Thursday, 24 November 2011

Freefall Dance | Open Workshop in Penzance

OPEN DANCE WORKSHOP | Focussing on the body in flight 

VENUE: Humphry Davy School, (Drama Hall) Coombe Road, Penzance TR18 2TG

Sunday 11th December 2011 | 11am - 1.00pm
Adults: 16+ | £8.50 Full | £6.50 Cons

A workshop that moves at a reasonable pace to incorporate all abilities. The workshop will include a warm up, creative work and an opportunity to work in partners on more weight sharing and 'flying' partnering work. Based on techniques including release and flying-low. In other words: jumping, diving, falling, flying and catching combined in high energy sequence and partnering work.
For all abilities: from complete novices to teachers, training dancers and more experienced professionals

Booking Essential | Book by Wednesday November 30th 
Email us to reserve your place! 

Led by: Emily Dobson and Grace Sellwood
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Freefall dance classes have been running since Autumn 2010, from our base and home in Falmouth. We offer an opportunity for individuals to train and experience high quality contemporary classes and workshops within a group environment, delivered with a professional, but ultimately enjoyable approach.

Off the back of our successful weekly classes Freefall Dance have also started to deliver one off workshops, performances, and in 2011 established our Freefall Summer School in partnership with The Works and University College Falmouth.

If you would like to be added to our database and receive our regular Newsletter with information about our classes, workshops, events and hot off the press developments please contact us:  

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Freefall Dance Classes | Autumn Term

Freefall Dance Classes have returned with this terms Open and Advanced level classes running up until Christmas.

The term has already started, but if you haven't been to one of our classes, or haven't been in a while please just come along, we would love to work with you. This year has been a rollercoaster of classes, performances, workshops and our Freefall Summer School in partnership with UCF and The Works.
So come and get involved, meet like minded people, get fit, and join us for a Christmas social drink to celebrate 2011.

Freefall Dance | Open Class | Beginners to advanced
Time: Monday Nights | 6.30pm - 8pm
*** (14th and 21st Novemeber 7.15pm start)
Venue: King Charles Parish Church Hall (Upstairs), New Street, Falmouth. TR11 3HX.
Cost: £6/£4.50 

"A Class that moves at a reasonable pace to incorporate all abilities."

14th November (*** 7.15pm - 8.30pm - Downstairs)
21st November (*** 7.15pm - 8.30pm - Downstairs)
28th November
5th December
12th December (Christmas Drinks afterwards)

Freefall Dance | Advanced Class
Time: Tuesday Nights | 6.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Studio H, The Performance Centre, UCF.
Cost: £6/£4.50

"For professionals, graduates, teachers, training dancers. A fast paced, technical and challenging class."

15th Novemeber
22nd November
29th November
6th December
13th December

Christmas Drinks | 12th December | 8.30pm
The Chainlocker
To celebrate the end of a fantstic year we will be having a social get together in the comfort of The Chainlocker, overlooking Falmouth Harbour. It will be a chance to chat and catch up with other members of the classes and have a well earned mulled wine in celebration of the Christmas break and the New Year. All are welcome.
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Music Video Cameo | Severed Dreams by Ruarri Joseph

Last weekend saw the 10th Cornwall Film Festival, held at The Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay.
Amongst many of the awards given as part of it's celebration was the 'Made in Kernow' category, which was awarded to filmmaker Ian Bucknole for his music video 'Severed Dreams' with musician Ruarri Joseph.

Please watch the video below, it's absolutely beautiful and has been an internet hit, so please share! It's about childhood dreams and imaginary friends, with stunning music and cinematography. The title track is from Ruarri Joseph's album 'Shoulder to The Wheel', which is out now:

Following on from 'Severed Dreams', Ian's latest music video is also below, a cover of Christina Aguilera's 'Genie in a Bottle' by John Smith, the single shot film is brilliant, so please share and enjoy!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Cscape | Global Gardens Film Premiere

This Friday 28th October at The Poly Arts Centre 
7.30pm | Tickets: £5 | To book:  01872 261770

"With 5 nights of stunning evening performances by Cscape’s team as well as 4 daytime programmes of activity produced by students from 35 schools and a Community Dance Company of 100 dancers.  The week long celebration, that was part of the Cultural Olympiad RELAYS programme, took place in early July 2010 at the stunning site of Trebah Gardens, a wild sub-tropical ravine that magically stretches down a valley to the waters edge of the Helford Estuary" 

It's going to be a stunning and beautiful documentary, I can't wait to see it and reminisce with everyone over a glass of of my all time favourite projects I was lucky enough to be a part of alongside some amazing dancers, actors, visual artists and musicians.

Children's workshop at 4 pm | Screening 7.30 pm 
The film will be followed by an 'Auction of Promises' fundraiser with an evening of entertainment.
See a fabulous film and support Cornwall's flagship dance company in it's bid to raise funds. 

Please follow the link to see the trailer. Courtesy of Cscape and the fabulous filmmaker Brett Harvey. 
Full documentary film by Brett Harvey and Ian Bucknole. 

Monday, 26 September 2011

Performing 'Breathe' at Watch This Space | Exeter Northcott Theatre

Tomorrow evening, 27th September we will be performing a scratch version of the newly developed duet 'Breathe' performed by Grace Sellwood and myself. We've recently been working on the piece as part of the Development Project, this will be our first performance and even though it's in it's raw and bare bones state, we're really looking forwards to putting it in front of an audience!

With original music by Luke Robinson and film projection by Brett Harvey the piece will be performed alongside other regionally based pieces of work, with an informal Q and A after the show, it would be great if you're in the area to come along and give us some feedback.

We are at the beginning of developing the piece, and really appreciate audiences thoughts and comments. Please see the link below for further information about how to book tickets....

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Development Project | Eflyer

As part of a new collaborative venture working with live dance, film, music and photography to develop work for live performance taking place at University College Falmouth over the next few weeks, we would like to invite you to share in and give feedback on the work that we will produce and perform live as part of two scratch nights.

The project, which also includes classes for advanced dancers  is funded by The Arts Council England and supported by University College Falmouth and The Works.

(For further information please see the flyer below)

Dancers: Grace Sellwood, Robert Mennear, Emily Dobson
Filmmaker Brett Harvey
Musicians Luke Robinson and Sophy Smith
Photographer Kevin Clifford
Directed by Emily Dobson

Monday, 8 August 2011

Arts Council England | Confirmation of Funding.

In June I submitted a Grants for the Arts application to the Arts Council to develop a project with a team of dancers, a musician and filmmaker. The 'Artist Leadership and Skills Development Project' is a chance to develop technical skills, a physical language and to develop movement ideas and choreography for potential future work. 

I've just had confirmation that my application has been sucessfull, which is absolutely fantastic news. The application has been supported by The Works Dance and Theatre Cornwall, University College Falmouth, The Barbican Theatre (Plymouth), Abigail Reeve (Stop Gap Dance Company), and Cath James. Also a huge thank you to my mentor Lois Taylor for supporting the application.

The Project will take place at University College Falmouth, at the Performance Centre later on this year. We will be opening morning class up to dancers in the region and also be holding open sharing's of the work being produced.

Please contact me if you want to be kept informed of any of the classes and sharing's 
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Monday, 18 July 2011

Commission - Moving With The Tide | Fal River Festival

As part of the Falmouth River Festival celebrations, The Works commissioned five artists to create and perform work on June 1st. Myself and co-collaborator, dancer Robert Mennear were awarded one of the commissions which formed part of the 'Moving With The Tide' programme of performances. Our piece 'Hush Hush', was created in collaboration with violinist Amie Willingale and performed at various points throughout the day along the banks of the River Fal.

The duet was also performed at On The Wire - Dance and Art event, and is currently in development to be performed at festivals and platforms in 2011/12. 

Freefall Dance Summer School

Last week Freefall Dance launched a 3 day intensive Summer School combining technical training, creative workshops and marketing and promotional skills delivered as a professional development opportunity for the independent dancer and dance makers.

The intensive was co-produced by The Works, University College Falmouth and Freefall Dance, and supported by Relays. The Summer School was hosted by University College Falmouth at their studios at the Performance Centre, near Falmouth, delivering technical class and creative sessions for advanced and intermediate level dancers:

Leading artists:
Victoria Fox (Jasmin Vardimon, Candoco)
Cai Tomos (Earthfall Physical Theatre)
Kuldip Sing-Barmi (DV8, Candoco)
Rahel Vonmoos (Charles Linehan, Rosemary Butcher)

The three days were a fantastic opportunity to bring together dancers from across Cornwall, The South West and the UK, to take part in and share an opportunity to work with some incredible practicing artists. The Business Skills seminars were an invaluable resource opening up discussions and exchanging information. Delivered by The Works, and Sally Williams (Cscape Dance Company) they offered a realistic approah to applying for funding, working freelance and business development skills for setting up a company.

If you would like any further information about future Freefall dance classes, workshops and intensives, please contact us via our facebook page or!/event.php?eid=151538911586588

Monday, 13 June 2011

On The Wire - Dance and Art event

 On Saturday June 11th myself and two other dancers, Grace Sellwood and Robert Mennear curated a live dance and art event at The Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth. It was a truly special evening with all of the performers and artists involved spending time creating and sharing their work. The artist led evening hosted some incredible original work and documentation of projects including 'Five Songs on The Rooftops' (Angela Praed) and 'Global Gardens' (Cscape). It also provided a platform for professional and emerging choreographers to show their live work, as part of the selected short pieces performed as part of the evening.

The evening had 100 audience members, and played host to artists including Cscape, Angela Praed, Belinda Whiting, John Trigg, Steve Tanner, Melanie Young, Kevin Clifford, Mark Jenkin, Brett Harvey, Mark incredible collection of inspiring and beautiful work. We couldn't have asked for a better evening, a huge thank you to all that helped make the evening possible.

We hope the event can come back next year, please keep in touch via our facebook page, further information coming soon...

Bouncing Around

Earlier this year I applied for a Dance Card to support training and CPD in Aeriel and Release techniques, and was successful, awarded funds by The Works to support my time researching and developing skills with Wired Aerial at their base on the Docklands in Liverpool and at The Place, home of LCDS in London.

So...I found myself bouncing around on the end of a bungee, especially designed for 'bungee assisted dance' a technique created by Wendy Hesketh and Jamie Ogilvie. It's an incredible experience for anyone, literally being lighter than air, but especially as a dancer spending time training on the floor and on the vertical wall, leaping through the air and now I've got the bug, I'm hooked. It's an incredible feeling as a dancer to have a whole other level of freedom and space to explore physically. The company work on huge outdoor, large scale commissions and performances that travel to various festivals.

Please see their website for further details of their work and training opportunities.

Taking place at The Place, at this years Easter School, the Dance Card supported my training in release based classes, research and a chance to see the latest work being developed at Independent Dance (ID) and take part in Hofesh Shecter workshops with two of the companies dancers.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Dance On Film

DiSPLACEMEMENT (2009) is officially on tour!
The Dance For Camera short film directed by Brett Harvey and choreographed/performed by myself, was screened during 2010 at the Busho Film Festival, Budapest. Since then it was screened at the Artkino Film Festival in Moscow, and is now currently on tour with the festival to cities across Russia.

Previous screenings include:
Cornwall Film Festival
'Dance Bytes' Festival (Falmouth)
The Big Screen (Plymouth City Centre)
In the Flesh (Barbican Theatre, Plymouth)
'Merge' Dance and Film Festival (Exeter)

We will be creating a new dance for camera short 'Breathe' for The Cornwall Film Festival's 'Big Pitcher' event 2011. With original music by Plymouth based artist, Luke Robbinson, filmed and edited by Brett Harvey, choreographed by myself and performed by Grace Sellwood (GEKco Dance Company) and Emily Dobson. Filming will start on a cliff top/beach/town somewhere in Cornwall very soon...

Total Theatre Project - Belfast.

I've just got back from Belfast, working on a two week project with three companies, 10 performers, three shows and a whole heap of intensive workshops, which culminated in a sharing of ideas and work at The Grand Oprah House in Belfast City Centre.

The Total Theatre Project is a new venture. Please follow the link for more information about the project: 

I was working as one of the performers in the ensemble, a cast, based in Ireland of dancers, actors and musicians with various cross disciplinary skills. The three companies leading the project; Tinderbox Theatre Company, Assault Events and Theatre Abandon are all based in Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. The companies all produce either dance or theatre based performance work,  and  with the ensemble of performers spent two weeks experimenting through various workshops, with a team of writers and designers to create scripted scenes, physical sequences, devised and improvised character and text based work. Images and video footage of some of the final work produced during the project will be posted soon, so watch this space!...

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Collaborative Ventures - Music.Film.Dance.Art.

In 2009 musicians Dom Lawton (Kneehigh, Dom Coyote Music), Emily Barker, (Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo),  filmmaker Brett Harvey (O-region) and myself started working on the collaborative venture "Vena Portae". After a three-week residency as part of  Kneehigh Theatres ‘Asylum’ programme at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) Emily Barker and Dom Lawton created Vena Portae,  a collaborative project with artists from several other disciplines. As part of the research for the project Dom and Emily travelled to Cornwall where along with Brett Harvey and myself, explored cross disciplinary ideas at various sites in Cornwall (Geevor Mines, The Eden Project and the China Clay Pits), with a view to creating potential future performances.

This research period is documented in a wordpress site written by Emily and Dom, including photos (Emily Dobson) and a short film (Brett Harvey). Please follow the link below to visit the Vena Portae's wordpress site.

Dom and Emily are also currently touring and performing across the UK, at various venues, visit their sites below take a peak and a listen at their work if you haven't already...

Dom Lawton:
Emily Barker: