Posts By: Emily Jenkins

Week 5 – back in the studio

We return to the studio this week for a session with Charlotte Spencer. We’ve had a jam packed fortnight with a Sanjoy Roy leading a dance writing workshop, then going to see Paradise Lost by Ben Duke’s Lost Dog Dance, followed by Dan Canham’s Of Riders and Running Horses performance as part of Dance Umbrella Festival – time to reflect on these experiences by sharing and discussing together in the beautiful roof studio at Siobhan Davies Dance….

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Congratulations Charlotte!

This week we are celebrating the achievements of our fantastic Next Choreography Facilitator Charlotte Spencer, as she has just received a 4 star review in the Guardian from Judith Mackrell about her piece Walking Stories. http:// Running until the 31st October as part of Dance Umbrella- you’d be a fool to miss out!

How lucky we are, all Next Choreography participants past and present, to work with and learn from this exceptional artist every week!

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Amy Harris – Guest Editor for Run Riot Magazine

In the chaotic build up to Next Choreography Festival, Amy Harris was handpicked to guest edit Run Riot magazine and share her experiences about the course, as well as talk about her project titled A Re-Search.

Although we now find that the nights are drawing in as we’re inching our way into the winter months, meaning that July feels like a long time ago –  I felt compelled to share her article and invite you to reflect on the achievements of last years Next Choreography group.


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Work in progress- Emily Robinson

Emily, along with her dancers from Roehampton University, is seen here presenting her work in progress to the rest of the Next Choreography group. Using the interesting architectural design of Siobhan Davies Studios staircase, the dancers perform across all 3 levels of the building.

Using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process, Next Choreography participants fed back to Emily on her work as she continues to develop her performance piece during weekly rehearsals.

imageEmily will present her live performance work on Saturday 4th July at Next Choreography Festival – don’t miss it!!

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Emma Gladstone on Dance Programming

Last night’s Next Choreography session provided us with an insight into dance programming by the Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella, Emma Gladstone. Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, she spoke about what influences her choices around selecting dance work, and how she curates a large scale dance festival.

One of the most interesting subjects she spoke of, was what aspects she looks for in work to deem it worthy of selection. They are:

Personal – is the artist exploring something of themselves in their work

Distinctive – what makes it stand out from other works

Brave – is the artist taking a risk, pursuing a new direction in dance making

Articulate – does the work succeed in communicating what the artists intention is

I very much enjoyed meeting Emma and listening to her honest and often amusing anecdotes of working in this area of dance – here is a photo of her with the group and our book of words in response to the session…

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