Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SID) is seeking two D/deaf, physically disabled or neurodivergent dancers.

SiD is seeking two dancers who are D/deaf, physically disabled or neurodivergent, to join our inclusive performance company
Contact Dance for SiD’s Pop Up performance project.

The dances will be made with our inclusive performance company, Contact Dance, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The dances will be performed outdoors within urban, rural, festival and conference settings.

SiD is committed to inclusive dance practice. Since 2012, we have delivered distinct, exemplary, creatively driven dance projects and weekly classes that promote community cohesion and inclusion.
SiD’s core values are inclusion, respect, quality, connection, artistry and enjoyment.

Terms: We are offering a total freelance fee of £2,250, plus agreed, travel, accommodation reimbursement and support with access requirements.

Days: 14 days total, to include:
Introductory workshops, dates in March & April 2023 (2 days total).
Devising and performance period from May 31st – June 24th, 2023
(3 days per week).

Additional performance dates:
You will be asked to perform at 3 events, during summer 2023 (dates yet to be confirmed). You will be required to attend a re-rehearsal day and paid an additional fee for this work.

Deadline for applicants 5pm, 30th January, 2023
Applicants will be shortlisted and selected candidates will be asked to attend a creative audition in Shrewsbury on 21st February 2023.

To find out more information or to apply for the post please read or download the application packs below.

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Shropshire inclusive Dance is looking for a choreographer

Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD) is seeking to commission a choreographer to create a new bold and original series of three inclusive dance works for outdoor dance spaces.

We are looking for a dedicated, passionate choreographer, who is open to exploring new approaches to dance making and embraces creating inclusive dances with performers who are disabled and non-disabled. 

The dances will be made with our inclusive performance company, Contact Dance, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The dances will be suitable to be performed in outdoor or indoor spaces within urban, rural, festival and conference settings.

The choreographer will create a series of works, made up of two duets and one trio, on an agreed theme with an inclusive cast.

SiD is committed to inclusive dance practice. Since 2012, we have delivered distinct, exemplary, creatively driven dance projects and weekly classes that promote community cohesion and inclusion. SiD’s core values are inclusion, respect, quality, connection, artistry and enjoyment.SiD particularly welcomes applications from choreographers with disabilities.

Terms: We are offering a freelance commission fee of £4,000, plus agreed travel/ accommodation reimbursement and support with access requirements.

Days: 16 days total, to include:

Planning and introductory workshops dates in February & March 2023
Making & devising period from May 31st – June 24th, 2023
(3 days per week)

To find out more information or to apply for the post please read or download the application packs below.

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SiD’s ‘Dancing Together Apart’ exhibition opens at Shrewsbury Museum

Come along to the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to view our exhibition,
‘Dancing Together Apart’.
The Exhibition can be viewed in the venue’s beautiful balcony space which is on the 3rd floor and accessible by lift.
This exhibition continues at SMAG until Friday September 30th.

In 2020 Shropshire Inclusive Dance commissioned photographer Ming De Nasty to capture images of Contact Dance Company members dancing at home. Ming’s moving portraits capture dancers participating in zoom classes and performing their own choreographed solos.These stunning images, set in the background of their own home, form a powerful exhibition. The exhibition reveals the dancer’s connection with their homes, their families and their love of dancing.

The four featured dancers are Andrew Kelly, Ellie Taylor, Chloe Shepherd and Mervyn Bradley (pictured above).

The Museum is open from 10am – 4pm and entry is free
Full details of how to find and access Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery can be found here https://www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/smag/

Create class celebrates its first term at The Hive

Our ‘Create’ group had its final class of the autumn term last week. This term we have really celebrated the joys, creativity and connection in moving and dancing together. There have been some beautiful dances, giant leaps forward and much shared laughter. Huge thanks to the participants, they’re carers, the creative team and everyone involved in the class. There are a few places in this Wednesday morning class for next term, we particularly invite people with disabilities who need extra support in participating. Big thanks go to Condover Ciollege who have supported their residents in attanding the classes, Musician Mani Wells who has played beautiful live music and the SiD team Ray Jacobs and Becky Pringle

Contact Dance Company perform Skirting Around The Edge

On Friday 24th September, Contact Dance Company performed a new duet as part of the FEAST Festival in Malvern. ‘Skirting Around The Edge’ performed by dancers Beth Gardiner and Anna Belyavin, is a lyrical exploration of connection and boundaries. The two dancers navigate the space, exchange glances and like so many of us during this time, experience being together after a long time apart.

The packed FEAST festival audience who were enjoying a sublime selection of poetry, music, performance art and physical comedy were entranced by the dance piece and the dancers. The audience were there with the dancers for every swing, turn, leap, touch and thanked them with rapturous applause at the end of the piece.

Skirting around the Edge, directed by SiD’s co-artistic director Rachel Liggitt was accompanied by the beguiling music track ‘Vardeldu’r by Signor Ros. Contact Dance Company continue to make dances which share the power and importance of human connection at a time when everyone needs it.

Shropshire Inclusive Dance are accepting bookings for this new work please contact directorsidance@gmail.com with enquiries.

Images by Ray Jacobs

Highflyers dancers participating in the Beyond Borders 2021 project

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 2020Beyond 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 – 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

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.