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> 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                   sharon@dorchesterarts.org.uk          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                 gemma@activateperformingarts.org.uk   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   sarah@emeraldant.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. Through funding         involved in dance.
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