#FriendsFriday 37 - LO:CUS Dance Theatre

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

We are LO:CUS Dance Theatre, an all female dance company based in Hull. We were selected to be one of Hull Dance's 'emerging artists'. Through this opportunity we were able to choose a mentor to help us with the choreographic and community outreach elements of this project. We met Tim earlier this year at Yorkshire Dance's, Dance Transports weekend and felt that he was the perfect match for the support we needed! 

What do you love about dance?

As cliche as it sounds, dance really does bring people together! We all met at our local professional class and not only have we made our company but we are all really good friends now. Other obvious things are that it's fun, exhilarating, liberating and allows you to communicate!

What song always makes you dance?

We can't stop listening to the Hot 8 Brass Bands cover of 'Sexual Healing', it's great and just really gets us in the 'dance zone'! 

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

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

We are currently working on our emerging artist piece, 'Whistle a Storm' which will be performed at the Hull Dance Prize on the 23rd of November. Alongside this, we are curating a workshop project with two different community youth groups; who will be performing alongside ourselves at the emerging artist platform later in January 2017. There are lots of exciting things coming up in Hull over the coming year with the City of Culture happening in 2017. Whilst working as a part of LO:CUS, each of us work independently as free lance dance and community artists, continually engaging in professional development via various dance/ arts based projects or study. 

Find LO:CUS Dance Theatre on Facebook and Twitter. Catch their new work at Hull Truck on 23rd November here!

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Tim with the LO:CUS Girls with their composer Joe Roper

Tim with the LO:CUS Girls with their composer Joe Roper

Images from LO:CUS Dance's 'The Worst Day Since'

Images from LO:CUS Dance's 'The Worst Day Since'

#FriendsFriday 18 - Anamaria Wills

Anamaria (far right) Inspiring Artists!

Anamaria (far right) Inspiring Artists!

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

I'm honoured to be mentoring Tim as part of the ELD Dance Enterprise programme.

What do you love about dance?

The profound beauty, the mix of movement and music, the humour, the unexpectedness

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

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify

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

Working with Martin Hylton, choreographer and founder /director of Gateway Studios, to do some fabulously exciting stuff over the next couple of years – as well as mentoring Tim and 6 other brilliant independent dance artists in professionalising their business practice and developing their careers

You can find out more about Anamaria's work here, and follow her on Twitter!

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#FriendsFriday 16 - The Hiccup Project

Christina and Chess in rehearsal for 'It's Okay, I'm Dealing with it." 

Christina and Chess in rehearsal for 'It's Okay, I'm Dealing with it." 

The Hiccups' Fab Logo (by Dan Stevenson)

The Hiccups' Fab Logo (by Dan Stevenson)

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

We are currently working with Tim as our mentor for our new show "It's okay, I'm dealing with it." - we knew he was the right man for the job!

What do you love about dance?

  • The endorphins
  • Letting go
  • Being silly
  • Connecting with people without using words...

A wise man named Ben once said to us 'say what needs to be said and dance the rest.' - we agree!

What song always makes you dance?

Dancing in the Moonlightt by Toploader

Listen to the #FriendsFriday playlist on Spotify 

What else are you working on at the moment?

We're currently working on our second show 'It's okay, I'm dealing with it.' which will premiere at Brighton Fringe 11th-14th May.

We're also getting ready to tour the UK with 'May-We-Go-Round?' this summer, including Edinburgh Fringe and London.

Find our more about The Hiccup Project and their work here, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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