Duets on Film – Twosome

This week we are highlighting a stunning duet, first performed in 2017, titled ‘Twosome’
Twosome is all about ‘twinning’, that moment of synchronicity when you have identical thoughts or behaviour, as well as brilliance.
‘I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone’.
~ Charles de Lint

 
Choreographed by Rachel Liggitt with performers Anna Belyavin and Delphine Wise. Music by Christopher Benstead.The performance below was filmed by JTV Production at The Gateway, Shrewsbury.

 

‘ ‘Twosome’ is a glorious, playful celebration of twinning; of the delight and harmony to be found in individual expression of the same ideas and motivations. Delphine Wise glides about the stage with grace and precision, as she manouvres the brakes and intricacies of her wheelchair, integral to the spirit of the choreography. Anna Belyavin executes identical movements by foot, running and spinning alongside. There is a sisterly affection, a vibrant closeness between the dancers allowing each to predict and be energised by the other’s interpretation of the choreography, reciprocating the gestures and movements extended and retracted. There are moments when each woman embarks on her own movement motif simultaneously, reminding us that identical motivations have potential for diverse consequences’.
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Contact Dance Company class on Zoom April 2020

We miss being with each other, we miss dancing with each other, We miss the connection and contact as we move, we miss the sound of each other laughing.

But Contact Dance Company has found a way, at least to be together online, to move, to dance, to witness each other dancing, to  delight in watching each other move.

Our weekly classes has continued online, and for many of us its a lifeline.

 

Contact Dance Company present ‘Being Seen’ on film.

In the summer of 2019 eight dancers with and without disabilities from Contact Dance Company worked with director and choreographer Jo Fong to create a new dance work for touring titled ‘Being Seen’.

The dancers were Becky Keir, Anna Belyavin, Chloe Shepherd, Rachel Liggitt,
Andrew Kelly, Mervyn Bradley, Amal Neffi and Kevin Shepherd

Creating the work with Jo Fong was an intensive, joyful and rewarding experience for the company. We are very proud of the piece that was created and performed.

‘Being Seen’ was exactly that, a call for performers to be seen as their selves, powerful, vulnerable, poetic, playful, graceful and human

Below is a 9 minute edited version of ‘Being Seen’ filmed live by JTV Production at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, July 2019.

 

Contact Dance Company received very positive feedback from it’s premier at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury

‘I enjoyed the close proximity of the dancers and the sounds of the wheels. I liked seeing the dancers, the objects and the interactions between them. I enjoyed the connection between people and the real closeness that was conveyed’

‘It felt  so personal, so raw, as if we were all part of it’.

‘Intricate, graceful, joyful and absolute pleasure to watch’.

Jo Fong’s work reflects the need in these times for people to come together. Her practice has been informed by notions of inclusivity, participation and is about being present, this moment, communication, listening, face to face encounters and the idea of forming community.  This work will be more important then ever as part of the healing process after the collective trauma of the Covid-19 crisis.

Being Seen is available for touring throughout 2020, please contact the company for more details.

 

Duets on Film – Father Daughter

This week we are highlighting a beautiful duet first performed in 2017
Father –  Daughter. The duet performed by real life father daughter, dancers Kevin and Chloe Shepherd. has been performed at a number of theatres, conferences and events.

Father Daughter is a tender portrayal of a father and daughters relationship.

The dance is inspired by Kevin and Chloe’s shared love of dance and their family home, a secluded cottage nestled in a wood.

The piece is directed by by Rachel Liggitt 

Music by; Best of Village Harmony, The Full English, M.Ward & Kayhan Kalhor

‘We witness the hard work of winter life at the cottage, the chopping of wood and the fuelling of fires. Throughout the narrative, Chloe’s journey to maturity is conveyed by hints of gentle conflict between father and daughter; her desire for independence confronting his awareness that parental protectiveness must now be accompanied by detachment and an encouragement of freedom. He retreats into the shadows and we are left with Chloe in a spotlight, standing alone, venturing forth as her own self-reliant woman’

The highlights below were edited from a film made by JTV Production at The Gateway , Shrewsbury in 2017

 

 

 

Duets on film – Unspoken

Shropshire Inclusive Dance is proud to present a series of duets filmed live during our shows. Today we share ‘Unspoken’

Unspoken was captured on film at The Elmhurst School of Dance Theatre in Birmingham
It is performed by Mervyn Bradley and Rachel Liggitt . The work was choreographed and directed by SiD’s co artistic director Rachel Liggitt.

Unspoken is a moving, powerful duet about friendship.
How do we speak without words ?

Dancers, Mervyn Bradley and Rachel Liggitt have worked together for over a decade, their friendship, playfulness and connection is there for all to see in this duet.

The music is by Peter Broderick and is reproduced with permission from the musician.

The duet was beautifully filmed by  JTV Production

 

 

 

Contact Dance Company presents duets on film. ‘Human Range’

Shropshire Inclusive Dance is proud to present a series of duets filmed live during our shows. First we would like  to share with you ‘Human Range’.

In July 2019 we premiered two new pieces to a packed audience at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. The show began with this powerful and playful duet’.
It is performed by Delphine Wise and Poppy Mansfield. The work was choreographed and directed by SiD’s co artistic directors Rachel Liggitt and Ray Jacobs.

The piece explored notions of Human Range, how far can we reach ?
The music is by Nils Frahm.

The duet was beautifully filmed by  JTV Production

 

Cancellation of current SiD activities due to Coronavirus

Shropshire Inclusive Dance is announcing that for the time being we are postponing all dance classes, activities and events.
This includes our weekly classes at The Gateway and our Highflyers dance workshops for young people.
The health and well-being of all our participants, dancers and staff is our priority. This is a very hard time for everyone. We will keep you updated and keep in contact with you via social media, this website. Please email us if you have any enquires about SiD and our activity, we are looking forward to dancing with everyone once constraints are lifted.

officesidance@gmail.com