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Invitation for children and parents/carers in Birmingham

20 June 2016

GETTING DRESSED by Second Hand Dance

A new dance show for 4 – 7 year olds

4.45pm Wednesday July 6th

ACE Dance Studio, Birmingham

 

In July some of the world’s leading theatre and dance companies making work for children and young people will be performing in Birmingham, as part of On The Edge – an international 10 day festival happening across the city. 

Some of this work is still in the process of being made - it won’t be presented to the public, only to an invited audience. 

Second Hand Dance is making a new show, all about getting dressed, for children aged 4 – 7 years and their families. We’ve made about 20 minutes of material and would love to see what you think.

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

We hope to encourage young children to experiment with what they like to wear, subtly challenging some of the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences they encounter as they venture into the wider world.

The performance is free. We’re looking for about 10 children and carers to help us test what we’ve been making. This promises to be a fun chance to see a new piece of work by one of the UK’s leading dance companies making work for younger audiences. If you’d like a taste of what you might see there’s some footage form rehearsals here: https://vimeo.com/137873753

Second Hand Dance makes highly visual dance performances, collaborating with dancers, visual artists and the public to produce joyful, inspirational shows for children and adults. We present our work in theatres, galleries, libraries and outdoor spaces creating unique experiences for audiences. In 2016 Choreographer Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.

 

If you’d like to come please RSVP to Pippa Frith on pippafrith@gmail.com with your name and contact number

NO LATER THAN 29 JUNE. Pippa will confirm your booking and let you know where to come and who will meet you. Please arrive at 4.30pm.

Light refreshments will be available (a soft drink and snack) and the performance will last about 20 minutes.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Rosie 

 

 

Getting Dressed at On The Edge and Tanzmesse

09 May 2016

We've a super exciting announcement...

Getting Dressed, has been selected to present a work-in-progresses at On The Edge (ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering) in Birmingham and Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf.

ON THE EDGE
Wed 6 July 2016 (Time TBC)
Book your delegate ticket here: www.ontheedge2016.com

TANZMESSE
Fri 2 Sept 2016 (Time TBC)
Register your interest to book tickets here: 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

A highly visual, dance performance exploring textiles and clothing – making the ordinary feel extraordinary. Made for 4 – 7 year olds Getting Dressed encourages young children to experiment with what they like to wear, subtly challenging some of the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences they encounter as they venture into the wider world.

Research and development was completed in Autumn 2015 with support from South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Getting Dressed is available to tour from Spring 2017

For more information please contact:
Rosie Heafford (Artistic Director) - rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk
Claire Summerfield (Producer) - c.summerfield@ntlworld.com

Rosie Heafford & Second Hand Dance shortlisted for Children's Theatre Award

27 January 2016

Rosie Heafford was shortlisted by the 2016 Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Award and won £1000 towards developing her practice.

The award, which encouraged nominations from established practitioners, producers and directors, is supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation. The shortlist, selected by critic Lyn Gardner, Fevered Sleep’s David Harradine, and Southbank’s Jude Kelly CBE, looked at a wide spectrum of UK based talent working in Children’s Theatre from writers, adapters, designers and/or devisors. The Award is not a commission but to be used to pay for living and working expenses, affording the chosen artist some breathing space in order to nurture their own development within the artform.

Children’s Theatre was chosen by the Arts Foundation to give recognition to the artform. As judge David Harradine explains, I know how hard it can be to be an artist with ambition and a strong commitment to young audiences, and how frustrating that, still, work for children is not as celebrated, well funded, or critically acclaimed as it should be. Spanning disciplines, the shortlist all share a vision of a world in which artists aspire to make their best work, their most innovative work, and their bravest work, when they’re making work for children.  That the Arts Foundation might help make such a dreamed-of world a reality is simply brilliant’.

The shortlist included Steven Camden, Elizabeth Clark and winner Greg Sinclair. Looking at the shortlist it is notable that the diverse range of artists have brought well established skills to their current practice. Dancer and choreographer Liz Clark is artistic director of ‘Turned on its Head’, a company that is widely acknowledged to be pushing the boundaries of participatory dance theatre performance for children under five and their families, with inclusivity at its heart;  Spoken word artist, Steven Camden’s (aka Polarbear) highly acclaimed and exuberant, fast-paced, ‘Mouth Open, Story Jump Out’ show has taken his story telling from Britain’s schools to the international stage; Self-proclaimed  performance maker and choreographer Rosie Heafford makes highly visual, socially engaged and subtly participatory work for children,  often designed to adapt to a variety of spaces, from the theatre-based, intergenerational ‘Dad Dancing’, to the multi-sensory and surprisingly active library performance of ‘Humpty Dumpty’; Greg Sinclair is a musician and live artist, beginning with a musical idea and then working with children as his collaborators.  After extensive research in primary schools, he took ‘Ditto’, a music-based performance to the theatre, a show that allowed and encouraged children’s reflection and response to a musical journey.

The winner was announced on Thursday 28th January in London at the Arts Foundation Awards 2016 when £78,000 of awards were announced across the Arts. Other awards are in: Art in Urban Space, Materials Innovation, Literary Translation, Producers of Live Music and Jewellery Design.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   on the 2016 shortlist and the Arts Foundation go to www.artsfoundation.co.uk

New show for babies '16 Singers' opens as part of Dance Umbrella

14 October 2015

Choreographer Rosie Heafford, has been working alongside Katherine Morley on a new show for babies aged 0-18 months. Using the voices of 16 live singers, this piece cleverly captures the attention of tiny spectators with breath, rhythms and song, and blends movement patterns and dance with an intricate, moving set.

Paul Rissman’s uplifting score is sung by the performers as they move amongst the babies, while Rosie Heafford adds gentle patterns of movement in and around Sophia Clist’s delicately woven sculpture. With its very young audience at its heart, 16 Singers is a rare opportunity to share a beautifully crafted performance with your baby.

Out of the Egg Productions in association with Dance Umbrella

Tour Dates

The Albany
London
15th – 16th October

Arts Depot
London
27th – 28th October

Stratford Circus
London
29th – 31st October

Take-Off Festival
Durham
21 - 24 October 2015

Waterside Arts Centre

Manchester
30th October

The Boo
Rossendale
31st October

Z Arts
Manchester
1st November

St David’s Hall
Cardiff
3rd November

the egg
Bath
5th – 8th November

Vacancy: Technical Manager

22 July 2015

Technical Manager (Freelance Contract)

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible to:                  

Artistic Director

Responsible for:                 

Managing all technical areas of a small-scale tour.

Fee:                                       

£180 per day plus travel and per diems when performing outside of Surrey/London. For most performances you will be required to travel the evening before

Tour dates:                          

6,19, 20, 27 September 2015

10,11,18, 24, 26, 27 October 2015

28 November 2015

(dates to be shared with current Technical Manager - more in Spring 2016 TBC)

Company Base:

Epsom, Surrey

Key objectives:                   

We are looking for an experienced enthusiastic individual to join this vibrant and exciting small touring team. This is a multi-skilled position and applicants will need to demonstrate a range of organisational and technical skills and have experience in small-scale touring theatre environment.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Technical Manager’s primary role is to ensure that all the lighting, sound and stage requirements are met on tour. As such, they will be expected to work unsupervised and operate a venues technical systems in accordance with their Health and Safety procedures. They should behave in a professional and considerate manner in all dealings with colleagues and venues.

 

Key Tasks

  • Consult with the Stage Manager, in order to prepare all equipment/set required for the production – ensuring the required amount is available and in complete working order.
  • Work closely with Stage Manager and keep them informed of all changes to plans in order that all paperwork can be kept up to date and assist in the maintaining of accurate records of the production.
  • Program and operate lighting, projection and sound consoles (project and sound run from QLab).
  • Manage fit-up/rig and strike of set, LX, Digital Media & sound of all performances
  • Ensure work is carried out in accordance with each venues Health and Safety Policy; making sure team members are aware of the requirements and informing the Stage Manager if further instruction is required.
  • Liaising with venues to ensure all equipment and technical requirements are met
  • Assisting with set construction and maintenance - communicate any issues or repairs needed to Artistic Director and Stage Manager 
  • To ensure appropriate advice, liaison and support is given to the Director and their team
  • Responsible for the Stage Management staff; building an effective team and ensuring work is delivered to a high standard and meets deadlines
  • Carry out any other duties relevant to the post.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The Technical Manager will need to be self motivated and will need to possess the following skills, experience, abilities and knowledge:

Technical

  • Ability to program lighting consoles
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
  • Experience of safe rigging practices
  • Maintenance and PAT test experience
  • Good understanding of stage systems and techniques
  • Experience of focusing a wide variety of lighting equipment
  • Experience of using sound systems
  • A varied knowledge of all theatrical technical areas
  • The ability to read and action lighting and scenery plans
  • Experience of following Risk Assessments and Method Statements

Personal

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work unsupervised
  • Motivation to maintain a positive work environment
  • The ability to problem solve quickly and work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to work unsociable hours
  • Full and clean driver’s licence and own transport (may sometimes be needed to drive the van)

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application Deadline:          Friday 14 August 2015, 5pm

Interview Dates:                  Monday 24 August

To apply please send a CV, statement of interest and 2 referees to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk

Please include the following in your application:

  • Any relevant experience touring small-scale work
  • Why you are interested in this role
  • Why you think you would be the right person for the job
  • What you think the challenges and highlights of this role would be

 

Vacancy: Stage Manager

22 July 2015

Stage Manager (Freelance Contract)

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible to:                  

Technical Manager

Responsible for:                

Supporting Technical Manager and performers with all production needs including get-in/get-out

Fee:                                       

£125 per day plus travel and per diems when performing outside of Surrey/London. For most performances you will be required to travel the evening before

Company Base:

Epsom, Surrey

Tour dates:                          

 6,19, 20, 27 September 2015

10,11,18, 24, 26, 27 October 2015

28 November 2015

8 – 31 January 2016

(more in Spring 2016 TBC)

 Key objectives:                   

We are looking for an experienced enthusiastic individual to join this vibrant and exciting small touring team. This is a multi-skilled position and applicants will need to demonstrate a range of organisational and technical skills and have experience in small-scale touring theatre environment.

JOB DESCRIPTION               

The Stage Manager’s role is to ensure a smooth performance and that requirements are met for the technical and performance aspects of the show. They will be required to liase between technician, performers and venues on tour and ensure the highest quality experience for all.

Key Tasks

  • Booking, collecting and driving the van
  • Booking and collecting turf
  • Coordinating timings pick-ups for full team (details to be emailed 1 week in advance)
  • Managing petty cash on tour
  • Documenting shows and submitting show reports to Artistic Director including collation of stats and feedback
  • Ensuring all dressing rooms are set up as required for artists and checking they are left in the same condition after Get out.
  • Maintaining health and safety requirements of all backstage areas
  • Consult with the Technical Manager, in order to prepare all equipment/set required for the production – ensuring the required amount is available and in complete working order.
  • Work closely with Technical Manager and keep them informed of all changes to plans in order that all paperwork can be kept up to date and assist in the maintaining of accurate records of the production.
  • Ensure work is carried out in accordance with each venues Health and Safety Policy; making sure team members are aware of the requirements and informing the Technical Manager if further instruction is required.
  • Work with the Director to arrange and run rehearsal schedules
  • Assisting with set construction and maintenance - communicate any issues or repairs needed to Artistic Director and Technical Manager
  • To ensure appropriate advice, liaison and support is given to the Director and their team
  • Carry out any other duties relevant to the post.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The Stage Manager will need to be self motivated and will need to possess the following skills, experience, abilities and knowledge:

Personal

  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • The ability to work unsupervised
  • Motivation to maintain a positive work environment
  • The ability to problem solve quickly and work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to work unsociable hours
  • Full and clean driver’s licence and own transport (may sometimes be needed to drive own car)

 

Technical

  • Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
  • Good understanding of stage systems and techniques
  • The ability to read and action lighting and scenery plans
  • Experience of following Risk Assessments and Method Statements
  • Technical experience e.g. operating lighting/sound systems and rigging (desired)

 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application Deadline:          Friday 14 August 2015, 5pm

Interview Dates:                  Monday 24 August

To apply please send a CV, statement of interest and 2 referees to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk

Please include the following in your application:

  • Any relevant experience touring small-scale work
  • Why you are interested in this role
  • Why you think you would be the right person for the job
  • What you think the challenges and highlights of this role would be

 

Call for teacher-participants for workshops

02 July 2015

Zoe Manders

 Teaching, Dance & Creativity Workshops

18 &/or 20 August 2015, 10.30am-4pm

The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” John Wooden

 

Rosie Heafford is offering a FREE opportunity for teachers to take part in a workshop to explore creativity, dancing and teaching. 

 

This workshop is part of a creative new project, ‘Teachers’, that Rosie is currently researching and will explore what teaching is, what a ‘teaching practice’ is, who does it and the effect it has on our society.

The workshop is open to anyone who would call themselves a teacher (primary, secondary, university, homeschooling etc), or has been a teacher in the past, who has experience working in education or who has the desire to explore the workshop themes creatively. We ask that participants come with an open attitude and willingness to share and explore creative tasks.

www.secondhanddance.co.uk

 

Second Hand Dance is a collaborative company, creatively led by Rosie Heafford, which works with artists and people from a variety of disciplines to produce participatory and interactive dance experiences. Our vision is to curate performative events that stimulate and gently converse with audiences to inspire joyful dancing and an outlook of hope. Most recently, Rosie worked with Alexandrina Hemsley, Helena Webb and Battersea Arts Centre on Dad Dancing, a show with 3 dads, 3 daughters and supporting cast of fathers, sons and daughters that explore dancing and fatherhood.

 

Bookings: Please email rosie.heafford@gmail.com including your name, a little about yourself, and which day you would like to attend (you can attend one or both).

These workshops are supported by Arts Council England and The Place.

Open Audition for Male/Female Dancer

22 February 2015

AUDITION
Monday 16 March 2015.

We are looking for 1 male or female dancer with the following qualities:
• Excellent devising skills and confident experimenting with ideas
• Excellent improvisation and contemporary dance skills, a willingness to learn and expand choreography
• Comfortable collaborating; friendly and approachable
• Good voice skills and confident interacting with audiences
• Preferred - experience performing shows for young children
• Preferred - experienced in both theatres and non-traditional settings
• Willingness to dance on real grass, puppeteer a fake-worm and get mucky during performances!
Applications from people from diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

For more information go to: www.unicorntheatre.com/files/Open audition.pdf

Arts Council Funding to tour 'Grass'

22 January 2015

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in applying for funding from Arts Council Funding to tour Grass, our new show for children, around the UK with a run at The Unicorn in London!

More details and tour dates will be announced in the coming months, but we just thought we'd let you know how pleased we are to be taking Ant and Wormy on the road!

Dad Dancing Premiers at Battersea Arts Centre

20 October 2014

DAD DANCING
A show choreographed by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley & Helena Webb performed alongside their dads Adrian, David and Andy.

Battersea Arts Centre
29 Oct – 15 Nov | 7:30pm

Could anyone ever persuade you to take your dance moves to the stage?

Meet three brave dads who agreed to dance with their daughters in a new show. Through a series of touching episodes, they explore father-child relationships with joyous contemporary choreography, humour and playful storytelling.

Joined by a supporting cast of fathers, sons and daughters of all ages, they fearlessly slip and slide their way through their similarities and differences, hopes and regrets to a soundtrack including Beethoven, Whitney Houston and Pendulum.

Reclaiming ‘dad dancing’ from the cynics, this dynamic group of performers encourage us all to dance our own dance with joy.

Price: £15, £12 concs
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