed arts, and with boosts through the national Youth of life and should form part of how the performance of the partnership is at Activate to draw together events and create a Dance England programme, Aimhigher and rated by national government. National Indicator 11 (NI11) ‘Engagement stronger and more vibrant cultural calendar (see Aiming High for Disabled Children, we have been in the Arts’ has been written into Dorset’s Local Area Agreement, and page 3). Inside Out returns this September with a developing more opportunities for young people there is now a drive to increase the number of people attending or stunning programme of events and participation (see to take part, perform and to go and see more participating in arts by 3%. page 5) working with strong partnerships that include performance. See page 16 to find out more. the launch of a major new venue in Bournemouth - Arts venues and other cultural institutions are now collaborating under Pavilion Dance. This spring, Pavilion Dance began Linking all of this together will be our new website the title of Dorset Loves Arts to increase awareness of Dorset’s cultural a season of dance classes and performances due to go live in the summer. It will tie in with a major offers to encourage residents to attend and participate in the arts – and to whet your appetite whilst the building works campaign for the arts in Dorset called Dorset Loves also to encourage tourists to make the most of the events on offer. One continue for a launch that starts in September Arts which will raise the profile of the arts for audiences of the ways Dorset is responding and runs through to November (see page 8). across the county. See page 2 for more details. to this is with a new, free website which will unite all the amateur and A season of new circus ties into the Inside Out festival And finally – we are bursting at the seams in our professional arts organisations for this year with a programming first at Lighthouse called current offices so we plan to re-locate this autumn the first time. ‘Carte Blanche’. ‘Carte Blanche’ is part of a partnership to the Little Keep in Dorchester, next to Artsreach, that brings Lighthouse, Activate and London based Dorset Visual Arts and Creative Dorset. Within easy www.dorsetlovesarts.org is circus arts agency Crying Out Loud into partnership reach of the whole of the sub-region. Do keep in inviting groups and organisations, with Cherbourg based circus creation centre La touch with us if you’re involved in dance and theatre or both amateur and professional Breche, to develop new circus on either side of the would like to be, we aim to make a platform for what’s to list their events and activities. channel. This will be done through the programming happening through our website and the work we do. The website went live in June of new UK and French circus, critical debate and and 58 organisations are already learning about the art form for artists, promoters - Kate Wood, Director participating. and audiences. See page 7 for more information. Photo: Compagnie XY ‘Le Grand C’ > New Outdoor Events & Website: Activate will soon be Dorset Future Jobs Fund launching a brand new website Programme: The Future Jobs Fund Celebrations Team designed to give you lots of Programme is part of a national information about dance, theatre initiative by the Department of Work Catherine Devenish joins us as the Outdoor Events and and outdoor opportunities and and Pensions focussed on tackling Celebrations Manager, after a successful career with the Arts events in Dorset, Bournemouth unemployment issues in the 18-24 Catherine - Outdoor Events Council as Head of Resources. We are thrilled to have appointed and Celebrations Manager and Poole. The website is age group. The Dorset programme, such an excellent candidate to the post and she is equally intended to be very much which is being administered by pleased to be managing a great team of people: Cleo Evans, the community generated so we Dorset County Council, is made up Inside Out 2010 Festival Producer, Sandy Wilderspin, the B-Side want everyone to get involved. of a partnership of over 50 Public Multimedia Festival Producer – who works directly with the B-Side The features included on the and Third Sector organisations Festival CIC, and Amy Eastwood, our Processions Co-ordinator. website provide detail on what’s and will create 525 temporary paid on in Dorset, regional and jobs across Dorset funded by the The team has been recruited following the success of the national arts news, details on Department of Work and Pensions. Dorset Strategic Partnership recognising the value of arts and paid and unpaid opportunities, The programme started in April Sandy - B-Side Producer culture and supporting an increase in engagement in the arts a resources page listing useful 2010, and will enable a young person locally (National Indicator 11 “Engagement in the Arts” local information and advice on to develop their skills within an area agreement target). One of the focuses for development in getting involved and working organisation and be employed in a the county is reaching more people through outdoor events, in the arts and a members’ paid position for 6 months. Activate celebrations and festivals. This is part of a wider strategy which directory to name a few. You can successfully bid for 3 placements aims to bring organisations together to raise the profile of the arts create a profile on the website and we are delighted to announce under the Dorset Loves Arts campaign, and to support leadership, which will enable you to really that we have since appointed Tiffany creative industries, and the development of the visual arts. interact with the site by posting Wheaton-Green as one of our Cleo - Inside Out Producer your event listings, company Assistant Producers for this year’s The new team at Activate will work on particular projects and or artist profile or you could Inside Out Festival. We are currently work together on joint initiatives such as marketing, evaluation, post a question or a discussion in the process of recruiting for 2 professional development and sharing knowledge and expertise. topic on the notice board. Keep other placements – another Assistant checking our current website: Producer for the Inside Out Festival Catherine’s role is to draw the outdoor events and celebrations www.activateperformingarts.org.uk and an Administrative Assistant who activity together to create greater opportunities for audiences to go for our new website launch dates. will support the core team at Activate. and see and take part in events, for artists to develop their practice and make new work, for organisations to work more closely Amy - Processions Co-ordinator together in partnership. Find out more about activities overleaf. Photo: Compagnie Ex Nihilo Inside Out 2010: Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September >Get Involved B-Side Multimedia Arts Festival: 2010. Extraordinary events in extraordinary places. Following the success of the pilot Dorchester: Be part of NoFit Festival in 2008, B-Side is back! Inside Out transforms Dorset again with eleven days of free State’s ‘Parklife’ in Dorchester. outdoor theatre, dance, circus, music and performance. If you have a specific skill from B-side invites you to explore Iconic locations in West Dorset, Bournemouth town, BMX riding to morris dancing, the flip side of Weymouth & on Poole Quay and on the Jurassic Coast in the Isle of from acapella singing to unicycling Portland through a series of Purbeck become focal points for a range of international then you could take part in this specially commissioned art arts events both spectacular and intimate which will form NoFitState Circus. Photo: IneptGr avity. spectacular one-off show. Further pieces that investigate the less part of the celebrations around the Cultural Olympiad in information from: commercial aspects of the seaside. New work in Dorset. presented from 18-26 September, and coincides with the email@example.com sound, installation, film and visual art inhabit and region-wide celebration of music, dance and outdoor arts, reanimate the public spaces you may well have Artists from across Europe and closer to home will be Count Me In, 24-26 September 2010. Volunteer stewards required for passed by before - a Fort, an underground nuclear welcomed to Dorset, to work with local people, artists, Inside Out (Bournemouth, Poole, bunker, a secluded secret garden, a seaside schools and community groups. More information on the Inside Out programme and Worth Matravers and Dorchester) café and even a tailor’s shop all get the b-side locations can be found at www.insideoutdorset.co.uk or and B-side Multi-media arts treatment. Inside Out presents major companies from France, follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up there (Weymouth and Portland) festivals Finland, Wales and England. The programme includes: and be the first to find out about the 2010 programme. in September – expand your Contemporary, quirky, irreverent, thought professional and social horizons, provoking and often humorous, make sure that • A new commission from Kimmo Pohjonen and Paper Inside Out is an initiative of the Dorset Theatre Promoters’ your contribution can make the you put September 17th – 26th in your diary as the Cinema on the Jurassic Coast Consortium (DTPC) which includes Dorchester Arts, buzz happen. Opportunities to week that you discover, encounter and experience • No Fit State Circus in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester Bridport Arts Centre, Weymouth College, Dorset County be slap bang in the middle of art in unusual places! Embrace the B-side! • Les Quidams in Poole Council, Lighthouse, Activate Performing Arts, Artsreach something amazing coming to • The world premiere of a new work by KMA in and Pavilion Dance at Dance South West. It is also an the South West in September no For all up to date programme information go to Bournemouth, produced by SCAN, along with the initiative of the Bournemouth and Poole arts teams, Wave experience necessary, training www.b-side.org.uk or follow the festival on first visit to England by Ex Nihilio dance as part of the and DepARTure and is managed by Activate Performing given. To register your interest Facebook: www.facebook.com/bsidefest and launch of Pavilion Dance, the new regional dance Arts. It is funded by Arts Council England, Dorset Strategic or for more information contact Twitter: www.twitter.com/bsidefest. Keep a centre opening in Autumn 2010 Partnership, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Gemma on 01202 884340 or look out; more information will be released soon • Residencies, workshops, outreach professional Poole, Pavilion Dance at Dance South West, SCAN, British firstname.lastname@example.org including ways that you can get involved directly. development and talks Council, DTPC, Creative Dorset, West Dorset District Council, Aimhigher, Jurassic Coast Arts Programme, Inside Out is part of a wider Cultural Olympiad programme Wave, DepARTure, Dorchester Arts, Activate Performing in Dorset that includes B-Side Multi-media Festival Arts and the Valentine Trust. Kimmo Pohjonen. Photo: George Wright Carnival and Processions: Carnival has an Pavilion Centre for Dance: The opening of Pavilion Dance is fast incredibly long tradition all over the world Amy Eastwood, our new Processions approaching with the official launch coinciding with the Inside Out and there are a diverse range of carnival and coordinator will be the contact point for regional Festival in September and there is a stunning line up ready for processions across the UK and internationally carnivals engaging with the site/programme and audiences in the autumn. with a strong heritage steeped in local she is in the process of organising two outdoor traditions, as well as creating and embracing events and processions network meetings in Thousands of people packed into Bournemouth Square on 10th April new ideas. October. These will be free events which will to watch spectacular performances by more than 60 local dancers, give community groups/artists/professionals along with professional dancers from one of London’s best hip hop Carnival and outdoor processions are (anyone with an interest in community–led dance companies. celebratory and community based. They offer processional/outdoor work) the opportunity to an opportunity for people to engage either find out more about: The hugely successful Urban Dance Weekend was organised by practically or as active spectators and their Pavilion Dance as a forerunner to the world-class dance centre popularity has led to Carnivals being a key • Amy’s new role in Activate (Processions opening in the Pavilion this autumn, and kicked off with Square art form for the Cultural Olympiad and an Coordinator) and what it offers Dance 2 – a hip hop piece specially created for Bournemouth Square opportunity for our community groups to be • Launching the concept of a network in by Avant Garde Dance, who worked with young people from local part of larger, international celebration in 2012 Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole) dance crews Pure Funk, Shake, Pulse, Beat and DFA (Dance for All). and their partnerships beyond this. as well as East Devon International breakdance crews from as far afield as France, Italy and • Meet like-minded people, network and find Romania descended on the Pavilion Ballroom yesterday, as more than Work has already begun as a part of the out about current work and ideas 300 people watched and took part in an incredible breakdance jam strategic arts development across Dorset, • Opportunity to share good practice and competition presented by renowned local crew Second to None. Bournemouth and Poole. Weymouth and Avant Garde Dance Company Photo: Pavilion Dance Portland, and the communities along the The dates of the network meetings are 25 local dancers also took part in a free waackin’ workshop – an old Jurassic Coast have been identified as Wednesday 13th October at The Malthouse, school funk/disco dance style, led by hip hop dancer Anna Marsh. particular areas for focus, but equally interest Lyme Regis from 6pm – 8.30pm and Thursday Ian Abbott, Programme Manager for Pavilion Dance said: “The across Bournemouth and Poole is also strong. 21st October at Wimborne Community weekend was a massive success and it was heartening to see Learning and Resource Centre, Wimborne from so many people appreciative and excited by the dance on show. A large, spectacular carnival and outdoor 6pm – 8.30pm. These will be informal evenings This is just the start of many spectacular events due to happen in event is planned for 2012, including the Quest with presentations, a chance to network and a Bournemouth when Pavilion Dance opens this autumn.” programme and we want the best carnival light supper. The events are free but you must procession for Weymouth to showcase local register a place. Please respond to Amy on: Visit www.paviliondance.org.uk for more information about carnival, offer a distinctive voice of the area 01202 884340 by Friday 1st October to register. Pavilion Dance and the classes and events on offer, which will and find a collective focus for everyone to work People from East Devon are also welcome if be run by Dance South West in partnership with Bournemouth together on. based on the Jurassic Coast. Borough Council. Photo: Pavilion Dance Photo: Pavilion Dance Carte Blanche: Drawing > Theatre Company News together companies from France, Finland and the UK, Stuff and Nonsense: Carte Blanche is the brand As part of the new season of new circus Greenhouse funding and outdoor performance at programme, Activate Lighthouse in Poole. have funded the work October of French and UK of Bridport based Stuff The season started in June circus, with Companie XY and Nonsense Theatre to with Le Petit Mal from from France headlining with Photo: Petit Mal re-make their children’s Racehorse Company (Finland) their show Le Grand C fresh show ‘The Little Red a show that left the audience from their acclaimed run at Hen’ from a small scale breathless, and the season the Roundhouse in London. to a midscale tour. This The Little Red Hen Photo: Graham Burke continues with a summer A programme of film, family show for 3-7 year olds workshop programme for workshops, masterclasses and toured nationally in the spring and will continue to young people in August talks, followed by a residency tour later on this year. Internationally acclaimed with NoFitstate Circus (UK). for young people with Niki for their work – do not miss this show. For more NoFitstate will then return McCretton during the half term information please visit: for the Inside Out Festival in will make this October one to www.aloadofstuffandnonsense.co.uk September at the same time remember. For video footage as excellent workshops with and booking details take a In September, Bedlam by critically acclaimed Companie Les Quidems for look at: Bournemouth playwright Nell Leyshon, will artists and older students www.lighthousepoole.co.uk. premiere at the Globe Theatre in London. Nell is in the lead up to their the first female playwright ever to be staged at the performance at the Inside Out This is all made possible Globe. For more information please go to: festival in September. through a new partnership http://bit.ly/bedlamglobe between Lighthouse, Crying Critically acclaimed Okham’s Out Loud, Activate and Le Razor (UK) come to Lighthouse Breche in Cherbourg and on October 15th/16th, funded through the Interreg followed by the finale for EU programme, with match Carte Blanche; a whole funding in the Uk from weekend on the 23rd/24th Aimhigher and the partners. Photo: Ockham’s Razor ‘The Mill’ > Theatre Company News participate, and 10 participants came forward, Dorset Corset: Dorset Corset Theatre Company, > Activate Your Potential keen to perform in their town centres. ‘To Market’ based in Shaftesbury was founded in 2006 by (continued) also aimed to make a positive contribution to Helen Watts, Fiona Davis and Ed Burnside, with Inside Out: If you’re an artist based in Dorset, Dorset market places by attracting new crowds. a desire to tell stories in an engaging and exciting Bournemouth and Poole and want to find out more To Market: A befuddled bunch of strange and way and to breathe new life into classic literature. about the companies involved in this year’s Inside Out, wonderful characters arrive at the market place; The group performed on a sunny Saturday morning This year the company is combining adaptation then come along to one of the artist talks taking place Mad Hatters, a Tall Man and the Boiled Sweetie at Bridport Market on April 17th, and again at with new writing in their new show ‘Frankenstein: during the festival. Look out for more detail on the Inside Sisters. What are they doing and where do they Weymouth Farmers Market on May 9th. Audience The Year Without a Summer’, set to tour this Out website www.insideoutdorset.co.uk and get involved come from? Experience one-a-penny tunes, response was collected by Ros Fry at West Mead autumn. Venues include Arc Theatre Trowbridge - supported by Creative Dorset. luminous socks, fat pigs, plum cake, jiggerty jig, Creative; “Great, unusual. More, more!” “Great (Premier 5th October), Bridport Arts Centre, jiggerty jake... spectacle, lovely bright vibrant costumes.” The Regent Centre, The Digby Hall, Shaftesbury Carte Blanche: A professional development programme Arts Centre, Broadmayne Village Hall (Artsreach) for new circus arts is being developed for the October During the spring, Satellite Arts devised and At the end of the project the young troupe will be and The Shelley Theatre, Boscombe. Third year programme as this newsletter goes to print. It will produced a highly visual piece of theatre entitled treated to two creative days with Fantasy in rural Costume and Performance Design students include masterclasses for artists, talks and promoter ‘To Market’ with a group of 10 locally based young Devon, where they will evaluate their work and from Arts University College Bournemouth are exchange. Look out for details on our website: people. Funded by the National Lottery Awards further develop their ideas, performance skills, designing and making the set and costumes. www.activateperformingarts.org.uk or for All, The Valentine Trust and DepARTure, the costumes and puppetry. Funding was secured from Activate (Greenhouse www.lighthousepoole.co.uk work was inspired by the stories behind objects fund), The Fenton Arts Trust, Bournemouth Arts for sale in the market place; where the objects Satellite Arts is a Dorset-based arts and Grant and Arts Council Grants for the Arts to come from and the journeys they make to our performance organisation working with support the development of ‘Frankenstein’. For Photo: Satellite Arts ‘To Market Project homes was based on, and disadvantaged young people in and around more information take a look at their website: was performed in Dorset Weymouth. Run by Sarah Butterworth and www.dorsetcorset.co.uk market places. The project Wendy Petitdemange, projects have included brought together visual workshops for Inside Out to celebrate the Cultural Companies such as As One Theatre, Treehouse artists Sarah Butterworth, Olympiad handover in 2008, the creation of a giant Theatre, Artemis Theatre Company, TheatreOrb Sarah Leithead with Christmas Angel which led the lantern procession and Burnt Toast have all been developing their drama facilitator Wendy on Weymouth Victorian Night in 2008, and work and producing some interesting and Petitdemange and site- devising and performing ‘Something Happened in exciting work in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole based artist Sally Watkins. the Garden’ in Chesil Garden on Portland in 2007. in the last few months. Working with Dorset Sarah and Wendy can be contacted on Social Services, we invited email@example.com and more photos can be This is only a small snapshot of theatre artists young carers and looked seen at: www.flickr.com/photos/emeraldantics based locally. For more news on whose doing Photo: To Market after young people to what in the county take a look at our website. Photo: StopGap Dance Company > Theatre > Dance Yorke Dance Project Youth Leaders Programme: As part of Activate’s Community Greenhouse: Activate’s aim is to put the artist at the centre of DanceNet: Activate supports local dance Youth Dance Project, in partnership with everything we do and we have invested £8,500 worth of funding from artists, practitioners and teachers as part Active Dorset, we have offered a fully funded our Greenhouse funding programme into local artists and projects. of our DanceNet programme, and we bursary of £1000 for 2 of our local youth Funding has gone towards some key projects which focus on new recently partnered with the choreography dance leaders to take part in a Creative dance and theatre work being made in Dorset, new opportunities for department at University College Falmouth Professional Development training with artists based in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, and new audience (incorporating Dartington College) to the Yorke Dance Project this summer. The opportunities being created. organise a workshop with lecturer and Youth Dance Leaders programme offers the choreographer Malaika Sarco Thomas. participants the unique opportunity to join the In theatre, we are working with Jonathan Petherbridge (from London The successful workshop entitled ‘How to Yorke Dance Company for a period of up to Bubble Theatre) on the development of the Pumphouse Project in teach choreography’, enabled Malaika to two weeks, taking part in daily classes, and Wimborne, artist Michelle O’Brien to continue to make outdoor work share her expertise with local teachers and task-based creative sessions which have and for a new project called Spice Box, Sarah Butterworth for her youth dance leaders. direct input into the creation of the company’s street theatre project entitled ‘The Hanging Gardens of Blanchmange’ new work. Following this creative time, and Sally Watkins’s community piece for Weymouth ‘Come Sail With Equally successful was the workshop for each youth group leader will return home Me’. Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company have also benefitted professional dancers and dance students across the South West region and will be from the funding as mentioned previously. Funding was also granted with Akram Khan Dance Company. encouraged to use the ideas and movement to TheatreOrb for their first successful festival of new writing at The workshop offered participants vocabulary from Yolande Yorke-Edgell, the Lighthouse. Not only have we given financial assistance to these the opportunity to learn some of the Company artistic Director to create work companies and artists, but we are providing advice and support for choreography from the company’s latest with their respective youth groups. The Youth Herons. Photo: Stephen Fox - www.stephenfox.co.uk them too. piece ‘Bahok’. The workshop was fully Dance Leaders are given the opportunity to subscribed and rated ‘excellent’ by the show the new work, created with their youth Theatre Orb Writing Festival: As part of the Greenhouse funding participants. Thanks goes to Lighthouse dance group, as a curtain raiser before one of programme, Activate supported Theatre Orb’s New Writing Festival and Bournemouth and Poole College for Yorke Dance Projects forthcoming tour dates. which took place over a weekend in April at the Lighthouse, Poole. helping to make it possible. The festival enabled around 80 writers to experience masterclass The new DanceNet programme for autumn events /network meetings and support sessions for their new writing, Our regular contemporary dance classes will include talks from artists that are and this included masterclass workshops with Nell Leyshon and for intermediate dancers will continue to performing in Inside Out and the new Pavilion Jack Bradley. Theatre Orb’s founding members Craig Norman and take place at Lighthouse, Poole in the Centre for dance – sign up for our e-news to Helena Fox curated the event which saw film showings, a meeting of Autumn. find out more and take a look at our website: the South West New Writer’s Network as well as a new production of www.activateperformingarts.org.uk Simon Stephen’s powerful play, Herons. www.theatreorb.co.uk Bahok. Photo: Hugo Glendinning > Dance (continued) > Activating Youth the potential of a youth led creative project on the island. Funding was secured for a residential weekend on the island with a group Greenhouse: In dance, we have supported Natasha Player Performing Pathways: We are of young people recruited from Dorset. The response of the young with the research and development of a new dance piece currently working on Phase 2 of people was extremely positive and they suggested two ways to which explores dual heritage entitled ‘Obey the Wind’. Performing Pathways with the increase enjoyment and engagement of young people visiting the This show premiered at the Dorchester Festival in May Grange, Rossmore and Kings island. One of these was a Young People’s Alternative Guide to and was very positively received. Margaret Swallow has High Schools with funding from Brownsea Island (“The Guide”) and the other was a live arts event also been awarded a bursary to work on the research and Aim Higher. Artists Richard that is now being developed alongside The Guide. The project aims development of ‘Pianola’, an intergenerational dance piece Conlon (writer) and Tiago to provide young people with the opportunity to gain a range of new inspired by her father’s memories. We are contributing Gambogi (Dance artist) are skills and knowledge and give them an enjoyable experience of their to Niki Northover’s travel to the New York Tap Festival so delivering day-long workshops cultural heritage. There will be a core group of ten young people who that she can be accompanied by some of her talented with pupils, and performer will produce the guide. A further 70 young people will be involved students and movement artist Sandra Reeve has created and director Peter Courtney will be running workshops on artist through workshops to help develop the guide whilst learning about a site responsive dance piece called ‘Absence’ which interventions. Pupils will also have the opportunity to visit centres of their cultural heritage and spending time in the outdoors. she performed on the 18th July at St Gabriel’s Chapel in higher education in drama and dance. And, if you haven’t yet seen Golden Cap. it, please take a look at a copy of the youth theatre and dance One of the main project aims is for the stories at Brownsea Island to brochure: http://bit.ly/youththeatreflyer be shared and interpreted in a way that is interesting and accessible Amanda Fogg continues her work with Mark Morris for the many young people who visit the Island each year. ‘Unlocked‘ Dancers: Amanda visited New York to work with the Mark Unlocked: The Brownsea Unlocked project was conceived in is in the process of recruiting a project manager and will begin in Morris Dance Company and to find out about their practice 2008 when a number of organisations came together to discuss September 2010. in dance and health. Their relationship continues and she tells us about recent activity: ‘Earlier in the month the Mark Morris Dancers, David Leventhal and John Heginbotham, together with Toby Beazely of Dance Umbrella, held Natasha Player. Photo: Aurore Le Quere another development day in London for the small but growing network of those of us who are doing this work. It was a fabulous day, and in the afternoon, Parkinson’s participants of three London groups came to the Siobhan Davies Studios to take a class which we all co-taught - a very enjoyable and stimulating experience. We are all appreciating being in contact with each other, and it is a wonderful boost to have such support and validation from David, John and Toby.’ Photo: Martin Coyne > Activating Youth (continued) > Youth Theatre The Remix: Our integrated youth Cultural Hub – The Mermaid Princess Project: Youth TheatreNet: Towards the end of last performance company continues The Mermaid Princess is an exciting Year 4 year, two young programmers from Weymouth to go from strength to strength. In performance and participation project that links College travelled to Newbury with Activate January 2010, the Remix performed seven cultural organisations and five Cultural to see Les Quidems show Rêve D’Herbert new work created during a residency Hub primary schools (and one ‘non-hub’ school) (Herbert’s Dream). There was an opportunity with renowned integrated dance based in Bournemouth and Poole. Led by for the young programmers to meet the cast company STOPGap at the youth dance platform event ‘Elevate’ Lighthouse the project was kick started when afterwards for a discussion about their work. at The Lighthouse, Poole. They also took part in ‘Face to Face pupils from the six schools attended the venue Les Quidems will be bringing Herbert’s Dream ‘workshops with Helen Baggett (Gecko Theatre and former to see a performance of ‘The Mermaid Princess’, to Poole in September for the Inside Out founder of CandoCo). by Italian theatre company Teatro Kismet at festival. There will be further opportunities for the end of March. Activate facilitated a post the young programmers to work alongside The Remix family continues to grow as not only have we show talk with the director and the cast which artists and/or festival mangers during Inside welcomed back our artistic director, Claire Hodgson and our gave the children a great opportunity to ask Out. project manager, Jenny Gordon after the births of their baby girls, direct questions to the company. Following this, but we have also welcomed 14 new members who joined the each school had the opportunity to participate And, as a result of the young programmers company in February 2010. Further recruitment in July will see in workshops during the summer term which seeing work at Xtrax in Manchester, the company larger and better than ever. focused on the story of The Mermaid Princess Weymouth College have programmed and the themes that are presented in the story. integrated dance company Stopgap to In July, the group created an exciting new piece of choreographed The workshops were delivered by Dorset History perform at the college theatre in the autumn. dance and joined together with other local dance groups in the Centre, Bournemouth and Poole Libraries and Remix. Photo: Phil Sayer area to perform a flash mob in Bournemouth. It was extremely professional illustrator Jane Ray. Local visual Activate sits on the industry panel for well received and was the first integrated flash mob to happen artists Sarah Butterworth, Heidi Stellar, Nina the Foundation Degree Acting Course at in the UK! In August, Remix are collaborating with the Inside Hubalicious: Hubalicious.org is designed and run by Squire, writer Richard Conlon and digital media Weymouth College, giving feedback to Out Festival 2010 and the opening of Pavilion Dance and will young people to celebrate and showcase local artistic artists ‘Interim’ then worked with the students students on their performances during the be working with STOPGap again to produce a piece of outdoor talent. Hubalicious is a team of young people from around to create various different art works that are year. The latest production by the incredibly performance for the grand opening. Bournemouth and Poole who are interested in the arts, be currently on display as part of a Mermaid hard working student company, Tenth Opinion it music, dance or drama. Currently, there are seven young Princess exhibition at Lighthouse. This exhibition was ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake During the autumn term we will be meeting CandoCo and hope people, all working hard behind the scenes to bring you all will be open until the end of September. The Wertenbaker. The company also toured to to take Remix to meet, work and perform with Graeae in London. the news and reviews about creative arts from around the project is funded by the Bournemouth and Bridport Arts Centre and have a lot of interest There is also whisper of a trip to Vietnam in the future... just a conurbation, but they can always use more input. Please visit Poole Cultural Hub and Activate is a partner from local schools. whisper at the moment but we will keep you posted... shhh! www.hubalicious.org for more information. organisation. Photos: Teatro Kismet this was the first time they had taken part in a > Youth Dance public performance. There will be many more Community Youth Dance Practitioner: Youth performances coming up for these two groups dance is flourishing across the county. We have as well as summer workshops and guest artist established a number of new community youth residencies over the course of the next few dance groups and are continuing to support months. existing youth dance groups who offer a variety of dance styles across Bournemouth, Poole and Through funding from this project Dance Bytes Dorset. We also work closely with youth dance Back have been able to continue their weekly leaders to support them in their professional dance sessions at Henry Brown youth centre as practice to deliver high quality youth dance. well as visiting local schools to offer free dance taster sessions. In partnership with Pavilion Whitewash: In Poole the boys only dance group Dance we plan a summer programme of dance “Whitewash” has picked up momentum and is for young people in the school holidays in continually creating exciting new high-energy Bournemouth. dance work for performance. The company of boys are 11-19 and from local schools and For information about taking part in these Bournemouth & Poole College. The company activities please contact Alice Chutter, have choreographed 2 brand new dance pieces; Community Youth Dance Project Coordinator at “Run Free” and “You act, I react”. The company Activate. This work is delivered in partnership with will also take part in a summer residency with a Active Dorset (the county sports partnership). West African Dance workshop led by Olu Taiwo at Elevate. Photo: Kevin Clifford Capoeira Workshop led by Origens de Brasil Capoeiraí. Photo: Kevin Clifford visiting artist in August. See side feature for more news on Whitewash. Portrait: Portrait: At the beginning of February, Portrait – Dorset’s County Youth Dance Company, At Wareham Leisure Centre, Purbeck, and the were invited by Bridport Arts Centre and Tavaziva Elevate: Following the success of the first edition of the County Youth ‘Elevate is a great opportunity for young people to come together Grange School dance studio, Christchurch, we Dance Company to present a piece of work Dance platform Elevate, a second edition took place in January at the and be involved in such a diverse selection of youth dance from have set up community youth dance classes that they had created during their residency with Lighthouse. Lighthouse became a hive of activity during a day with all over the region. The dancers had their eyes opened and it for young people aged between 11-16 who Tavaziva as a curtain raiser. This was performed more than 200 young people coming from various community youth encouraged a deeper appreciation of dance in all its forms,’ are interested in contemporary dance fused before the company’s latest work Wild Dog. Since groups all over Dorset to take part in workshops led by Olu Taiwo, - Amy Beveridge, Director of Pure Funk Dance Company with other styles such as street and funk. Both then, Portrait have also participated in a residency West African Dancer, and Capoeira specialists Origens do Brasil. The groups had the opportunity to perform for the with Mobius Dance Theatre and this new piece evening saw a variety of amazing performances from all 12 groups Elevate was part of the National initiative U.Dance led by Youth Dance very first time as part of the Elevate U.Dance was performed for the first time at Dorchester involved, and there was a very broad range of styles demonstrated England and aim to give every child the opportunity to perform. Platform in January. For some young people Festival in the Borough Gardens on the 29th May. including tap dance, hip-hop and contemporary. Whitewash. Photo: Martin Coyne News from the Dance South West regional > Activating Participation from the Community Youth Dance Project Dance youth dance programme: There were three bytes back have been able to continue their weekly young people from Dorset who took part in Return to Dancing Nepal: dance sessions at Henry Brown youth centre as the Stride! Initiative held in Dartington where Following a successful well as visiting local schools to offer free dance participants met dance professionals, worked tour of 3 museums across taster sessions to encourage and inform young on group activities, which aimed to develop their Dorset last year, Return to people about opportunities in the Bournemouth confidence, leadership, creative thinking and Photo: Kevin Clifford Dancing Nepal had its final area. Sixteen young people from Dance Bytes problem solving skills and experienced different exhibition tour date at the Back performed a piece called “Eklektik” at Elevate aspects of the dance sector ‘in action’. Following this intensive week the young Red House Museum and U.Dance platform in January and continue to offer people will complete a 10 day placement with a professional organisation and Gardens in Christchurch in great dance opportunities for young people in Activate is pleased to be one of them. We welcome Holly Morris who will work this May. The exhibition aimed Bournemouth. summer with Aurore Le Quere, Activate’s Dance Development Coordinator. to inform the public about Nepalese life and traditions Step out! Project: Thanks to Dance mapping in schools: Activate is leading an audit among school teachers to and increase the awareness the Christchurch Community map the dance activity in the area within and out of school in order to create more of the Nepalese culture that Partnership and support from opportunity for young people to perform and also to respond more accurately to the Gurkha families from the Grange school’s NOPES the need of the local area. Local dance artist Aimee Smith is working on this for the Royal Signals Camps funding, Activate secured us as part of our work with Youth Dance England - the National Agency for Youth have brought with them to money to set up 10 weeks Dance to support the development of youth Dance in Dorset Bournemouth and Dorset. The exhibition was of intergenerational dance Poole. created following a research and collection period sessions in Christchurch coordinated by the Blandford Town Museum and six as part of the Step Out! Stan Won’t Dance and Motionhouse inspire Whitewash dancers: Whitewash, volunteers from the Blandford community. Project. A Day of Dance was based at Lighthouse and led by Jane White have been inspired by the nationally organised on Saturday 3rd Stan Won’t Dance workshop. Photo: Activate renowned Dance Theatre Company Stan Won’t Dance who performed their latest The exhibition is now a permanent feature at July at the Grange School in provocative new show Babel in Lighthouse’s theatre. Stan Won’t Dance employ the Blandford Forum Museum. Blandford Forum Christchurch and more than 100 people took part a mixture of movement and dance styles in their workshops, from martial arts to Museum is open from April to October, Monday to in workshops and learnt new healthy recipes from contact, from boot camp to yoga and Whitewash were given the opportunity to Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is a cooking demonstration by chef Ian Hewitt. The develop their dance skills in a very physical dance workshop from Stan Won’t free. day finished with 3 performances from Fuse Youth Dance. The young male company then went on to perform at Lighthouse in the Dance Company, Summer Street Dance Group, foyer before the nationally acclaimed performance of Scattered by Motionhouse – Dance Bytes Back: Activate supports Dance Mad4dance, Swerve Dance Theatre Company from both companies received excellent feedback – the Lighthouse audience praised Bytes Back – a youth dance group which offers Swindon. The event was a great success and it was the young company and went on to give a standing ovation to Motionhouse in the affordable and accessible dance opportunities for fantastic to see such a wide range of people getting main auditorium! young people in Bournemouth. 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