Explore with SiD – Monthly Inclusive Dance Workshops for dance artists and practitioners at The Hive in Shrewsbury.

Explore with SiD’ is offering a space for a limited number of dancers with and without disabilities to move and dance together in an accessible studio, led by experienced and creative facilitators in a safety distanced environment.

Explore with SiD will give us a chance to truly arrive in our own moving bodies, dance for ourselves and explore new ways of moving together.

Explore aims to foster creative links between dancers, opening new opportunities, ways of moving. and making dances.

Where and When

The dance workshops will take place monthly at The Hive in Shrewsbury on Wednesdays from 1.30pm – 4.30pm on ; 

October 21st with Rachel Liggitt 

November 25th with Lizzy Le Quesne  

January 13th with Annie Hanauer

About the facilitators 

Rachel Liggitt – Rachel is a dance artist, educator & coach working within dance, health, education, community & cultural sectors. Rachel began her career as an independent dance artist and performer, collaborating with dance artists & small-scale dance companies in tandem with workshop delivery. Rachel is co-director of Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD), a practising artist and a trustee for Impelo, Wales. 

Lizzy Le Quesne – A certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, Lizzy teaches SRT as well as choreography and improvisation to professional dancers, dance companies and in conservatoires and universities internationally, as well as in community contexts, cultivating freedom, power, delicacy, passion and clarity in movement, and nurturing connections between the deep self, articulate body and the world. 

Annie Hanauer – Annie danced with Candoco Dance Company from 2008-2014. She now works in the UK and France as a performer with Rachid Ouramdane / CCN2, Grenoble and Emanuel Gat Dance, and initiates her own creative projects and teaching as an independent, international artist. 

Safe practice. In conjunction with The Hive venue, SiD are offering these workshops following government guidelines and professional dance advice on safe dance practise during the Covid Pandemic.

To book your place on any of these workshops please email officesidance@gmail.com, letting us know which workshops you would like to attend. We will then let you know if a place is available and update you on any safety measures needed at the workshop.

Explore with SiD’ is funded by Arts Council England

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Dance Artists, Kris Saunders and Claire Reynolds participating in the AVS lab hosted by SiD – image by Ewen Macintyre

SiD Contemporary Dance Class on Zoom

Contact Dance Company dancers and guests have been taking part in a SID Contemporary Dance Class on zoom. The 1hr 15 minute weekly class led by Contact Dance Company dancer Poppy Mansfield is a chance to learn dance technique and move creatively in the comfort of your own home.

As well as joining in with dance sequences and creative tasks participants get to meet our company of dancers and share in the dance, together on screen.

The class takes place on Wednesday mornings and is suitable for people with and without disabilities with some dance experience. Places are limited and the class is popular but do contact us if you would like a place in the class. officesidance@gmail.com

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

The Launch of SiD’s Highflyers Youth Dance Company

We are thrilled to launch Highflyers Youth Dance Company – our new Inclusive Youth Dance Company based in Shrewsbury. Aimed at 11-19 year olds who love to dance, this is an opportunity to be part of an exciting, high-quality dance company taught by great artists.

We are launching with a FREE taster workshop on Wednesday 1st April, 5:45-7:15pm.

If you’re interested, get in touch to find out more.
Email Anna on youthsidance@gmail.com

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