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…

 

Longsword Workshop with Ryburn Longsword and Sue Coe

[“TH7“] sunday 11am, townhall  – tickets – programme

Longsword dance is a Yorkshire-based form of traditional dance performed by five, six or eight dancers dancing together in a circle, making a number of movements in which the dancers go over or under the swords. The middle sections of the dances rely on linked rings of dancers working as a team. The dance normally ends with the production and display of a ‘lock’ where swords are intertwined in one of a variety of shapes. The session will aim to introduce the basic figures & shapes used in Longsword dances & show pupils & teachers how these can be adapted & new figures developed & how they fit together to invent a new dance. 

The workshop will include:

  • Basic figures in Longsword dances – hilt & point rings, baskets, locks etc
  • Add more figures – double unders, double overs, arches, etc

Extension work could include:

  • Adapting existing figures
  • Creating new figures
  • Fitting figures together to create a new dance
  • Giving the new dance a name
  • Preparing for a performance

Ryburn Longsword  dance is a Yorkshire-based form of traditional dance performed by five, six or eight dancers dancing together in a circle, making a number of movements in which the dancers go over or under one of the swords. The dance normally ends with the production and display of a ‘lock’ where swords are intertwined in one of a variety of v shapes.

Its origins remain obscure but it is known that many Yorkshire villages had their own dances which would often be performed as part of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Ryburn Longsword is based in Ripponden and has been dancing together since 1994. Some of our dances are traditional and come from villages across Yorkshire; others have been created by members of the group.

We welcome dancers of all ages and abilities to our Wednesday evening practice which take place from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at 103 Oldham Rd, Ripponden. We are very lucky to be able to dance to traditional live music for our practices, which are very friendly and informal.  Our ultimate aim is to dance with precision and style to public audiences, so dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend practice regularly.

If you would like to try Longsword dancing, please contact Pauline Jones on 01422 823099. You can find out more about Ryburn Three Step events and activities on our website; www.ryburn3step.org.uk

Appalachian Beginners with Fiddle ‘n Feet

{“TH8“] sunday 1:30, townhall  – tickets – programme

Fiddle ‘n Feet are a mixed Appalachian dance team formed over 15 years ago. 
We currently have 10 dancers and 5 musicians and practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

We choreograph our own dances which are lively and energetic consisting of traditional Appalachian dance steps from the Appalachian mountains of America.  Our musicians play old-time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

We perform at festivals, dance and charity events mainly in Yorkshire and Lancashire and sometimes further afield.

Anyone wishing to join our workshop will be required to wear hard soled shoes or tap shoes. No experience necessary.  Complete beginners welcome. 

Our workshop will consist of a performance of one of our dances.  We will teach simple Appalachian steps from this dance which hopefully at the end of the workshop we will all perform.  The musicians play old time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

Our website is www.fiddlenfeet.co.uk

Argentine Tango with Dickson Shumba

[“TH9“] sunday 4pm, townhall – book here
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Experienced Teacher, Dickson Shumba, learnt the Argentine tango from a variety of teachers, prominent Argentineans and others. Dickson runs Argentine Tango Lessons, Milongas and Practicas in Yorkshire and surrounding areas.  Dickson’s classes are friendly and welcoming.  Dickson has a big collection of music and plays mostly Traditional Argentine Tango Music in Tandas of Three or Four. Tanda format TTVTTM punctuated with occasional tanda of what the dancers request.

Dickson’s website is www.dicksontango.danceorg.uk

Les Panards Dansants, dancers & band (Breton and French Dancing)

[“TH10“] sunday22,  7:30pm-9:30pm,  town hall  – tickets – programme

Traditional French dancing takes many forms. Depending on the area they originate from, the dances can be performed in circles, lines, open circles or couples. But what they all have in common is they are very attractive, addictive and accompanied by fascinating and vibrant music.
Still very much alive in France, those dances can be seen performed on stage by the “groups folkloriques”, or danced at “bals folks”, where dancers of all ages and abilities can participate, dancing to live music.
In the workshop Geli, Monica and Toni will be teach simple dances from various French regions to live instrumental music from ‘Les Panards Dansants’ band or singing. No partner is necessary. Fun is guaranteed at the Bal – with our live band.

www.frenchdanceleeds.co.uk/Facebook: Les Panards Dansants

Northern Rascals Workshop with Anna Holmes

[“MC8“] sunday 13:30, methodist church  – tickets – programme

With an extensive background training in an array of different styles such as modern, ballet, jazz and most notably, contemporary, this class is a combination of all that have influenced me in my dance career; therefore, this has led to the development of my own distinct style. Expect the workshop to be high energy, as we delve in and out of the floor and up in to the sky, all set to the background of great music. In this class for teenagers and young adults, I welcome people with all varying levels of experience of the form, including beginners.

Previous dance experience is preferable but not necessary! Just bring an openness and trust in the capacity of your body as we follow a series of exercises and set material from my own company. I am passionate in helping as many people connect with dance as possible.

So be brave and come join us!

Tammurriata – Southern Italian with Filomena Ianni

Sunday 16:00, methodist church – book here
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A Traditional dance to the drum (this is the meaning of its name), which makes use of Italian castanets and a frame drum with jingles as the main accompanying instrument.

This is a dance of ancient origins, linked to the seasonal cycles of the land, now danced in coincidence with the Christian festivals, which fall within the same cycles and in many other community gatherings. It’s part of the many types of Tarantellas danced in the South. This particular form comes from the area of Napoli, which is where I am from.

Danced in a group of pairs between any age and gender, it’s fun, wild and beautiful.


Filomena Ianni is both a therapist and a community drum and dance facilitator. I love to bring this dance close to my roots and my heart to festivals and private gatherings alike, anytime!

Find more of my current and past community rhythm work on my FB page Core Beat Drumming & Dancing –  http://allthingsflow.co.uk/the-drum-circle-page/

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.