Value your work and empower yourself – meeting led by Konstantina Skalionta and Lucia Schweigert
At our sixth professional development meeting we talked about the fact that often emerging choreographers take unpaid or underpaid opportunities to show their work. While we believe there should be adequate payment, for this meeting we decided to work with the current reality and explored how, under the given circumstances, you can make sure you receive what you need and feel respected and valued at all times when accepting such opportunities.
As we approach winter more and more people will be drawn to the festivity and comfort of going to the theater but before buying those pantomime tickets here are a few other events we have our eye on. We’ve chosen to put these shows on your radar for their innovation and variety as well as them being a platform for new artists of every gender and individuality. So support your emerging choreographers by checking out a few of these shows. We know we’ll be there. Continue reading “What to see this winter”→
On June 15th we held our fourth professional development meeting. The theme was funding with a focus on Grants for the Arts by Arts Council England. We invited guest speakers Rachel Johnson and Monica Nicolaides, who have both applied to GftA.
Both Monica and Rachel were very generous and we cannot thank them enough for sharing the wealth of their experience with the attending choreographers and us.
Monica Nicolaides very generously shared her time and experience with us as a guest speaker at our most recent professional development meeting about Grants for the Arts at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. You will be able to read up on it soon. We asked her about her projects, how she works, and if she could give any final advice for those wanting to progress as choreographers.
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Discovering your brand as a choreographer by Megan Preston
As it’s the anniversary of our first network meeting, here’s our write-up of the event. Better late than never 😉 At our very first network meeting in May 2015 Megan Preston spoke to us about discovering our brand as choreographers.
As the runners of Kaleidoscopic Arts we are of course feminists. Do we believe that there is systematic sexism at work in the British or the wider dance world? Do we believe some individuals intentionally try not to have women empowered within the dance world? The truth is we don’t know. We might like to know, but what we think really matters is this:
Do we see women’s perspectives and stories or not? Do we see them enough or not?
The answers to those questions are more or less “no, we don’t – sometimes we see them a little bit” and that’s not good enough for us, so we think there is a problem.