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The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), the Health Design Technology Institute (HDTI) and the Centre for Media Art and Performance (CeMAP) are working with Dance Art Foundation to deliver a dance-in-health professional development programme focused on Dance and Older People. We are looking for dance artists who wish to develop their skills and confidence to work in community settings, with those with dementia and older people with reduced, limited or no mobility due to health conditions.

Participants will receive an introductory training in dance-in-health practice, specialised training in dance and dementia and inclusive practice with leading practitioners, and a closely mentored opportunity to gain practical experience by delivering sessions in community settings.

Dance Connections aims to support the development of dance-in-health in the region by training artists and creating new partnerships. Our plans include a sharing and dissemination event at the end of the project, which is intended to generate future employment opportunities for participating artists.

The programme is free and will run from August to September 2009.

Ideal applicants will:

  • be aiming for, pursuing or currently engaged in a career in dance in the community, particularly dance-in-health
  • be able to demonstrate a strong interest in professional dance practice and its role in wider public life
  • be an independent dance artist living and/or working in the West Midlands area

To apply, please send your CV and an artistic statement addressing the following:

1.       Your background or previous experience that is relevant to this training (this may include training; education; voluntary or professional experience)

2.       The ways you are aiming for, pursuing or engaged in a career in dance in the community, particularly dance-in-health.

3.       Your particular interest in the training and what you hope to get out of it.

4.       Your understanding of why you are a suitable candidate for this training initiative.

Please also indicate your preference to work with those with dementia or reduced mobility during practical sessions.

The application deadline is 3rd July 2009. For more information regarding the Dance Connections programme or to submit an application, please contact Jenna Hubbard on 02476 158304 or jhubbard[at]cad.coventry.ac.uk

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Nick Rothwell from cassiel.com gave a talk to the MA Media Arts students today, showing a brief roundup of the projects that he has been involved in, over the past few years. Nick introduced himself as being someone who works across many different art forms, creating compositions and interactive spaces for performance in many traditional locations such as stage, as well as site-specific work (like The Public, for example).

The discussion was wide ranging, from the difficulties of being involved with large projects involving funding from various sources, to how best to incorporate technology into dance performance. Where many producers want to see their dollars worth up there on the stage, letting the audience see what all the fuss is about, there’s often a balance between finding a mid-point. I personally, offered the suggestion that perhaps any stage-bound technology should be thought of in terms of stage design, and placed/dressed accordingly.

Nick’s creative practise moves beyond the performative/dance and includes work like, the intelligent lamppost that dreams and remembers events from the local pub nearby. Soon to be moved the Irish Museum of  Modern Art. A technically, complex piece of work that required the involvement of the council to install the work (digging and slicing the pavement, all in a day’s work for the council worker, less so for the media artist!).

Nick’s website is worth spending time on, and not just as a documentation of the projects he has been involved in. Digging down a bit you can uncover articles about everything from Max/MSP to the Roland D-50.

What’s valuable in Nick’s work, apart from the pleasure of the works themselves, is his obvious commitment to the documentation process. Always a good way of taking care of ‘housekeeping’ for an artists own practise, it’s also a good way to share things in the community more.

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