We are pleased to invite you to our new work by Tess Letham at our home theatre The Beaufort Theatre & Café Bar on April 15th 2023
Traces:we are all just passing by
The work explores concepts of how the memories of those no longer present in our physical lives linger on: how these people have influenced and shaped us. Whether their presence was fleeting or enduring, their traces have become an integral part of our personal histories, like tiles in a mosaic, forming a unique and intricate pattern that makes us who we are. And how we embody these patterns in our present, showing up for those around us in the here and now.
Tess, an Edinburgh based Dance Artist describes her work:
“My creations focus on human experience – constructing both obscure and deeply authentic environments, inviting the audience fully into an intriguing theatrical world. I have spent extensive time studying the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through, created by David Zambrano, a main focus of my teaching practice. I am an ambassador for sharing this work across the UK and further afield. This has also become a vital part of my individual movement practice and philosophical understanding of what dance represents in the wider context of community and culture. Within my whole practice I seek an open and encouraging environment, nurturing the possibility to share, discuss, feedback and discover ideas with others”
Tess trained first at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, then went on to Northern Contemporary Dance securing a prized Post Graduate apprenticeship with Motion House. Her creations focus on human experiences – constructing both obscure and deeply authentic environments, inviting the audience fully into an intriguing theatrical world. Having spent extensive time studying the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through created by David Zambrano, Tess is an ambassador for sharing this work across the UK and further afield.
We start our creative period on Monday January 30th with Tess and our company dancers Catrin, Georgina and Louis Louis has joined us for his first season as a professional dancer with FFIN DANCE having previously danced with us as a child and then a youth in our community classes and more latterly as a valued member of our teaching team.
The process for the new creation will unite a specific movement practice together with narratives developed through improvisational exercises that explore physical storytelling. The narratives within the work will be created from solo, partner and group exercises and tools which focus on the physicality of clarity and memory, character and states, transformation and instant adaption, presence, breaking habitual performance tendencies, and encouragement to explore alternative/atypical dynamics and interactions. The work will explore characterisation, blending physical theatre, dance and storytelling to create a landscape of imagination and surprise.
The company dancers will be working alongside Tess to create the new piece which will be premièred on April 15th 2023 (please see here for tickets) We then tour the work which will be accompanied by a full community workshop package for schools and groups. Please contact Catrin email@example.com to get involved.
Like many of us who work in the arts sector, we feel that for the past few years, we have been reinventing the wheel. Finally, we are getting back to doing what we love – creating, producing, performing. FFIN DANCE has fortunately worked through the past few years, teaching and creating dance online at all levels: community classes, outreach projects and have also produced 4 new professional works which begin touring in July 2022. We start at one of our best loved performance spaces – Canolfan Ucheldre.
HIRAETH is a programme which has a special meaning for us all, a longing to return to much loved place. It consists of a series of 3 independent duets created by our company dancers Georgina, Julian and Catrin coupled with fourfold, a new piece choreographed for us by Welsh choreographer Liam Riddick This piece started life as a research & development project during the dark depths of lockdown: we undertook this on Zoom, each of us in our own homes. We were fortunate to be awarded support from the Arts Council of Wales to create our best work to share and engage with communities.
Funded by the Gwent PCC, we have been undertaking Dance & Enhance, a very large project with the community in Blaenau Gwent. Our outreach teachers have been working outdoors with groups of children and young people to intervene at an early stage preventing anti-social behaviour patterns.
Our dance faktry is now fully operational back in our ballroom studio at The Beaufort Theatre & Café Bar. At Easter 2022 we were delighted to be back on stage with all of our community classes, partner groups from the community and we also premièred fourfold with the professional company in front of one of the biggest audiences we have had for many years!
On a personal level, I lost my mother. An enigma, totally unique and beautiful in every which way, passed away sweetly at our family home in Tredegar aged 97. She was inspiring to her last breath.
So new chapters, new pastures and new experiences for us all. That’s where I’m at …