Gwanwyn Festival Funding for May 2018

We are delighted to receive funding for the Gwanwyn 2018 Festival.

The funding will help support the creation of a new work, ‘Hiraeth’, choreographed by Caroline Lamb and assisted by Janet Fieldsend, with material contributed from the dancers.

This work will be made into a short film.

The Gwanwyn Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru, the Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

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What is the Gwanwyn Festival?
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Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival began in 2006 and is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.

See www.gwanwyn.org.uk for more information.

Who can be involved in the performance?

The classes are primarily geared to creating work for performance and are designed to appeal to the older dancer (50+). Class members have a broad range of abilities, from those working professionally in the field of community dance, to those who have never danced before.

When are the creative classes and where are they held?

This next set of creative classes runs over 10 sessions. These are divided into TWO blocks of 5.

Spring 2018
DATES (1st block)

Thursday 1st March
Thursday 8th March
Thursday 15th March
Thursday 22nd March
Thursday 29th March

DATES (2nd block)

Thursday 12th April
Thursday 19th April
Thursday 26th April
Thursday 3rd May
Thursday 10th May

TIME:
6.30 – 8.30pm

PLACE:
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the ‘Common Room Studio’

COST:
£50 for Block 1
£50 for Block 2

 

How do I book the classes?

To book the classes please contact our Rehearsal Director Janet Fieldsend: janet.fieldsend@ntlworld.com or phone on 07745 466662

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In Full Bloom Festival – Bristol – January 2018

We were invited to contribute work to this day of dance for older dancers in Bristol. On January 29th six of our Striking Attitudes’ members performed in ‘When Thomas Brought the News’, a work choreographed by Caroline Lamb, assisted by Janet Fieldsend with material contributed from the dancers. The piece looked at who and where we come from and how we remember our childhood self.

Performers – Justine Coupland, Geraldine Hurl, Olivia Jones, Lynne Lewis, Shirley Stansfield, Linda Sugarman.

Gwanwyn Festival Funding for May 2017

We are thrilled to receive funding for the Gwanwyn 2017 Festival.

The funding will help support the creation of a new work, ‘This Fleeting Instant’ choreographed by Caroline Lamb and assisted by Janet Fieldsend with material contributed from the dancers.

The Gwanwyn Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru, the Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

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What is the Gwanwyn Festival?
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Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival began in 2006 and is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.

See www.gwanwyn.org.uk for more information.

Who can be involved in the performance?

The classes are primarily geared to creating work for performance and are designed to appeal to the older dancer (50+). Class members have a broad range of abilities, from those working professionally in the field of community dance, to those who have never danced before.

When are the creative classes and where are they held?

Spring 2017
DATES:

Wednesday 15th March
Wednesday 22nd March
Wednesday 29th March
Wednesday 5th April
Wednesday 12th April

TIME:
6.45 – 8.45pm

PLACE:
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the ‘First Space’

COST FOR SPRING: £50

Summer 2017 
DATES:

Thursday 18th May
Thursday 25th May
Thursday 1st June
Thursday 8th June
Thursday 15th June
Friday 16th June
Saturday 17th June (AM – time tbc)
Thursday 22nd June
Friday 23rd June

TIME:
6.45 – 8.45pm

PLACE:
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the ‘Common Room’

COST FOR SUMMER: £90

How do I book the classes?

To book the classes please contact our Rehearsal Director Janet Fieldsend: janet.fieldsend@ntlworld.com or phone on 07745 466662

New: Striking Attitudes Spring Classes and Opportunity to Perform

Our new classes will be held every Wednesday at Chapter Arts Centre from 18th February – 25th March and again from 15th April – 6th May. 6.45pm – 8.45pm. It will cost £100 for the entire term

The 10 creative community dance and movement classes will take place from February to April, culminating in a performance (optional). The classes will be led by dance professionals Caroline Lamb (Artistic Director/ Choreographer of Striking Attitudes) and Janet Fieldsend (Rehearsal Director Striking Attitudes).

The emphasis of all Striking Attitudes dance classes is always on the creative aspect of movement. “We believe in working with movement that highlights the specific qualities of the older dancer, using movement that comes naturally from the older body,” says Caroline Lamb.

Striking Attitudes community dance classes are very accessible to all dancers including those who have never danced before.

Striking Attitudes is a professional dance company working specifically with older dancers, both professional and community based. We celebrate the particular skills of the older dancer, and work to raise awareness of opportunities for older dancers and to challenge public perception of ageing.

We believe the older performer can bring something very particular to a creative work; an inner strength that comes from a wealth of life experience and equally, a fragility and vulnerability that is both honest and life affirming. The older dancer provides a positive role model and is a fine example of what is possible as we age.

For more information or to book a space on the dance classes contact Anne Keeling at 02920 712265 or email anne@annekeeling.co.uk 

Performance Opportunity (May 2014)

WOULD YOU LIKE A CHANCE TO PERFORM WITH STRIKING ATTITUDES?

Following upon our success of Each For All: All For Each (our promenade piece in collaboration with poet Patrick Jones), we are pleased to be able to offer dancers in the community a chance to perform.

We will be performing as part of Gwanwyn Festival’s day for older dancers, taking place at the Sherman Theatre on 18th May.

NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. OPEN TO ALL ABOVE THE AGE OF 40.

We have a number of options linked to this community project for you:

1. A weekend workshop with Catherine Young
2. Six creative sessions with Caroline Lamb and Janet Fieldsend
3. Rehearsals for the May 18th performance

1. A WEEKEND WORKSHOP WITH CATHERINE YOUNG

Catherine Young is the dance officer with Ceredigion based at Theatre Felinfach. She is experienced in working with older dancers and runs sessions for a group at Felinfach.

Catherine is currently working on a project with students at Laban in London. Striking Attitudes has an excellent ongoing connection with Catherine including commissioning her to create some of the choreographic material for Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark Woodwhich we performed in Cardiff, Swansea and Ceredigion in April and May 2013.

The weekend workshop with Catherine Young will take place at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on 1st and 2nd March from 10:30am-4:30pm both days. Some material may be created during this weekend that will be included in the performance at the Sherman Theatre on 18th May.

2. SIX CREATIVE SESSIONS WITH CAROLINE LAMB AND JANET FIELDSEND

These six sessions with Caroline and Janet will investigate and develop new ideas and material. It will be a chance to explore and really get creative again.

These sessions will take place at Chapter Arts Centre every Wednesday from 12th March to 16th April from 6:45pm-8:45pm.

3. REHEARSALS FOR THE MAY 18th PERFORMANCE

Four creative sessions will finalise material and focus on rehearsing for the Gwanwyn event at the Sherman Theatre.

These four sessions will take place at Chapter Arts Centre on Wednesday 30th April, Wednesday 7th May, Wednesday 14th May and Thursday 15th May from 6:45pm-8:45pm.

These rehearsals will culminate in the performance on Sunday 18th May at the Sherman Theatre. Some availability may be needed on Saturday 17th Mary for a technical rehearsal at the Sherman.

The first two strands (the weekend with Catherine, and the six creative sessions with Caroline and Janet) are OPEN TO ALL.

The final set of four classes will only be open to those able to perform on 18th May.

The costs for each strand are as follows:

£75 The weekend workshop with Catherine Young
£60 Six creative sessions with Caroline Lamb and Janet Fieldsend
£80 The six creative sessions with Caroline and Janet plus rehearsals for the May 18th performance
£150 Participation in all three strands (fees can be paid in two instalments).

To book your place please contact our Project Manager Anne Keeling at anne@annekeeling.co.uk or call her on 02920 712265.

Each For All: All For Each – October 14th 2013

Each For All: All For Each – October 14th 2013

A STRIKING ATTITUDES PRODUCTION

PERFORMERS NEEDED!

WE NEED YOU! COME AND TAKE PART!

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Striking Attitudes is looking for people of all ages to take part in a Promenade Theatre Performance to mark the Centenary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster of 1913. The performance will take place outside, in different sites around Senghenydd on October 14th 2013 from 5.45 to 7.30.

This is your chance to work alongside the professional actors and dancers of Striking Attitudes and help us create a memorable and moving tribute to those men who lost their lives in the disaster and those who were left behind.

We need people of all ages (no primary school children as they will be involved in the Lantern Procession) and we welcome those with or without experience. You will be involved in group work and there are opportunities to take part in speaking group if you want. Come along to the first session and see if you would like to take part.

Rehearsals will take place in the Salvation Army Hall, Senghenydd from 2.00 to 4.00 on Saturday 21st, 28th of September and Saturday 5th and 12th October. You need to be available for the dress rehearsal on Sunday 13th October at 11.00am, and of course, the actual performance on Monday October 14th.

‘Each For All: All For Each’ will be directed and choreographed by Caroline Lamb of Striking Attitudes with text by the Blackwood poet and playwright Patrick Jones and music written by James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers. The BTM Brass Band and the Children’s Lantern Parade will be joining us as part of the performance.