Time To Reflect


Usually in August, I can get a little time to reflect and think in terms of both where the company has been in the past year and where it is going to in the future year.  However August 2012 saw the company really take off in new directions following invitations to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and Tanz@Namedy in Germany.  As a result we were straight back into the studio to make my new work Missing Pages in September, and we haven’t stopped since!

I now have a little bit of breathing space to reflect before January.

I love the period of Advent before Christmas, but am ever mindful of the fact that Christmas time for some people is very painful having lost loved ones: I think particularly of the family of Keith Dykes, our Chairman of the Board, who passed away very suddenly this week.

The warmth of people at this time of year is a real incentive to assess the work that FFIN DANCE undertakes in the community and new projects are planned and waiting to go, funding permitting.  Next week we celebrate at the awards evening for SCARF Dance and Abertillery Youth Dance Company where our community dancers will be presented with certificates for endeavour, attendance and commitment.  I look forward to watching the youth dancers and children perform for their families and friends in an informal sharing, ending in a cuppa and cakes.  The community can be very proud of them.

A few weeks back, I looked back at a 5 year business plan that I wrote in 2007 and was amazed at what the company has achieved in that time.  Although I had the utmost faith that we would do what we set out to do, I never thought that we would surpass that by so much.

So a full circle has evolved: five years has passed since the Arts Council turned our grant application down and we have done it on our own! But never a person to burn my bridges, I am off for a meeting at the Arts Council of Wales tomorrow to see how things have changed in the funding strategy and to boast about the company tucked away in a small Welsh valleys town, who now have a world-wide following, over 517,666 hits on our website in 12 months and an audience that many larger companies would be very happy to have.  Wish me luck …

sue lewis

Degrees of Freedom

Choreography: Gary Lambert
Sound score: Otis Lift
Original lighting: Ross Cameron

Degrees of Freedom was first commissioned for Edinburgh Dance Base in 2004 for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will form part of the new triple bill for FFIN DANCE  – Inspired

The work was initially a response to limitations impacted on the body after a long career in dance; it explored the changing identity of the body and its relationship to the physical. The work was initially set through a series of improvisations that followed the physical theme of limitation due to physical degeneration.For the original performer/choreographer, it was the recognition of an end of a known type of physicality and a wrapping up of a performance career that had span over twenty years. (There are no meanings, just a habitual need to move)

It’s an intimate solo work exploring the changing identity of the body and its relationship to the physical and I will be working with company dancer Megan Griffiths to make a new work on her using the original piece as a starting point.

 “A day in Lambert’s universe leaves the audience alert and amazed. His expressive strength resides in articulating with efficiency an aesthetic that captures the attention of the audience and at the same time demanding from it to focus on the detail of each movement” DANZAHOY

“Gary Lambert – a personal aesthetic” Susana B. Williams

I am very much looking forward to seeing what new qualities will be brought about as we work in the studio, and look forward to sharing that with Megan and of course you the audience.

Gary Lambert 



Countdown to Ed Fest 4

And so, one more sleep to go and then we are off to Edinburgh.  Cases packed and double checked (triple check tomorrow morning) and very much looking forward to our first time performing at the Fringe.  I picked up on a really useful piece of advice today on Twitter from @fringereview who tweeted that the Fringe need not be a rat race and you don’t need to race to enjoy it.  That really hit home for me, as I had started to feel the rat race groove, inadvertently being drawn in to an unknown environment.  This has put me much more at ease.

And so to travel, flying from Bristol tomorrow for our exceptionally early get-in on Saturday morning (6am!!) and opening show at 11am.
Hopping over to Dance Base later on then to see Andy Howitt’s show GOD – grumpy old dancer and do a bit of networking.  Second show on Sunday morning at 11am and fly back Sunday night.

As one trip finishes another one starts – we travel to Germany on Tuesday for a week spent in preparing for the Tanz@Namedy Festival curated by Gary Lambert.  But more about that next week.

Thanks for following my Ed Fest countdowns, chat soon….

sue lewis

Just 23 days to go!

Just another 23 days and we will open our show Connections in the Fringe Festival

August 4th and 5th as part of Danceforms 60th Choreographers’ Showcase at C venues

Our both shows are 11am, we’d love to have a chat to you after the show – very much looking forward to performing in Scotland for the first time and making new friends!

Please follow this link for bookings

Edinburgh – All Systems Go

The marketing and publicity for our visit to Edinburgh Fringe Festival is taking over the office at the moment.  Very exciting to be picking up our new postcards tomorrow.  

As this is our first time performing at the Fringe, we are keen to make a good and lasting impression.  We are hoping that venue programmers will like our show and invite us to tour  in Scotland with our new show – Inspired in 2013.

It would be great if you, our fans and friends, can give us a little help by helping to spread the word about our shows at C Venues in Edinburgh on August 4th and 5th at 11am.  If you are around the festival at that time, it would be marvellous to meet up for a coffee.

Images for postcards by Paul Trask and Jim Markland

sue lewis