I’ve been enjoying a maternity break since my second daughter was born at the end of last year but it’s time for more dancing so here are some classes I’ll be teaching in the coming months:
Sunday 17 September, Leeds Contact Improvisation, NSCD https://www.facebook.com/groups/ContactImprovisationLeeds/
Wednesday 20 September, Raised, Integrated Dance Company, Yorkshire Dance. https://yorkshiredance.com/project/raised/
Sunday 5 November, Improvisation Exchange Leeds, NSCD, http://improvisationexchangeleeds.weebly.com
Monday 13 November, Independent Dance, London, http://www.independentdance.co.uk
I will also be working with CoActive Wakefield on ‘Beyond Bounds’ an interactive installation dance performance exploring risk and freedom. The piece will be performed at Light Night Leeds on 5 and 6 October and Wakefield Cathedral on 25 November 2017.
Nativity, a dance film I made whilst pregnant is being screened in Performing Parenthood. The whole selection is available online until 31st March at http://www.diep.org.uk/diep-home/performing-parenthood-2017/
Rachel is performing as part of Precarious Assembly, an evening of performance and installation throughout the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.
6pm Thursday 4th August. Free
Between Earth and Sky is a response to Elizabeth Price’s curated exhibition of reclining and recumbent bodies.
I’ve been working with a fantastic group of parents and young children at Leeds City Museum. We are performing this Saturday 9th July, 3pm. Free, just turn up.
‘Together’ is a joyous dance performance created with and performed by very young children together with their parents/carers at Leeds City Museum. It is a celebration of movement, life and family.
Forthcoming open workshops are at Independent Dance (Monday 7th March), Templehof Contact Improvisation Festival (from 29 March to 3 April) and Improvisation Exchange (April 17th). I am continuing to teach classes for adults with learning disabilities at Yorkshire Dance, Leaps and Bounds and Pyramid of Arts. In June/July I am leading Dance Together a creative project at Leeds City Museum for under 5s and their parents/carers. Details of all these can be found in separate posts below.
Daliah Toure and I are in residency at Yorkshire Dance together with our toddlers over the next few months. We wish to continue with a long-term project working together with our children, investigating how our dance practice can continue with them and be led by our interaction with them. We are committed to developing our practice with our children; understanding how we can integrate them intuitively into our studio research. The work is supported by our knowledge of experiential anatomy and developmental movement.
Philosophising Improvisation is research project between philosophers at the University of Leeds Aaron Meskin and Jade Fletcher and dance artists Rachel Dean, Marie Andersen and Daliah Toure. It is funded by Ignite! There is a sharing of our research at the University of Leeds on Sunday 28 February.
A screening of Nativity and Whilst I’m Waiting, two short films I made whilst pregnant. The films will be followed by a talk/discussion about my experience of maternity and artistic practice. Saturday 12th March, Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds. More details at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153266993181924&set=gm.949891765107465&type=3&theater
For more information and booking please call 0113 262 6633 or https://nativityhub.wordpress.com
I am teaching an intensive at Templehof Festival in Germany 29 March – 3 April 2016 http://tempelhof-contactfestival.de
Journeying through Sensation
Particularly suitable for beginners, this Intensive is also for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of the foundation skills of Contact Improvisation. We will begin with attention to sensation, the means by which we gather information about our own body, our relationship with gravity and with other dancers. We will dance alone, in duets, trios and with the whole group. We will use a combination of specific scores, movement pathways and lots of dancing to introduce and develop skills such as listening, rolling, spiralling, modulating energy and release, pouring weight, offering support, following our impulses, self-responsibility and respect for self and others. There will be an emphasis on play, discovery and improvisation!