Next Choreography 2014-15

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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In July we said a fond farewell to our lovely first cohort of the Next Choreography programme. It has been exciting to witness many big developments in their creative work and confidence over the last year and I wish them all well. Our final session together was a visit to the Barbican during that amazing Station to Station project, followed by a final discussion and then delicious dinner and drinks! It was brilliant!

In our final discussion, I asked everyone in the group to make one pledge/commitment to their on-going artistic practice over the next 6 months. And here they all are. Thank you all for a wonderful year, and good luck for everything that comes next!

Next Choreography 2014-15 End of Year Pledges
Amy M: To be constantly looking at things i.e processes, exhibitions and performances in a different light, and to continually ask myself questions specific to the the event but the process doesn’t have to be forced.
Emily G: To keep up my professional development, stay active, focused and curious and start making work with my friend/dance partner Leanne.
Elliot: To cross art forms when making work and to throw myself into new experiences as much as possible.
David: Teach 1 regular class, Dance 4 battles, Produce 2 works
Sasha: To find a regular dance class and go every week and also to make time to dance with friends.
Maddy: Push myself into other forms of art, rather than what I already know.
Sarah: To find a way to make everyone experience happiness through the arts!
Charlie: I will continue to question and follow the artistic roles of women.
Aura: I will keep on going!
Amy H: Put into action the ideas I’ve been working in on my project here so that they influence my discovery of a new urban landscape in Copenhagen. And to revive my Artist’s Way journey.

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Gearing up

Tomorrow is the finale of this first wonderful year of Next Choreography with our first Next Choreography Festival.  There will be performances, discussions, a writing seminar, a workshop, and installations. Plenty to get involved with and hopefully lots to feed your curiosity. The Next Choreography group will be hosting everything which is so exciting! It has been such a pleasure to work with this remarkable and thoughtful group all year and I wait with great anticipation to see what they all move on to next.

Tomorrow will be a celebration of the journey that they have travelled together and I hope that many of you can join us for some or all of the day. We start at 12noon with a writing seminar from dance critic, Sanjoy Roy and are open until 8.30pm – closing with Robbie Synge’s beautiful new work Douglas at 7pm. If you have not yet booked your ticket, then you still have time! BOOK HERE

Below are the last two weeks from our Book of Words.

Book of Words Term 3 Session 10
Book of Words Term 3 session 11
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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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Work In Progress – Looking towards July 4th


As one of the Next Choreography participants who will be presenting their own work at the Next Choreography Festival on the 4th of July, I’m beginning to really appreciate the complexities of producing something worthwhile!

My exhibition will focus on the lack of female choreographers and creative artists in Britain, examining why we have so many young women in dance training, yet a glaring absence of female choreographers.

Over the next few weeks, I will be interviewing various inspirational women in the Arts, including Siobhan Davies and Jude Kelly and gaining an insight into how these women got to where they are. For me, the chance to create this work is hugely important as it is a subject I am very passionate about, and as a young woman who wants to be a Choreographer and Artistic Director, I aspire to emanate such figures.

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Lucy Cash – film curation

We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming filmmaker and curator, Lucy Cash back last week. As part of the Next Choreography Festival we are planning to screen a selection of films and Lucy is supporting the curation of that aspect of the festival.

Exciting, mind expanding conversations were teased out through the session and I left excited, curious, uplifted and hugely impressed by my wonderful Next Choreography group – they are AMAZING! (Like a proud mother!)

Here is our book of words for the week and a picture from the discussion.

Book of words 5th May


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Kate Coyne visit and festival planning

It was really lovely to welcome Siobhan Davies Dance staff member, Kate Coyne to join us for our session on 28th April. Another insight into the work of the organisation, another fascinating career to hear about. We look forward to welcoming other members of the Siobhan Davies team later in the term to hear about them and what their role is.

We also spent some time during this session imagining up some of the activities that might take place during the Next Choreography Festival on 4th July. There are so many options and possibilities, I’m curious to see where we end up!

Here is our book of words from the session.

Ibook of word 28th April

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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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