Be involved in creating a modern ballet performance, in which your dreams come to life in this education and performance package…
Dream Dance is ideal for Festivals and Theatres to host. It is delivered in two parts - a workshop and performance.
The Workshop (approx 2hours, but can be altered to suit any time frame)
The workshop is open to Observers as well as Participants. Participants may also chose if they wish to simply be involved in the creative process (by suggesting ideas/directions etc), or chose to be in the dancing/performing part as well.
The workshop starts with an open discussion about all the different things that go into creating choreography for a dance performance. We look at the three "I"s - IDEA - INSPIRATION - INCARNATION.
We propose the Idea. The Idea is that we will create a dance piece all about our dreams and how we can bring them to life through dance.
From there we look for the Inspiration. This will be drawn from the participants. Working in small groups with paper and pens, we first create an Inspiration sheet on which everyone writes/draws their favourite dreams, and then discusses in their group how they might use dance to bring the dreams to life. We then have a feedback session with everyone, discussing each group's ideas and appreciating how varied the ideas may be.
Finally we explore the Incarnation. Here we help each group to translate their dream ideas into dance. We discuss various basic choreographic tools they might use - e.g. mirroring, cannon, levels - and encourage the groups to find their own mode of dance expression. We then help the participants to find ways to segue their creations, and also link the dance they have created to music. Participants are guided throughout the whole process, but not dictated to. At the end of the workshop, they will have generated a short piece (probably 10mins or so).
At the end of the workshop, the piece is performed to anyone who joined the workshop as an observer, as well as anyone else who may wish to pop in to watch 10mins of devised dance!
The Performance (approx. 50mins)
Following the workshop, Chantry Dance Company performs the short piece, "Sandman" (approx.10-15mins). This piece is choreographed by Gail Gordon (Dance Director for Chantry Dance Company, Head of Dance Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, West End Choreographer), and revolves around the concept of the Sandman - the deliverer of dreams.
Following "Sandman", the company dancers perform the "Dream Dance" improvisation (approx. 10-15min). The dream ideas generated earlier in the workshop would provide the stimulus for the improvisation, so workshop participants would also get the chance to see their dreams brought to life through improvisation.
The function of the company's performance is to show how work can be created in the context of more technical dancing, and also the additional way in which improvisation can be used to create dance.
Finally we would finish with a talk-back (approx. 20-30mins). The talk-back would give the audience the chance to discuss the creative process with us afterwards, as well as anything else they might like to question.
We foresee that the workshop and performance is offered as a 'package' deal and fits neatly into a whole morning or afternoon, so that workshop participants can also come to the performance.
To book Dream Dance, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07989 588038