Highflyers dancers are pictured below dancing for film as part of the Beyond Borders 2021 project. The images taken by Hank and Margot capture the enjoyment and creativity of our dancers during this rainy day film shoot.
Beyond Borders is an ambitious region-wide participation Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG) project bringing together dance artists, aspiring young leaders, young people, digital artists and a variety of specialists to collaborate and produce an original work in response to #OnewithNature.
This theme was chosen by over 100 young people through a pilot #DanceConnect 2020. Beyond Borders 2021 is focusing on a creative enquiry approach to dance and digital collaboration and the unique experiences and perspectives of young people as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. The work will be premiered at Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) 2021.
Highfyers Youth Dance Company are supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund
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 21stwith Rachel Liggitt
November 25thwith Lizzy Le Quesne
January 13thwith 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@example.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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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.
What a fantastic week for SiD! Today we are shining a light on Anna Belyavin. Anna has been a SiD dance artist since the very beginning, way back in 2012. Anna leads our inclusive youth dance work, teachers Thursday nights, works on many aspects of our projects and is a fantastic performer – her many skills blow us away!
She also takes care of all our well-being. You are our rock and anchor Anna and we love having you in the company. Thank you.
Today we are shining a light on dancer Nick Robinson. Nick travels from Wales to England each week, on a Thursday, to attend SiD’s dance class. He leaves 2 hours ahead of the class to get to class on time and because public transport options are limited. He is passionate, dedicated and loves dance. He has been doing this since SiD began in 2012. Nick you are amazing. Each week we will shine a light on a dancer – their commitment, their passion.