New year and new ideas

So here I am at my desk. There’s blank paper, a pot of pens and I’m trying out a new gizmo – Mindnode to make my brainstorming look a bit more beautiful (and legible). I’ve been thinking and gathering ideas with the Rachel, Maddy and Vicky (the Clearcut team) over the past few months about gender, producing, artists and how to make things better. I think there’s some fabulous dance happening and some great schemes like rural touring that are really getting dance out to the non-regular audiences. There are great women leading some of our dance organisations – Helen at…

Desk space in Shoreham

A friend of a friend has an office space available – check it out here

Looking back at autumn 2016

Although the crocuses are flowering the park and there is a thin sunlight trying to break through the clouds, I’m looking back this morning. Last October Clearcut brought together dancers drawn from across the South East and West, dance artists and academics and some theatregoers for good measure to present a day of workshops, debates and performance. All celebrating dance by mature dancers. The reason I’m looking back is that all the final elements have come together – a mini film to give an overview of the day and Arts Professional published an article about a ‘new dawn for dance’…

Remembering Rosemary Butcher (1947-2016)

Taking time to read the obituaries for Rosemary Butcher this morning. I was fortunate enough to have a few sessions led by her when she was a lecturer at University of Surrey. I remember being completely intimidated at first..this legend of dance I’d only read about in my A level Dance studies. In the flesh she was gentle, calm, questioning. I also remember being caught off guard by her seemingly simple yet deep piece for the Place Prize. Without doubt a unique choreographer and influence on many today. Feeling grateful for the contribution she made through her life. Link to: An…

Dances of 2016: Barbarians (Hofesh Shechter)

Hofesh Shechter Barbarians Featuring gold catsuits (imagine you are in the flames of hell – well hotter than that – that’s how hot we are” one dancer quips about his body temperature), lederhosen and powerful futuristic lighting scanning the audience like a barcode. Barbarians was, for me, a searing performance that left me confused, excited and questioning. Thundering music reminding me of my clubbing days and intense performances especially by Maëva Berthelot and Sam Coren combined in a performance that has lingered on in my mind since October at The Dome, Brighton. [Kyla] Link to Barbarians trailer

Funding focused day in Brighton Digital Festival

Feeling excited about the upcoming Brighton Digital Festival. Thought we’d best highlight the most practical session we found in the mega programme of stuff going on – Funding for Innovation for Creative and Cultural Enterprises (22 Sept)