Choreographic Observership Opportunity 2018 with Casson & Friends

**OPPORTUNITY**

Choreographic Observership Opportunity 2018 with Casson & Friends

Choreocract Screenshot.jpg

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 36 - Seb Lee-Delisle

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

We've been working together for a year or two to develop interesting ways to figure out how we can use technology to encourage audiences to actively engage with dance. We've had a few R&D sessions, now culminating in our first trial of a new show "Choreocracy" where the audience gets to influence the dancers in real time through their mobile phones. It's a really fun show, and Tim and I both share a desire to make work that is as entertaining, unpretentious and accessible as possible.

What do you love about dance?

In modern society it's not usually the done thing to express ourselves physically. There's more talking than moving, and I spend most of my time sat typing at my computer! So it can be incredibly powerful to see people using their bodies to convey emotion. It's such a joy to work with dancers, it's so different from the people I usually work with. 

What song always makes you dance?

Ohhhh too many to choose from. I was a bass player in a band for many years so I am a groove fanatic. Le Freak by Chic is a favourite - the long instrumental in the middle with the driving bass from Bernard Edwards. Amazing :) 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

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

I have a new stage show called Hacked On Classics, it's a really fun celebration of retro technology, given a modern makeover using cutting edge technology. Oh and lasers, lots of lasers. I talk about how classic old games and gadgets worked, stuff like the original Asteroids game, Casio VL-Tone keyboard and Nintendo Zapper gun (which I've fitted with a powerful laser). It's part of the official closing celebrations for the Brighton Digital Festival and it's at The Old Market in Hove on the 28th September. Tickets at hackedonclassics.com

Find out more about Seb's Work here, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Joyful Genius Seb Lee-Delisle

Joyful Genius Seb Lee-Delisle

The Dancers in rehearsal for  #Choreocracy

The Dancers in rehearsal for #Choreocracy

Seb's Project  Pixel Pyros  (He loves a laser!)

Seb's Project Pixel Pyros (He loves a laser!)

#FriendsFriday 34 - Joe Garbett

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

I am part of Choreocracy – the unpredictable, high tech and thrilling dance event controlled and chosen by the public. I am one of three dancers that will be performing in the first stages of the project that aims to create a truly democratic performance event. As a performer we have to be on our toes and ready for the viewer to channel hop to the next dance programme. The R & D week forced me to dig up talents lost along the way and spend afternoons talking about the movement technique of a dinosaur. 

What do you love about dance?

So many things that bring entertainment in life these days rely on being plugged in, or paying to update or enhance the experience. Moving/dancing with your body is something that you have pure control over – it is your brain that controls the subconscious improvised decisions and your life/daily experience is what responds and takes over. When the connections from brain to body are seamless and this primal force takes over, it is the most euphoric and addictive experience. 

What song always makes you dance?

Outkast – Morris Brown

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working with Made By Katie Green on 'The Imagination Museum', which is great project that attracts the general public into amazing spaces to learn and watch high quality dance and theatre work. From September I will be guest lecturer at the University of Chichester where I originally trained.

My current project No.Company, which questions whether a dance work can be created alone and performed together, will hopefully have a run of performances in October/November and plans for a new outdoor site specific work for Summer 2017 get underway. aKa Dance Theatre Company that I co-founded have exciting plans for the Autumn and Winter, potentially including a new performance platform based in the South West - so watch this space. I also will eat more Oreos than are produced and keep buying ridiculous sunglasses. 

Find out more about Joe here and more about his company aKa Dance Theatre here!

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

Joe Garbett in Action

Joe Garbett in Action

More of Joe with his infamous Solo

More of Joe with his infamous Solo

#FriendsFriday 32 - Chloe Mead

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

I am part of The Dance WE Made team, which is made up of some really wonderful people, I have so much fun meeting and working with them all! I've also most recently been working with Tim on 'Choreocracy'....very exciting, watch this space!

What do you love about dance?

I love the sense of escapism for everyone involved.

What song always makes you dance?

Rihanna - Pon de replay - there's no stopping me!

 Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What else are you working on at the moment?

Coming up I've got more TheDanceWeMade'ing (!) and Choreocracy with a sharing in Brighton at the end of September. Then, after a quick sun soak in Manorca, I'll be working with English National Ballet on a schools outreach project before and intensive rehearsal period with Ceyda Tanc Dance, who create contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, check us out here!

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

 

 

 

Chloe in rehearsals for 'Choreocracy'  

Chloe in rehearsals for 'Choreocracy'  

Chloe dancing with Ceyda Tanc Dance

Chloe dancing with Ceyda Tanc Dance

#FriendsFriday 31 - Hannah Rotchell

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I was a member of JV2 that Tim was course leader for.  I loved the way in which he worked and we stayed in contact, eventually leading me to become involved with Casson & Friends. I'm currently involved in research for new project Choreocracy.

What do you love about dance?

I love the creativity and theatricality within dance. I love exploring new ideas and developing the older ones - the constant layering of knowledge and experiences is great. So many different companies offer something new and allow you to always keep growing as an artist and learn more about yourself. I love the multidisciplinary aspect of dance - the need to be versatile really excites me! 

What song always makes you dance? 

I have many but my top 3 would be; 

1) Proud Mary - Tina Turner
2) Dog days are over - Florence and the Machine
3) Don't stop me now - Queen 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

What are you working on at the moment? 

Well, it's different bits and pieces which is really good fun. Aside from working with C&F, I have been performing with Stopgap Dance Company in the piece, 'Bill and Bobby', a duet with Dave Toole. I will be returning in November to do a few more performances of this. I am now working with Stopgap on a project for the Torch ceremony in relation to the Paralympics, which will be performed at Stoke Mandeville stadium and aired live on Channel 4 on September 2nd 2016. I am also in the early stages of possibly taking over one of the Stopgap youth groups in Kent to become an Independant teacher of the group using Stopgaps new syllabus IRIS.  This therefore would allow me to ensure the group can develop and gain new opportunities as well as branch out to other areas in Kent about inclusive dance.  In September I will be joining Springs Dance company to tour a new work by Darren Ellis - 'The Magic Paintbrush' which will tour on an off between October 2016-March 2017. 

No holidays booked as yet, I am working on it... Maybe one in the new year... However, my partner and I are getting a new kitten which is of course very very exciting! 

Catch Hannah in Choreocracy, previewing as part of Brighton Digital Festival in September and check out a film about her inclusive teaching here!

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