Choreographic Observership Opportunity 2018 with Casson & Friends

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Choreographic Observership Opportunity 2018 with Casson & Friends

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As Casson & Friends go into creation for their new interactive digital work, ‘Choreocracy’, they continue their commitment to artist development by offering 2 choreographic observerships.  

The scheme will offer 2 UK based artists the chance to spend 2 days with Casson & Friends, getting hands-on with the production, as the company bring their performance from studio to stage.

The opportunity will allow artists to take class with the company, observe studio rehearsals, run throughs, technical rehearsals and speak with members of the cast and creative team.

The opportunity is most suitable for choreographers / practitioners interested in collaborative, interactive and digital performance.

Dates: 8th May and 16th May 2018 in London and Ipswich.

Support: Casson & Friends are able to offer a contribution to each artist of up to £100, to cover their expenses and transport to and from the rehearsals.

To Apply: Please send a CV and covering letter (200 words max) describing why this opportunity is of interest and how it relates to your practice to: hello@cassonandfriends.com by Midday on Monday 30th April 2018.

Successful applicants will be informed by the 4th May 2018.

We particularly encourage artists from outside of the dance sector, and artists based in/around Suffolk to apply.

‘Choreocracy’ will Preview on May 18th at DanceEast, before touring later in the year. 

The production is commissioned by DanceEast and Supported by Theatre Delicatessen, South East Dance, and Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace Programme.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tim Casson is an Associate Artist at DanceEast (2018-2020).

More information about the company and it’s work can be found at cassonandfriends.com

#FriendsFriday 44 - Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis

 Lao is one cool dude!

Lao is one cool dude!

 Lao Likes an adventure, just like the guys in #NightAtTheTheatre!

Lao Likes an adventure, just like the guys in #NightAtTheTheatre!

 The Team!

The Team!

How are you/have you been involved with Casson & Friends?

I am currently standing in as a production manager for a couple of weeks of the Midlands tour of Night at the Theatre this spring. This is both exciting and a lot of fun — it's so great to see the same piece eliciting different responses from each audience, and to see so many young people being inspired and enthused by this piece. I get to drive the set from one place to another, which I love, and I get to do all the technical bits for the performance, with the help of the often fabulous staff at each venue we visit.

What do you love about dance?

As an artist, what I love about dance is that dancers work directly with their material: there are no words, musical instruments, etc to get in the way—the dancer is the dance! This makes it very grounded in the human body, gravity, etc, which I find fascinating. I also love it as a social practice, dancing is a very beautiful and playful way of getting people to move in rhythm together — much easier to dance the salsa with a stranger than to join a salsa band..

What song always makes you dance? (We have a a Spotify playlist!)

Wade in the Water by Eva Cassidy — I was learning lindy hop some years ago and this was one of the tunes I would practice with, so now it's stuck as the go-to song for lindy hop! 

Also I love music with irregular rhythms, Radiohead's 15 Step comes in mind.

In Finland I did a master in Global Music, so I came across and played a lot of music like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab2wV283ykk - this kind of very earthy, groovy music definitely gets those feet moving!

Last, but not least, I love Scandinavian (particularly Finnish) folk music, and together with a bit of social lindy hop and latin, is a kind of music I love because is so much intertwined with a social dance tradition, and I have danced to myself quite a bit.

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment? (Upcoming performances, exciting projects, holidays!)

In December 2017 I took part in an outrageous deconstruction and reconstruction of Beethoven's Violin Concerto Op.61 at The Old Dentist in Hackney. This was actually only just broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "Hear and Now" last week, and is still available for another few weeks! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tmhvc (at 54:10 there's an interview, to give a bit of context for the piece, and the actual music starts at 1 hour in).

I recently started working for Eden Project Communities, where I am part of a team developing a network of community projects and individuals across the UK. It's fascinating, because it's a very ambitious task (to create a self-sustained, resilient network of community initiatives), has a direct impact on the people in the network, and it means I get to meet a lot of ordinary people doing extraordinary things all over the country.

In 2014 I co-founded artArctica, an arts organisation in Helsinki, and I am still involved although this is now a bit in the back-burner because of other commitments. We are aiming to produce a CD-album with music recorded from festivals we produced sometime in the near future.

I am also learning the shakuhachi in my spare time, which I love because it brings together the breath, sound, and mindfulness, as well as my passion for Japanese aesthetics and philosophy. I am trying to learn a bit of Japanese on the side, which hopefully I can put into use when in the future I have the opportunity to take lessons from a Japanese master — this is a big project in itself!

Any links? (Links to your work, your company website, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud etc?)

You can find Lao on his Website, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter!

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team on Fridays with #FriendsFriday!

#FriendsFriday 43 - Andrew Gardiner

 Andy in motion!

Andy in motion!

 Rehearsals were all a bit much for Andy...

Rehearsals were all a bit much for Andy...

 "Hello...?"

"Hello...?"

How are you/have you been involved with Casson & Friends?

I have recently joined Night At The Theatre as a performer for the 2018 tour. Along the way I will also be learning how to deliver Casson & Friends workshops and The Dance We Made.

What do you love about dance?

I think that because there is always something to discover and work on I don’t easily get bored as with other things. It’s a passion where you really can follow your own interest within a wider context.

What song always makes you dance?

212 by Azealia Banks (its a little explicit) but it just never fails.

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment? (Upcoming performances, exciting projects, holidays!)

My biggest project this year is my Wedding that will happen in France in June. 

For work I will be rejoins Protein Dance and the work Border Tales that will be touring nationally in the UK and also internationally to Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Romania amongst others.

I have just finished a project with Curious Seed in Scotland called teenage trilogy also as a performer, this is set to tour autumn 2018. I will be back with Zoielogic Dance Theatre for upcoming works and artistic assistance.

You can find Andy on Twitter and Instagram.

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team on Fridays with #FriendsFriday!

#FriendsFriday 42 - Alice Sanders

 Alice Sanders - who is ace!

Alice Sanders - who is ace!

 Alice doing her thing in 'They Dance' (Photo by Gigi Giannella)

Alice doing her thing in 'They Dance' (Photo by Gigi Giannella)

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I created a dance show with Casson & Friends and it was the best fun! I used to be an audio describer, which means I described TV and film for visually impaired people. The idea for the show started with audio describing dance and the difficulties of translating dance into words, and went from there! 

 Alice doing her thing in 'They Dance' (Photo by Gigi Giannella)

Alice doing her thing in 'They Dance' (Photo by Gigi Giannella)

What do you love about dance?

I love that dancing is a different way to express yourself that isn't words! I also think it is an intrinsically pleasurable thing to do. When nobody is watching. When somebody is watching. When everybody is watching! In the words of David Bowie, let's dance. 

What song always makes you dance?

Oooh, I want to say something super cool but the honest answer is probably Mr Brightside by The Killers. 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment? 

I'm writing a web series and I perform in too many improv troupes. 

You can find Alice on Twitter  and read some of the awesome things she's written here!

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!

#FriendsFriday 41 - Alice Shepperson

 Alice Shepperson by Zoe Bradley

Alice Shepperson by Zoe Bradley

 Alice in Dirtmarket's 'The Dancebombing Project' -  Copyright DWC Imagery

Alice in Dirtmarket's 'The Dancebombing Project' -  Copyright DWC Imagery

 Alice in Dirtmarket's 'The Dancebombing Project' -  Copyright DWC Imagery 

Alice in Dirtmarket's 'The Dancebombing Project' -  Copyright DWC Imagery 

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I’m an access worker for Laura Dajao whilst she is performing in Night At The Theatre (NATT). I am also NATT's number 1 fan!

What do you love about dance?

The vibe that dance creates, internally and externally, makes me feel alive and healthy (physically and mentally). Dance is for everyone and anyone. It's so malleable; they're are endless possibilities, which is so exhilarating for me to do and watch. I am forever learning.

What song always makes you dance?

I find this THE hardest question, but today I’m going for Jax Jones- You Don’t Know Me ft. RAYE

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment?

Around Easter, I will be back with Dirtmarket, a dance company I joined last October as a main dancer. We will continue with ‘The Dancebombing Project', performing in Burton Upon Trent and sharing the work at the Curve in Leicester. 

Also, I will teaching and assisting for various other companies.

You can find Alice on Facebook and Instagram

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!

#FriendsFriday 40 - Matt Winston

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?    

I’ve been rehearsing and touring Night at the Theatre with the company - it’s a family show about three friends who wander into an apparently empty theatre, only to find an audience there expecting to see a show! Hilarity entails… 

What do you love about dance?

I’ve always loved dancing, from a very young age. It was the joy of throwing myself physically into movement that got me hooked. As I’ve grown (and calmed down a bit) I’ve increasingly come to relish the sense of being in tune with your body - understanding its mechanics and nuances - that Contemporary dance can offer. 

What song always makes you dance? 

Ooooh, there are so many. I’m going to have to go for a classic - a tune off my favourite album by my favourite band.

People Under the Stairs: The L.A. Song (Warning, explicit lyrics!)

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment?

I’ll be traveling to China for a few weeks soon to teach dance to some theatre students, which should be fun and involve lots of delicious food. I’ll be performing in Hull this Summer as part of the City of Culture celebrations with Protein Dance, in a street performance piece called Invisible Dancing. I will also be learning a two man version of the full scale show that I recently toured with Protein, May Contain Food. Otherwise I’m available for birthdays, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs!

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!

 

 

#FriendsFriday 39 - Claire Lambert

 Claire Lambert in Night at the Theatre (Image: Alicia Clarke)

Claire Lambert in Night at the Theatre (Image: Alicia Clarke)

 Claire Lambert in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

Claire Lambert in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I am currently working with Casson & Friends as a performer in Night at the Theatre and I’m really enjoying touring the show!

What do you love about dance?

I am fascinated by the differences between people, by hearing stories and understanding how life is experienced across cultures and continents. I believe movement is the most universal of languages. It has a wonderful power to bring people together and create genuine human connections that can turn out to be life changing interactions. 

What song always makes you dance?

At the moment, I am loving Chunky by Bruno Mars! How could you not boogie to that funk?! 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

 Claire Lambert in Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung Performance Co

Claire Lambert in Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung Performance Co

What else are you working on at the moment?

Spring is busy for me! I will be performing in a UK premiere with Summit Dance Theatre and touring Fall Out with Highly Sprung Performance Co (whom I also performed Urban Astronaut with last year) before heading out on tour with Casson & Friends! I'm also part of Angels in America playing at the National Theatre until August!

You can follow Claire on Facebook and Twitter

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!

 The lovely Claire Lambert

The lovely Claire Lambert

#FriendsFriday 38 - Laura Dajao

 Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Alicia Clarke)

Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Alicia Clarke)

 Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

 Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

Laura Dajao in Night at the Theatre (Image: Rhiannon Williams)

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I'm currently a part of the Night At The Theatre Cast for the 2017 Tour. 

What do you love about dance?

I love the way it makes me feel: whether it's watching a clip on youtube, dancing in an empty lift, or watching people completely forget where they are when the music takes over! The freedom to be whoever you want to be, however you want to be in whichever way you want to be! Pure awesomeness! Just makes me smile is all! 

What song always makes you dance?

General Levi - Incredible - always takes me back! 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

 Laura Dajao in Sardines Dance Collective's Me, Me, Me... and You?

Laura Dajao in Sardines Dance Collective's Me, Me, Me... and You?

What are you working on at the moment? (Upcoming performances, exciting projects, holidays!)

Currently enjoying touring NATT! I am also Associate Director of Sardines Dance Collective, the most current work is with Sardines Dance Collective: Me, Me, Me... and You? A fun duet about the competition in the Dance industry, how far are you willing to go to make it to the top?

In May, I'm planning on a Dance Holiday with Impact Dance to Escape 2017 - packed full of classes and sunshine! The last time I went it was pretty awesome so definitely looking forward to that! 

Find out more about Laura here, and learn more about Sardines Dance Collective or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!

We're looking for an access worker!

 

Access Worker – Job Description

To support the access needs of a wheelchair dancer on the Casson & Friends tour of 'Night at the Theatre', and additionally, to support the production team in any tasks required to help set up the show.

Competitive fee for work

This role entails:

  • Supporting the general access requirements of a performer

  • Helping to set up the performance space (under guidance from production team)

  • Supporting dancer in and out of the car by assembling and disassembling her wheelchair

  • Assisting with carrying belongings, dance kit, costumes and any other relevant equipment Dancer might need

  • Assisting where necessary over adverse terrain, cambers and slopes and with negotiating access in and around buildings

  • Helping change into dance shoes and/or change into dance gear

  • Assisting Dancer in class if needed. This may also include assisting Dancer to get in and out of her

    wheelchair (some experience of lift and handling procedures is preferable)

  •  Supporting Dancer in workshops, assisting where needed with music and helping to demonstrate

    exercises (some experience of dance preferable)

  • Occasionally travelling with Dancer on public transport, assisting with transfer onto seats/collapsing of wheelchair

  • Contacting rail operators to pre-arrange passenger assistance and ramps at stations as required.

  •  A variety of other tasks and errands, including fetching and carrying items where needed, food runs etc, including assisting to and from restaurants when away from home

    This role requires:

  • Occasional overnight stays

  • Prior experience of access work

    Person specification:

  • An interest in dance/performance. Although not essential, a specific interest in children's performance and interacting with children would be of benefit. There will be the opportunity to be more involved with the setup and running of the show for the right applicant.

  • Kind, patient and flexible

  • Willing to travel and work weekends

    The access worker must be available for the dates below.

    11th - 12th February
    15th February
    17th February

    24th - 26th February

    4th March
    12th March
    2nd April

    Closing date 11th January Interviews 18th January

    Please submit your CV and a covering letter to callum@cassonandfriends.com
    For more information about the show please visit http://www.cassonandfriends.com/theatre/

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#FriendsFriday 37 - New Friends in Quebec

Artistic Director, Tim Casson, Visited Montreal for Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) in September 2016. Check out some images from his travels!

The trip was made possible thanks support from Festival Quartiers Danses in Montreal, Dance East, Greenwich Dance and the Artists International Development Fund with Arts Council England and The British Council.