On style, movement language and working processes as a choreographer

Interview with Michaela Cisarikova of MCDC

On the weekend of the first May Bank Holiday Breakin’ Convention took place once again at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Founded by Jonzi D. “Breakin’ Convention is the award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner. Working with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists, Breakin’ Convention seeks to position hip hop dance alongside more historically established art forms, through our world-renowned international festivals, professional development, youth projects and educational programme.” ~ http://breakinconvention.com/about-us

This year, Michaela Cisarikova, artistic director and choreographer of Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company, was invited to showcase her work ‘aLove Story’ and we joined the festival to see her work and experience the excitement, thoughtfulness and excellence of hip hop dance theatre.

We were struck by the beauty of Michaela’s work and we were curious to learn more about her work and her movement language.

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© Imoje Aikhoje – Michaela Cisarikova performing ‘aLove Story’

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Sixth network meeting for professional development

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.

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On sacrifice, opportunity, bureaucracy and bringing about change

Susan Kempster’s work ‘Black Widow’ was showcased as part of this year’s Resolution, The Place’s annual festival for emerging artists. Amongst other themes the piece tackles the issue that dance artists do very little dancing, but lots of other work. It is part of our mission to enable artists to grow artistically and to help them understand and be efficient with all the other work they need to do to make their career work. Therefore we wanted to hear more about Susan’s ideas.

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Susan Kempster and Nicholas Minns in ‘Black Widow’

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Emerging or ‘Impressing the Grand Duke’

As part of Resolution 2017, The Place’s annual festival for emerging artists, Simone Mousset and Elisabeth Schilling performed ‘Impressing the Grand Duke’, a piece about everything to do with the process of “emerging”. Since Kaleidoscopic Arts’ mission includes supporting emerging artists, we wanted to know more about Elisabeth’s and Simone’s ideas.

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Photo: Bohumil Kostohryz

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Supporting the difficult transition from student to professional choreographer

“linger/beyond: dance works get a new life” at London Studio Centre

Kaleidoscopic Arts congratulates London Studio Centre’s latest choreographic residency project: linger/beyond: dance works get a new life

Ten choreographers (London Studio Centre alumni students) were engaged in a 3-week residency at artsdepot in order to revisit or create brand new works to be presented at artsdepot’s Pentland Theatre on Thursday 6th of October 2016.

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Why focus on female choreographers?

Women were the founding mothers of modern dance and well into the 1980s women lead the development of modern and post-modern dance. A New York Times article by eminent dance writer Roger Copeland in 1980 gives a good introduction to the domination of women in the modern and post-modern dance world.

Contemporary dance on the contrary seems to be dominated, not in quality and quantity, but in publicity and popularity, by male choreographers. Continue reading “Why focus on female choreographers?”

Fifth network meeting for professional development

Articulate your work – workshop led by Konstantina Skalionta

At our fifth professional development meeting Konstantina lead a workshop in which the participants worked on articulating their dance work and artistic vision in writing.

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