What Moves You? is the first project delivered by What Moves You CIC Company Number 690771
Thanks to a Creative Scotland Sustaining Creative Development Award, funding from The William Syson Foundation, Crowdfunder Supporters and the 4 partner venues - The Brunton, Byre Theatre, Lyra and Lyth Arts Centre - What Moves You? has been connecting with people all over Scotland.
Working in collaboration with fellow Dance Artists Skye Reynolds, Julia McGhee and Niamh O’Loughlin, we have led online, outdoor and indoor movement sessions and made solos for presentation near each of the venues:
Saturday 12 June - Niamh near The Brunton, Musselburgh
Saturday 26 June - Skye near Lyra, Craigmillar, Edinburgh
Sunday 27 June - Dawn near The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Saturday 10 July - Julia near Inver and Balintore with future performances at Lyth Arts Centre by Wick
to date (6 July)...
We've reached 229 people through 25 workshops with more to come.
We've collaborated with fantastic costume designers, Alison Brown, Mona Kastell, Teo Alessandro and Aaron Macdonald. 172 people have enjoyed the performances - Photos soon!
We have shared skills in Movement Development, Workshop Design for Children and Young People, Feldenkrais, Seated exercise for older people and delivered a Presentation via Zoom and hosted by The Workroom.
Julia has created a lovely Seated Moves class and led 3 wonderfully engaging online sessions: for older people, a Primary School and a Nursery Group AND an Outdoor Session for 15 S2 pupils at Wick High School.
Skye & I led an Outdoor Chance Dance at Lyra and Skye has led 2 in person Nursery sessions - indoor and outdoor - with Quee accompanying on Bouzouki and Djembe. Quee made such an impression that the children were talking about forming a band as they left!
Niamh has led online and in person sessions for Brunton Youth Theatre participants and I've led Indoor Chance Dance in Newburgh and Lochgelly.
We'll keep you posted about how the short film is progressing and let you know about the launch as soon as we can.
In partnership with The Byre Theatre (image by Hazel Terry)
During lockdown in Summer 2020, Quee MacArthur and I created Sea Path as an online project.
We invited fellow freelancers, Hazel Terry (Visual Art) and Niamh O'Loughlin (Dance) to contribute their ideas.
A short performance video was filmed by Brian Hartley, featuring dancer Jade Adamson, on the Fife Coastal Path. Quee wrote a new sound score, with playing from musicians Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach.
The Sea Path video and Gallery can be seen on The Byre Theatre’s website http://byretheatre.com/events/sea-path/
We invited everyone to download Sea Path Routes from The Byre’s website, with prompts devised by the team to encourage writing, drawing, photography, film, painting, moving, singing… whatever inspired.
We offered introductory online workshops to meet the artists and asked everyone to share what they made on a Sea Path route.
We've been delighted by the responses to Sea Path, from all over the world, inspiring the creation
of The Anywhere Route. .
(Photo by Brian Hartley - L to R - Jade, Dawn, Quee and Brian)
Below is a 5 minute video I created in response to the music Sea Echo by Sally Adams, played by Elaine Rietveld.
Click the musical note to unmute.
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Career-long Professional Learning
I am passionate about dance and movement. With years of experience in delivery and design, I'll happily propose bespoke programmes of projects and CLPL for your cluster or school.
Building on the basics to create complexity.
Leading Dance Workshops
I enjoy delivering dance sessions for all levels of experience to maximise full engagement and build confidence.
As a former performer, I have experience in all aspects of artistic development from idea to studio to stage to outdoors.
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Aim of the film?
Dancebase R & D Online Residency May 2020
I looked for common threads and standout moves, for moments that piqued my curiosity.
I quickly became interested in the passing of energy from one dancer to another, becoming completely absorbed
by the attention to detail needed to ensure the movement flowed from one another.
My fascination in recognising the micro movements the dancers made before committing to the next move grew. Imperceptible in real live life, on screen I could see the flick of a finger, a micro blink, an eyelid twitch,
a minute head move or a tiny shift of weight and then.... they're off!
Once I’d made an edit, I talked with Quee MacArthur, Composer and husband, about the idea of the sound being brash, inhuman, stark, uncomfortable and unmusical. Not words usually attributed to Quee's compositions!
I told him my rationale, vague ideas of landmark references, of where I thought there was space in the resulting
short film and where I imagined more driving, pushing through, energetic flow.
Quee quickly came up with the ideas of using reverb and delay as an analogy to the distance of the camera.
He wanted a slightly manic vibe, echoing the editing.
He programmed a track of underlying beats, using a moving low pass filter.
We talked about introducing real instruments and Quee used some audio from the dancers’ films which he processed.
I pushed for more bass. He is a bass player....
You can see these beautiful contributions from these generous dancers on Vimeo.
Password is Dancebase
Thanks to dancers Shannon, Niamh, Leanne, Jack, Alan and Ellis, to Dancebase
and to Quee MacArthur for composing the music.
Dancebase R & D residency online 2020
Dawn that video is incredible.
The movement really drew me in, and it was particularly cool to see the dancers in their different surroundings, and when they came up and eyeballed the camera it felt simultaneously startling, intimate
and gave this feeling of connection and closeness.
Especially impressive to achieve something at that level during an r&d in lockdown - well done!