We are pleased to share with you that we will be facilitating online work placements for 2 students from the University of Roehampton. They will be joining our Zoom classes on a Monday and Thursday, observing our teaching techniques and helping to lead online sessions. They start next week (18th January 2021).
We are most happy to be working with the University of Roehampton as a partner organisation and we look forward to welcoming Nicole and Rachel to our classes.
We are pleased to share with you our upcoming performance of The Three Sections, choreographed by Liam Riddick. You may know that in #lockdown2 our three company dancers Catrin, Julian and Georgina worked with Liam creating a new piece: amazingly we achieved this online. The online performance of The Three Sections will be on March 27th at 6pm, tickets available to purchase here. We would be so grateful for your support in this difficult time for artists and for theatre. In the meantime to whet your appetite, we will be showing little teasers, so keep your eyes peeled to our social pages. Here’s Liam chatting about The Three Sections with Sue, Artistic Director of FFIN DANCE
On Friday 18th December we will be holding our first ever online Christmas party for our children and young people. In the absence of our winter dance faktry festival at our home theatre, we will instead be hosting a Zoom party. Each of our outreach dance groups have been working with our teaching team to create new phrases to share on the evening. We will also be presenting achievement prizes for 100% attendance, best improver and the Victrix/Victor Laudorum prize for overall achievement.
The young dancers have sent in a video of their favourite dance movement this term and all the videos will be collated together in a special edit film to be shown on the night BEST BITS
Party gear is encouraged and a festive smile is essential …
What a marvellous 2 weeks we have just spent in the studio with choreographer Liam Riddick creating our new work for FFIN DANCE titled The Three Sections
The piece is a 15 minute dance work which is inspired by Steve Reich’s orchestral work (1987) titled The Four Sections. The musical score is an exceptional example of “interlocking of similar instruments to produce a contrapuntal web filled with resulting melodic patterns” Steve Reich
Liam has taken three sections of the music and woven together solos, duets and trios for the three company dancers, that interlock and produce a counterpoint in movement bearing a parity to that of the score. Here’s a short film of Liam speaking with me about the work.
You may ask how we did all this through lock down! Zoom of course. Each day the dancers took class as we would in the studio, but in their own homes. We then began the enormous task of creating an online creative symbience across the miles. It was odd at first. The dancers needing to use screen vision instead of peripheral vision, allowing for a slight time delay in sound, dealing with poor wi fi connections on times but by the end of our studio time together, we actually felt as if we were in the same room as each other. It’s pretty amazing what you can achieve with the passion and hard work that dancers possess. I am incredibly proud of them.
The Three Sections is not a dance piece for film. It’s made online, but not a dance film. We have a very clear idea where we want to take this work and over the next few months we are going to be sharing more and more of this work with you. In the meantime, here’s a little glimpse of a live stream that we made of Liam working with Catrin, Julian and Georgina
We are delighted to share our news with you that we have commissioned Liam Riddick to choreograph our new work for 2020/2021 The Three Sections
Liam, a former dancer with BalletBoyz and principal with Richard Alston Dance Company, is no stranger to The Beaufort Theatre and FFIN DANCE.
When he was a dance student with Sue Lewis at Coleg Gwent he was a staunch member of the dance faktry youth dance class, Combination Dance which is still running on a Wednesday evening (via Zoom at the moment)
Liam is thrilled to be working with us, we begin the process remotely on November 2nd.
Due to generous funding from the WCVA Recovery Fund, we have been able to appoint two exceptional new members of staff to expand our Outreach team at FFIN DANCE in this most difficult time. Catrin and Julian will be working with our current partners and also making new links within the community. We will be finding alternative ways of engaging with everyone, you may wish to have a look at some of our projects by clicking this link. We are delighted to have this opportunity to increase our work within the community.
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We are setting up new projects all the time and would love to hear from you if you would like to be included.