Moving Human Sculptures “Images of War and Peace” with Bill Harpe

[“RS9“] Sunday 16:00, riverside  – tickets – programme

Bodies and minds working (and playing) co-operatively together to create moving human sculptures of war and of peace.Wear loose fitting clothing for ease of movement. Family of participants welcome, would be lovely to have a spread of young and old, all abilities. Disabled participants welcome (advance notice helpful).

Following the Opening Celebrations of the ‘Cathedral’, Bill was in Zambia, Africa, directing another first – a Celebration of the country’s 3rd Anniversary of Independence with a touring circus-style production of a Greek tragedy (Aeschylus’ “Oresteia”), transformed from Greece to Africa with a company of 40 drummers, dancers, actors, and narrator.

When he returned to Liverpool later that year he co-founded Great Georges Community Arts Project – the UK’s first Community Arts Project, and now better known as ‘The Black-E’ – in company with his wife Wendy Harpe and his friend Peter Moores, and located in a former inner-city church once known as ‘Liverpool’s Third Cathedral’.

His work there has included the exploration, and creation of games which are – co-operative – creative – and challenging. This work is documented and celebrated in his book “Games for the New Years : A DIY Guide to Games for the 21st Century”, available with a DVD of the games in action from The Black-E. Bill continues to work (and play) at The Black-E as Director.

He contributed as a dance critic to the ‘Guardian’ for 40+ years, and continues to write on dance for other journals. A selection of his dance writings, produced by James MacRitchie, is to be published later this year under the title ‘Dancing with Words’.

A book on Leadership by Peter Møhring, with roots in Bill’s exploration and creation of challenging, creative, and co-operative games, is shortly to be published in Danish and English (CHQ Publishing).

Bill has authored books on Theatre Games as social art, and numerous other articles and manuals on topics as diverse as Leadership and Playgroups. He has directed Festivals of Games, participatory theatre and taught internationally. Further information, along with a more complete biography, is accessible and available on the website of The Black-E at www.theblack-e.co.uk. This website includes an extensive section of Archive pages (‘A Gift of Ideas’).
See photos here

In 2015, at 79 years young, he performed a solo 12 hour Dance Marathon, with guest dancers, as a fund raiser for The Black-E. Bill just keeps on Dancing…

 

Everybody Dance with DanceSyndrome

[“RS3“]Saturday 13:30, riverside school  – tickets – programme

All our dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through our philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.

Dancesyndrome is an inclusive charity for all. We offer an inclusive and innovative way for everyone to improve their health, wellbeing and confidence –regardless of age or ability

Everybody Dance is a fun, accessible and inclusive dance session for anyone who wants to get moving and have a good time. The sessions include both upbeat and gentle dance, together with movement to music, which all helps participants to build their confidence, exercise their creativity and have fun…

Come along and enjoy a fun accessible workshop.

For more info:  dancesyndrome.co.uk

Qigong / Chi Kung with Alileau (France)

SORRY! This event is CANCELLED – see News Update
[“RS4“] saturday 4pmriverside school  – tickets – programme

Touching the  heart – movement to reinforce and strengthen the heart. Practicing Qigong / Chi Kung is a chance to:

– Relaxing the body
– Stimulate the meridians
– To calm down emotions
– To preserve or to get back health​

“Qi-Qong is my every day’s life, I have practiced very seriously Martial Art and dance for 20 years, and Qi-Qong has always been the practice that makes me feel very free and at peace, because with Qi-Qong, I do not have to show anything to anyone, it is a practice which allow the participant to experience life forces, freedom, in intimate and sensitive way, related to the Art of Chinese Medicine. I studied Qi-Qong for years with a Master in his style from China, a very serious dedicated man, and secondly and fortunately, I continued studying Qi-Qong with Brother Phap Lu, a monk from the Buddhism tradition from Vietnam, a great man who is doctor-acupuncture and phytotherapist and passionate about body evolution.”

Dances of Universal Peace – with Mo’unisa (Vitalija) & Ralph

[“RS5“] saturday 7.30pm, riverside school  – tickets – programme

Singing / chanting while dancing in a circle is a dynamic meditation in movement: from fast, high energy dances to slow contemplative walks, attuning to love, harmony and beauty, dipping into the heart of many religions, as well as touching the universal truth in various spiritual traditions: dancing inter-faith.

We move, breathe and sing together, holding hands – like one organism. Like a cell in the body, remembering being part of something much bigger than the small self. The separated individuality may dissolve into a blissful state of oneness with the group.

The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice: all chakras get involved or even activated. A deep, soulful sense of joy may be felt. Tears may flow, when the soul begins to remember its deep longing…
The dances can be a bridge to awakening, connecting with the Divine.
Your voice may open up, and your breathing can become deeper and free. We sometimes hug each other. These hugs can be very healing and comforting…”

Mo’unisa & Ralph are based in Hebden Bridge. They lead the Peace Dances with intensity, depth, heart, humour and lightness, supported with drum & guitar. They love playing with polarities by offering a mix of fiery ecstatic dances and slow meditative flowing movements.
Ralph accompanies with drum, Mo’unisa with guitar – and today Robert will support with 2nd guitar.
More: web site – facebook – youtube – Dances of Universal Peace UK

Dance for all – with Natalie Speake

 Sunday 11am, riversidetickets – programme

“I will be running this session with David, a young man with severe autism and his parents, plus some extra friends and family members
We would like to open the workshop up for limited number of 15 extra people to join in. If you have a learning disability, then we would require you to be accompanied by a carer or suitable support worker.

I have been working with David for the past 8 years and running regular dance sessions for him and his family.  The success of these sessions has led to regular family dance sessions to celebrate birthdays, Christmas and other occasions. They are uniquely crafted around David’s individual needs and allow an opportunity for him to connect in an artistic and meaningful way with his family and friends.

We would like to offer the opportunity out to our wider community to come along and take part in this wonderful celebration of dance and individuality. No previous dance experience necessary but a willingness to join in and have fun is essential!”

Seated Dance for all – with Natalie Speake

Verd de Gris Parkinsons Therapy session 11 July 13
with Natalie Speak
Photo by Paula Solloway

[“RS8“] sunday 1:30pm, riverside school  – tickets – programme

Join us for a fun filled dance session suitable for anyone curious about moving while seated.
Expect a variety of dance styles and techniques, playful exercises with props, uplifting improvisation and maybe the odd poem or song.

Wear bright quirky socks!

Natalie is a local dance artists / choreographer who specialise in providing quality dance experiences for those who are living with a range of neurological conditions – eg Parkinson’s, Dementia, MS.
Through encouraging partners and carers to join in with sessions she firmly believes that the work is beneficial for ALL.