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Mesh – free workshops


A dance research project by Vanessa Grasse


Join choreographer Vanessa Grasse on a new dance research project exploring how a choreography for a large group of people can show the importance of interdependence through collaborative, self-organising and inclusive group movements.

In response to our current divisive political climate, the research looks at how a choreographic work can create a ritual of togetherness in different indoor and outdoor public spaces. Vanessa will work with a group of professional and non-professional dancers and collaborate with anthropologist Tim Ingold and science writer Philip Ball, considering different studies of collective and interdependent behaviours. The research will culminate in two public sharings in Leeds and Wakefield.

Workshops at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

Explore collaborative group movement and formations in response to each other, architecture and everyday urban choreographies. Creating playful rituals of togetherness through ensemble improvisations; mindfully navigating and getting lost through the city; re-imagining new forms of collective presence in public spaces.

Saturday 24 June, 1 and 8 July Open Workshops 10:30am-2:30pm
Saturday 15 July Rehearsal 10:30am-2:30pm
Friday 21 July Rehearsal + Performance 12pm-5pm (exact times tbc)

Workshops at The Hepworth Wakefield

Explore collaborative movement and sculptural formations inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s artwork at the gallery. Responding to various indoor and outdoor spaces. By creating playful rituals of togetherness and ensemble improvisations, you will question audience responses and pathways in the gallery exploring the figure and body, landscapes and their relationship to one and another.

Sunday 9 and 16 July Open Workshops 10:30am-1:30pm
Monday 17 and Tue 18 July Rehearsal 10am-1pm
Saturday 22 July Rehearsal 12:30pm-2:30pm + Performance 3pm

Open to adults of all ages with a good level of fitness and mobility. No dance experience required.

You can join either the Leeds or Wakefield workshops or both.

By attending two workshops you will be able to join the final rehearsals with the professional dancers and take part in the final sharings.

(To take part in both the Leeds and Wakefield sharing you need to attend 2 workshops in each locality).

For more info and to sign up please contact vanessagrasse@yahoo.com

Please state if you would like to attend just the workshops or also take part in the final work in progress performances.


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