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Grass heads to New York!

25 May 2018

Grass

Our debut in the Big Apple is drawing closer. We’ll be turfing over the Lincoln Centre with the sounds and smells of Grass – celebrating the world beneath our feet with New York audiences. This will be our first time across the pond, so if you’re in the neighbourhood or have any favourite hang-outs lets us know – we’d love to find a time to meet. You can get in touch here

Lincoln Centre, New York
29 May - 3 June 2018
http://www.lincolncenter.org/kids/events/grass 

Whilst we're in New York, Claire is heading to Edinburgh International Children’s Festival for the week, so if you’re also going to be around do say ‘Hello’.

 

 

Audition Notice! - The Night Tree

20 April 2018

We are currently seeking dancers for a new production, The Night Tree. The Night Tree will be an adaption of the book by the same name by Eve Bunting. The story explores the beautiful journey of a family who go into the forest and decorate a tree for Christmas with edible decorations for the birds and animals.  

We are looking for 1 performer who is confident in contemporary dance technique, devising, collaborating and has a confident singing voice. A desire to work on a family dance production is essential.

We are also interested in developing relationships with dancers for future projects.

The audition workshop will take place on Monday 21 May with a call-back on Tuesday 22 May 2018 in London (location TBC).

Supported by Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Pavilion Dance South West and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Rosie Heafford – Second Hand dance is a Pavilion Dance South West Dream artist. Produced by Claire Summerfield at www.tandemworks.uk

 

ABOUT THE AUDITION WORKSHOPS

Invitation only audition with improvisatory tasks and voice workshop.

We are looking for male and female performers with the following qualities:

  • Excellent devising and improvisation skills and a willingness to work collaboratively
  • Excellent movement technique; quick to generate movement and an eye for detail
  • Confident singing voice
  • Confident with partner-work and contact improvisation
  • Interested in performing for and interacting with children and family audiences
  • Interested in collaborating on a show with the natural world at its heart

We aim to be inclusive in our casting and are actively seeking applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and body types. 

 

Creation Period

Performers must be available for all the following weeks

  • 2-6 July 2018
  • 3 – 15 September 2018
  • 19 Nov – 7 December 2018

Performance Period

  • 9  - 24 December 2018

 Rehearsal locations are to be confirmed. Performances will be in Canterbury and Bournemouth.

 

FEES

£500 per week

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV, performance footage and a covering letter or video application explaining why you would like to work with us to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk by 4th May 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2018. Please let us know in your application if you have any access requirements.

 

 

Christmas has come early!

13 April 2018

Christmas has come early this year to Second Hand Dance! We’re delighted to let you know we’ve been awarded funding from by Arts Council England, through the National Lottery to make ‘The Night Tree’, commissioned by Gulbenkian, University of Kent, in association with Pavilion Dance South West.

The Night Tree is  a new 40-minute dance show for audiences aged 3+ inspired by the book of the same name by Eve Bunting. The piece  follows the story of a family who each year celebrate the mid-winter bydecorating a tree in the forest with edible gifts for wildlife, rather bringing one into their home.

The performance will be full of the sounds and smells of the winter forest, immersing families in a show that celebrates the joy of coming together and celebrating within nature.

BUT… before we get too excited by seeing snow again, we’ve got some more of Spring and Summer to enjoy with other shows happening around the world!

We hope to see you somewhere soon and of you ‘ve any questions or want to know more about anything we’re up to do drop us a line - rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk 

Rosie & Claire

 

Grass at The Lincoln Centre, New York

Our debut in the Big Apple is drawing closer. We’ll be turfing over the Lincoln Centre with the sounds and smells of Grass – celebrating the world beneath our feet with New York audiences. This will be our first time across the pond, so if you’re in the neighbourhood or have any favourite hang-outs lets us know – we’d love to find a time to meet. You can get in touch here:

Lincoln Centre, New York
29 May - 3 June 2018
http://www.lincolncenter.org/kids/events/grass 

 

Claire is heading to Edinburgh International Children’s Festival for the week, so if you’re also going to be in that part of the world do say ‘Hello’ - claire@tandemworks.uk

 

Getting Dressed, Think Big! Festival,Munich

Following our Irish Premiere at Belfast International Children’s Festival we’re taking Getting Dressed back on the road again! This time Munich is calling and we'll sharing this joyful explosion of dance, clothing and daftness to Think Big! Festival. The full programmes’ still to be announced – but we’re delighted to be in some illustrious company. 

Wednesday 18 July, 4pm
Thursday 19 July, 10am
Theater Hoch X,
https://www.thinkbigfestival.de/

 

 

Around the world in 2018

30 January 2018

2018 is the year of travel for us with trips to Belfast, Sweden and New York among others on the cards. We thought we'd welcome in the new year with a round up of where you can catch us!

GETTING DRESSED

After performing 24 times around England, Getting Dressed is heading to Belfast International Children's Festival from the 9 to 11 March, for the company's Irish premiere. We're dusting off our hats and preparing our trousers to perform this vibrant show again, and it would be lovely to see you there. 

 

The MAC, Belfast
Friday 11th March: 10.30am (School's Performance)
Saturday 10th March: 2.30pm, 5pm (Relaxed Performance)
Sunday 11th March: 2.30pm
http://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/getting-dressed



GRASS

After the work's first international trip to Showbox Festival in Oslo, Grass will be growing wings to fly across to New York this Summer. This charming show explores the ground beneath our feet and the mini beasts that live there. 


  Lincoln Centre, New York
29 May - 3 June 2018
http://www.lincolncenter.org/kids/events/grass 

 

 

 

 

Dad Dancing on Tour!

14 September 2017

Dad Dancing is a collaboration between Rosie Heafford (Second Hand Dance), Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb. We’re delighted to say that the project has secured funding from Arts Council England to tour to 4 venues in England with co-producing support from Battersea Arts Centre.

Dad Dancing is a joyous contemporary dance show exploring father-child relationships with humour and playful storytelling. Rosie, Alexandrina and Helena are joined by their dads and a supporting cast of father-figures, sons and daughters of all ages, as they share their similarities and differences, hopes and regrets to a soundtrack including Beethoven, Whitney Houston and Pendulum.

Our first performance will be at:
27 October 2017, 8pm
Attenborough Arts Centre, Brighton

Check out the project website for more information: dad-dancing.org

Grass is going to Imaginate (the Edinburgh International Children's Festival)

01 May 2017

We're excitedly packing our bags and finishing our final preparations to head up to the Edinburgh International Children's Festival with Grass. It's a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work at an international platform

Artistic Director/Choreographer Rosie Heafford and Producer Claire Summerfield will be there for the week and we'd love to meet with you during the festival. So if you fancy a chat please contact Claire - claire@tandemworks.uk / 07976 371 124 or Rosie - rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk / 07900 986 148.

See you in Edinburgh!

 

Getting Dressed Tour Dates announced

09 January 2017

Our UK tour dates are now announced and you can find more information about the show and team that are making it at www.gettingdresseddance.com

Sun 12 Feb 3pm
Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
pdsw.org.uk | 01202 203630

Tue 14 Feb 11.30am & 3pm
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
lakesidearts.org.uk | 0115 846 7777

Sat 18 2pm & Sun 19 Feb 11am & 2pm
Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler’s Wells), London
sadlerswells.com | 020 7863 8000

Sat 25 Feb 11am & 2pm
Gulbenkian, Canterbury
thegulbenkian.co.uk | 01227 769075

Sat 4 Mar 2pm
Deda, Derby
deda.uk.com | 01332370911

Wed 8 Mar 1.30pm
The Core at Corby Cube
thecorecorby.com | 01536 470470

Sun 12 Mar 11am & 2pm
artsdepot, London
artsdepot.co.uk | 020 8369 5454

Sat 18 Mar 4pm, Sun 19 Mar 11am, Mon 20 Mar 10.30am
DanceEast, Ipswich
danceeast.co.uk | 01473 295230

Thu 6 Apr 11.30 & 2.30pm
Cambridge Junction
junction.co.uk |01223 511 511

Sat 8 Apr 11am
The Edge, Bath
icia.org.uk | 01225 386777

Thu 20 Apr 2pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexam
queenshall.co.uk |01434 652477

Sat 22 Apr 3pm
Dance City, Newcastle
dancecity.co.uk | 0191 261 0505

Fri 28 Apr 1.15pm, Sat 29 Apr 11am & 2pm
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
stratford-circus.com | 020 8279 1080

Sun 30 Apr 4pm & Mon 1 May 11am
Watermans Arts Centre, London
watermans.org.uk | 020 8232 1010

We're Getting Dressed in 2017

25 October 2016

Second Hand Dance presents

GETTING DRESSED

 

 

 Commissioned by Gulbenkian, University of Kent


Hurray!

Second Hand Dance is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funds from Arts Council England to make and tour 'Getting Dressed', a new dance-show for children and families in 2017. 

The work will premiere at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth on Sunday 12th February 2017 and tour the UK until the beginning of May. 

After an exciting summer presenting our work-in-progress ideas at On The Edge Festival and Tanzmesse, we're now proud to be able to make the work. 

Aimed at ages 4+ and their families, the show will invite us all to be as creative as we can with the clothes we wear, tempting us to get dressed just a little bit differently.

We've got some wonderful support for this project; it's co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Pavilion Dance South West and made in association with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Dance East, Southbank Centre, South East Dance, The Point and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Second Hand Dance is a Playtime Artist with Pavilion Dance South West and Company in Residence at South East Dance.

What next? - Watch this space and we'll release our tour dates soon - hope you can come along!

 

 

AUDITION WORKSHOP – for Second Hand Dance with Erik Kaiel

08 August 2016

Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. 

We are currently seeking dancers for a new production, Getting Dressed, for children and families that delves into the movement and humour of clothes. How you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender.

We are looking for 3 performers who are confident in contemporary technique, devising, collaborating and have a desire to work on a family dance production. We are particularly interested in performers who are confident in partner-work and lifting or with parkour/acro- experience.

Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; developing independence and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. The work will aim to subtly challenge the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school. We aim to be inclusive in our casting and are actively seeking applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and body types.

Audition workshops will take place on 19, 20 & 22 September in London.

Supported by Pavilion Dance South West, South East Dance, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Southbank Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Rosie Heafford – Second Hand dance is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime artist and South East Dance Company in Resdince. Produced by Claire Summerfield at www.tandemworks.uk

 

ABOUT THE AUDITION WORKSHOPS

Audition workshops will be run by Second Hand Dance Artistic Director Rosie Heafford and internationally renowned choreographer Erik Kaiel from Arch8. We expect all audtionees to be available for the full 3 day workshop process.

Monday 19 September – Open Audition with morning class, improvisatory tasks and physical workshop. At the end of the day, selections will be made for re-calls on 20 & 22 Sept.

Tuesday 20 September & Thursday 22 September – re-calls for selected applicants. 

A small stipend will be able for those re-called towards travel costs.

We are looking for male and female performers with the following qualities:

  • Excellent devising skills, willing to work collaboratively and quick to generate movement; an eye for detail and refining movement
  • Confident with partner-work and lifts and excited about developing physically demanding movement as a group
  • Interested in performing for and interacting with children and family audiences
  • Willingness to explore working with clothes and discuss how we can translate themes of gender and identity to young audiences

 

REHEARSALS & TOURING

Creation Period: December 2016 – February 2017.

Touring: February – March 2017

 

FEES

£450 per week

The Creation and tour period is subject to confirmation of funding, anticipated for October 2016.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV, performance footage and a covering letter (or video application if you are less comfortable writing) explaining why you would like to work with us to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk by 11th September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 14th September 2016. Please let us know in your application if you have any access requirements.

 

ABOUT SECOND HAND DANCE

Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought-provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. The work is often socially-engaged and presented in a range of spaces, from theatres to gardens, creating unique experiences for audiences. Previous projects include Dad Dancing co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre and Grass in association with the Unicorn Theatre. In 2016 Artistic Director Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.

www.secondhanddance.co.uk  

 

ABOUT ERIK KAIEL

Erik Kaiel performs, choreographs and teaches throughout Netherlands, Europe, and the world. In Autumn 2016, 3 of his works are being presented by Dance Umbrella throughout the festival: Tetris, O Snap and No Man is an Island. In 2010, he won the Dutch national prize for choreographic talent, and the No Ballet competition in Germany.

Current projects include a co-production with Tanzhuis NRW/Het Lab (2012), a new cross-border collaborative work with Dutch and Belgian youth, & a series of public space performances in Cairo, Denmark and Sweden.

He is the artistic director of Crosstown Den Haag, a choreographic fellow at Danslab, and a faculty member at the Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem.

http://www.arch8.nl/en/

 

Second Hand Dance at Tanzmesse NRW - 2 September 2016

04 August 2016

Second Hand Dance are one of 7 British companies performing at Tanzmesse NRW, Europe's Largest Dance Trade Event. 

GETTING DRESSED OPEN STUIO - INTERNATIONALE TANZMESSE NRW
Fri 2 Sept 2016
17.45 - 18.15pm
Studio 4, tanzhaus new, Studio 4, Erkrather Str. 30, 40233 Düsseldorf

Register your interest to book tickets here: https://www.tanzmesse.com

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender….And, get stuck in them 

Watch an extract from our R&D here: vimeo.com/137873753 

British dance artists and companies are coming together as part of a pilot project, Dance in Great Britain, which aims to promote the export potential of UK contemporary dance by presenting a number of performances, events and showcases at International Tanzmesse nrw 2016, Europe’s largest dance trade event. This event marks the first time that UK Trade & Investment has invested in a project of this kind, recognising the potential new international markets for the UK’s dance sector.

Produced by Dance4 on behalf of National Dance Network, Dance in Great Britain is a collaboration between UK Trade and Investment (funded through the GREAT campaign), Arts Council England, British Council, with additional support from Wales Arts International and Creative Scotland. The project aims to raise the profile of the UK’s dance sector to an international business audience with the aim of increasing the potential for export opportunities and international partnerships.

Simon Mellor, Executive Director, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Dance4 to help strengthen the international profile of some of our country’s most exciting dance companies and choreographers. Tanzmesse is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the quality of dance talent Britain has to offer, to increase the number of overseas performances from companies that Arts Council England invests in and to explore opportunities for new international collaborations.”

The UK’s programme at International Tanzmesse nrw includes an exciting range of performances, open studio sessions and discussion events, bringing artists and producers from the UK together to explore women in choreography, their contribution to knowledge development and the creation of new ideas and work. Open studio sessions provide artists and choreographers the opportunity to share their new emerging creations with one of the world’s largest gatherings of dance professionals.

The dance artists and companies presenting works at International Tanzmesse nrw as part of Dance in Great Britain are Theo Clinkard, Joan Clevillé Dance, Second Hand Dance, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Janine Fletcher, National Dance Company Wales, and Roberta Jean / mysteryskin.

Dance in Great Britain, which is under the umbrella Culture is GREAT which is part of the Britain is GREAT campaign promotes the rich cultural offer in the UK to attract tourists (supported by Visit Britain) as well as students who might want to study arts subjects in the UK (supported by British Council).

www.danceisgreat.com