Magnestise Dance Project 2019
Magnetise is an innovative collaborative dance project between six international professional dance artists and three local community groups. The project is managed by local performance company Undercurrent led by Kate Wilson and is supported and hosted by The Dock. It is structured as a series of collaborative workshops, accompanied by discussion platforms, public performances and professional development opportunities.
The project has grown out of discussions with Bright Sparks (A youth theatre group made up of children with special needs), WILL (Women Independently Living in Leitrim) and Creative Current (a newly formed youth dance group based at The Dock). Research with the professional practitioners has been ongoing since early 2019. Magnetise is an exciting opportunity for local community groups to explore new practices and broaden their skill base. Focus on landscape and research of local places of interest by the visiting artists, highlights the outstanding value of the local landscape and beyond this recognizes the potential in the locality to deepen our connections to landscape and place. Investigating inherent connections to earth, landscape and mass, Magnetise explores the potential of renewed attention to gravity, through somatic dance practices, as a means of living more deeply. It explores the body in these practices, as the multi sensory resource, informing how we navigate in the world and in our lives. It is a project with international reach bringing together a highly skilled group of professional artists at the Dock, developing innovative approaches to performance, dance and collaborative practice. A project with community engagement at its core, and the fundamentals of deepening experience through movement practices and connections to landscape throughout, A series of six collaborative workshops in three phases will take place over 2 months.
Kate Wilson, (dance and visual art, Ireland) Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member Kate Wilson is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, UCL, London and is currently studying MA Creative Practice, Trinity Laban and Independent Dance. Her background is in both visual art and dance/performance art. Since moving to Ireland in 1995 she has worked as a painter as well as performer, director and arts facilitator/collaborator.Wilson’s recent collaborative performance projects as director of Undercurrent, ‘Under the Surface’ (2015), ‘Black Bird’(2016)and 'Winter Ground' are recipients of Arts Council Project Awards. Kate has been invited to facilitate workshops across Ireland for all ages, including for IMMA, The Ark, The Model and The Dock. She also regularly engages with schools and community groups through the Artist in Schools schemes for both Leitrim and Roscommon County Council and Leitrim Artist in the Community Scheme. She works as trainer for AIE national initiative.
Ben McEwan, (dance and aikido, UK), Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member A graduate of Dance Theatre and completing MA Creative Practice 2019. Ben has facilitated workshops in Contemporary Dance Technique, Floorwork and Improvisation taught at the following: P.A.R.T.S. Summer School, Rambert School, Scottish Dance Theatre, London Contemporary Dance School Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs, TrinityLaban CAT, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Iceland Dance Company, Greenwich Dance, Winchester University, DanceCity, Salford University, Tripspace. Ben is on the outreach team for the Russell Mailphant Company. He trainer in Aikido with George Forbes (6th Dan), and Tetsushinkan/MovingEast with Paul Smith (6th Dan). He is also qualified Leader in Running Fitness and regularly teach running technique. Enhanced DBS & Update Service from Dec 2018, Level 2 Safeguarding Training (Young People).
Gaelin Little, (dance & performance art, UK), Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member Dance Theatre graduate and MA Creative Practice, Gaelin is founding Member of Dance Company Eleven Farrer House for which she works as Dancer, Choreographer, Project Manager, Education & Outreach. This work has been widely supported by key dance organisations and funding bodies, including Arts Council England. Facilitation includes; Enrichment Leader at Hatton School & Special Needs Centre, supporting and assisting children with special education needs on a 1:1 basis. Developing and facilitating comprehensive dance activities and movement therapy sessions for the enrichment program. Leading and making new work for Full Tilt the Youth Contemporary Dance Performance Company for Norfolk. Dance Tutor at Norfolk Dance, teaching contemporary technique and creative dance groups for all ages and abilities on the regular class program including, D4 Dance for adults with learning difficulties & classes for professional dancers.
Franziska Boehm (sound art, voice and dance, Germany) Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member Works as Artist in Residence, (Dancer and Musician) for Choreographic Projects with Barbara Galli for refugee children in fugitive accommodations Grenzenlos Tanzen e.V. Munich Substitute teacher: Modern dance; Music analysis Bode Schule Munich. As well as working as a choreographer she is also master class teacher for music and dance sponsored by the German Orff Schulwerk-Association Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi ́an and Wuhan, China. A graduate in Performing Arts Franziska is completing a BFA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban and Independent Dance, London. Hristo Ushev, (physical theatre, Bulgaria), Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member Graduate with MA from National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Bulgaria and MFA Creative Practice Trinity Laban, Hristo works as an independent performer for film, dance and theatre as well as a teacher and choreographer. Film work includes Irina (2019) and Enemies (2017).
Svenja Buehl (dance & performance art, Germany). Workshop facilitator, performer, panel member Svenja has a professional diploma as State-Approved Teacher with Dance pedagogy at Lola Rogge Schule, Hamburg. She is graduate of Trinity Laban and MFA Creative Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Independent Dance. Svenja works as contemporary dance artist in Germany (Hamburg / Berlin) and England (London / Brighton) in various theatre spaces, galleries and museums; dance studios, schools and community centers.