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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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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Fourth network meeting for professional development

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.

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Fashion, consumption and shipping

Rose George’s Ted Talk ‘Inside the secret shipping industry’

Sometimes it’s good to step out for a moment, to look at our world and ask how it functions. There are many programmes that explain various aspects of life to children in simple ways, but not many that do the same for us grown-ups. How does it all work? For instance how does the fashion we buy arrive on the high street?

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First network meeting for professional development

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.

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What are your stories? What drives you?

Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’

The first post in this new series is a reaction to Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’ from March 2007 in which she “discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion” (Ted Talks). Please find the video and transcript by clicking on this link: https://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion

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Feminism, Kaleidoscopic Arts and our place in this world

Beginning a new blog series

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.

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