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 12 - Chloe B @ NSCD

Chloe B smiling away in rehearsal! (Photo: NSCD)

Chloe B smiling away in rehearsal! (Photo: NSCD)

How are you involved with Tim?

This week we are on Easter intensive at the Centre for Advanced Training scheme based at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, we are creating a piece with Tim, based on social media for our end of year show. We have used lots of different methods to create movement such as question and answer and contact work, from there we have developed our movements and ordered everything to finish the final piece. As well as that we have being doing technique/warm up work in the morning using games like 'Sound Ball' as well as improvising and learning fun movement phrases.

What do you love about dance?

I like to dance because it is an outlet for everything in my life, it helps me to express my emotions without having to sit down and talk. As well as that I like to dance because as I child I started dance classes because I couldn't sit still, so it's been something I have enjoyed doing for a very long time.

What song always makes you dance?

'I Just Wanna Live' by Good Charlotte

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify 

Check out what the NSCD CAT Students get up to by following their Instagram and Twitter feeds!

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