Flexus Dance Collective are seeking 30 young dancers aged 13 – 19 years old to participate in an innovative Digital Curtain-Raiser Performance for the premiere stream of ‘All About the Fight’, the new Dance Film created by Katy Sterran in collaboration with Film-maker Matt Cawrey and the dancers of Sterran Touring Company.
After 17 years, 2020 has marked the first year that Sterran Touring Company have been unable to deliver their renowned Education Package and Performance Tour for their new work 'All About the Fight'.
In a ground-breaking response to the current situation and created over 20 households, ‘All About the Fight’ has now been captured as a re-imagined, innovative Dance Film. In collaboration with Sterran, Film Designer Matt Cawrey and the Dancers of Sterran Touring Company, a work that explores the psychological fights of a young generation has never been so relevant.
GOING THE DISTANCE! Katy Sterran holds a national reputation for nurturing professional standards and pushing the boundaries in challenging, cross-art form Youth Dance works. ‘All About the Fight’ is evidence of a resilient, ground-breaking Company responding in exceptional circumstances.
Digital Curtain Raiser In support of ‘All About The Fight’, Sterran Touring Company are pro-actively responding with an innovative Digital opportunity to emulate the highly reputable provision of their annual tour.
‘Inspired, Driven & Delivered by empowered & resilient Youth’
Call Out! For 30 Dancers aged between 13-19 years to be part of Sterran Touring Company’s first Digital Curtain Raiser.
Sterran Touring Company are seeking 30 Youth Dancers to be part of a Digital Curtain Raiser Performance that will be streamed with the premiere of ‘All About the Fight’ on Sunday 9th August 2020, as part of ‘A Captured Moment’ Digital Dance & Arts Festival hosted by Flexus Dance Collective.
Please be aware there are only 30 places available.
This opportunity is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application Deadline: Monday 22nd June
Curtain Raiser Introduction Day (Including class & workshop with Katy Sterran): Sunday 28th June 10am-12pm
Curtain Raiser Creation Session delivered by Katy Sterran and Sterran Touring Company (Each selected applicant will be allocated one of the following dates): Wednesday 1st July, Thursday 2nd July, Friday 3rd July from 4-7pm.
Independent Filming Period (Supported by allocated dancers of Sterran Touring Company): 4th – 16th July
Curtain Raiser Footage collated and Curtain Raiser Dance Film created by professional Film Designer.
Curtain Raiser Film streamed with premiere of ‘All About The Fight’: Sunday 9th August via Flexus website www.flexusdanceco.org
We are exceptionally grateful to have received Emergency Funding from Arts Council England. This is a heart-felt thank you to Arts Council England and National Lottery players for supporting our Organisation with an Emergency Response Fund.
'Nurturing the Dance Artists of the Future'
Due to our Emergency Funding from Arts Council England, we are extremely pleased to announce Amy Dalton-Hardy as Executive Producer for Flexus Dance Collective, Bethany Welsh as Freelance Writer and Callum Osbourne as Professional Dancer and Artist Outreach for Sterran Dance.
Since our last newsletter, Flexus Virtual Training has now been launched as an open programme for all dancers aged 11- 18 years!
Dancers can enjoy two classes per week delivered online by Flexus Artists and Alumni, with the styles of dance altering each week.
Visit www.flexusdanceco.org for further information and registration, or contact email@example.com
A new weekly schedule is announced online every Sunday; visit our website and follow our social media accounts for regular updates and to meet the artists!
Our closed programme continues for the youth dancers of Flexus Dance Collective, accessing additional sessions with guest artists and practitioners.
Thank you to Joe Delaney, Laura Vanhulle, Rebecca Knight and Marcia Edwards who have all delivered sessions in May.
Being created over 20 households, ‘All About the Fight', the new work of Sterran Touring Company due to tour in Summer 2020, is being re-imagined as an innovative Dance Film.
In collaboration with Katy Sterran, Matt Cawrey and the Youth Dancers of Sterran Touring, a work that explores the psychological fights of a young generation has never felt so relevant. Going the distance!
Coming July 2020.
Release of Digital Tour information coming soon.
Flexus Youth Dance started creating their work ‘Nau’ in October 2019, exploring the influence of Japanese Culture on our current generation. Since March 2020, the choreographers and dancers have been working hard to reimagine and recreate their work in lockdown through a video series of chapters: ‘Here We Are Nau’.
We are very excited to announce the premiere of ‘Here We Are Nau: Chapter One’ will be streaming on our website on Saturday 6th June at 2pm and 7:30pm; this exciting chapter explores the gaming culture of popular franchise, Pokémon.
Choreography: Jade Barton
Co-choreography & Editing: Amy Ashmore
PROJECT CALL OUTS FOR ‘A CAPTURED MOMENT’
DIGITAL DANCE AND ARTS FESTIVAL.
For further information and application firstname.lastname@example.org
For Creative Practitioners outside of the Dance Sector: composers, musicians, poets, storytellers, actors, etc.
Flexus Dance Collective are seeking 6 Creative practitioners from across the West Midlands Arts and Cultural Sector, to be part of a new project ‘Remote Collaboration’.
We are also seeking 3 Dance Degree Students / Recent Graduates to apply as part of the collaborative project.
The project will partner a Creative Practitioner from outside of the Dance Sector with an Emerging Professional Dancer, in order to create a new short work in collaboration through digital exchange.
Deadline: Friday 5th June
CALL OUT: Students of Dance Deadline: Friday 5th June
Flexus Dance Collective are seeking 10 inspiring Students of Dance aged between 15-18 years of age, to be part of an innovative new project that will guide, support, and enrich an artistic journey to create a re-imagined digital performance inspired by studies of dance in education.
‘Re-Educate’ Dancers will be provided a professional mentor who will support and inspire the 4-week creative process. ‘Re-Educate’ is a superb opportunity for students to find innovation and ownership in their work, supporting their educational studies impacted by Covid-19.
CALL OUT: Teachers/Lecturers/Dance Students Deadline: Friday 26th June
The impact of Covid19 resulted in a mass of unfinished, uncelebrated and unprofiled Dance works created in Education. ‘Educate’ digital platform is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Dance Cohort of 2020 at Secondary/FE/HE level.
We are looking for short films/footage of a max 5 minutes in length, that may be:
Works in progress
Showreel of excerpts
CALL OUT: Youth Dance Companies Deadline: Friday 26th June
Covid-19 lockdown has limited the outreach, profile and completion of copious Youth works.‘#Holding Hands’ Digital Dance Platform will showcase the work of Youth Dance Companies 2020, bringing recognition to an outstanding young generation.
We are looking for short films/footage of a max 5 minutes in length, that may be:
• Works in progress
• Rehearsal process
• Showreel of excerpts
• Completed Products
• Performance footage
• Re-Imagined works in Lockdown
Mental Health has been a recurring issue in society, since the beginning of time. Although the stigma has improved over recent years and more conversation has been generated surrounding the topic, there are still some evident blemishes regarding the subject. Even in 2020, people are struggling to be open and honest with their feelings. So, I ask, why? Why do we silence ourselves from discussing something so important?
Finding an art form to use as escapism has been known to benefit your mental health. Whether that be music, writing, dancing… the list is endless! There is nothing better than allowing your mind to escape its negative space or alternatively, projecting this energy through something creative. Flexus Dance Collective are always exploring other art forms and intertwining them into their successful works. Drawing upon physical theatre, poetry, music and much more, the dancers of Flexus share their passions for these art forms – all of which have been known to better your mental health.
If you have noticed your Mental Health has been declining during the lockdown, please ensure that you are reaching out for further support. There is always someone out there who will listen, support and guide you back to a feeling of normality.
Always remember, it’s ok not to be ok.
Samaritans: 116 123 Shout: 85258 Written by Bethany Welsh The full post can be found here.
Trapped between these four walls,
pessimism tries to overcome us.
We see beyond that: a dancer,
we see an opportunity.
Wrenched from our place of freedom,
restricted in this prison,
we don't conform to this,
we push through new conditions.
Tempted to give up,
enticed by solitude,
we dance away from the sins,
we create something new.
Optimistically, we continue choreography
Persevering through the impossible
Passionately, we dance and thrive.
Even though we fight through this separately, we still dance together.
(Written by Scott MccConnachie, Sterran Touring Dancer).
'All About The Fight': By Sterran Touring Company. Choreography by Katy Sterran in collaboration with Film
Producer, Matt Cawrey.
'Here We Are Nau': By Flexus Youth Dance. Choreography by Jade Barton
Updates Coming Soon!
Connecting a Cultural Community with Flexus Dance Collective
‘Holding Hands In The Arts’are new online initiatives by Flexus Dance Collective to embrace and promote an exchange of support, profile and opportunities for Flexus Artists, Alumni, local artists, organisations, education, young people and the Community.
In the first 6 weeks of isolation, highly successful weekly online training programmes have been delivered by a range of Flexus Artists, Alumni and Guest practitioners; individuals from our Alumni have become part of the Flexus Online Development Team; health and wellbeing has been embraced by our Youth Dancers in regular activities promoted to their community and the launch of our online outreach has allowed us to start virtually connecting hands with an incredibly resilient arts sector.
Hold hands with Flexus by using our hashtag and handle on your social media posts for us to share, contacting us directly via email to email@example.com and building an exchange of promotion and advertising with us across our online communities.
At this time, it is more important than ever to pay attention to our emotional and mental wellbeing. Director of Flexus Dance Collective, Katy Sterran, prides herself on recognising that provision for our dancers should go further than their physical training.
1. Connections with other people 2. Participation in physical activity 3. Opportunities to learn new skills 4. Acts of Kindness 5. Mindfulness
Over the last six weeks, Flexus Dancers, Artists and Alumni have engaged with and greatly benefitted from life skill challenges, Community Care activities, fitness opportunities, social events, discussion sessions and activities that promote an outlet for expression.