in the moment

in the moment

Sometimes all you need to do is to put the music on, close your eyes, place your hands on your torso and take a deep breath or smile.  That’s just what the participants have been doing in the ‘Creative Communications’ sessions.  Along with movement and art activities they have been full of music, colour, conversation and laughter. Thanks to Ideas…

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we’ll meet again!

we’ll meet again!

It has been a tantalizing 6 weeks that have flown by in Chalk and Higham.  Using the element of surprise, the participants have not known what to expect each week. From voice to conducting, movement with materials, powder pigment painting to drawing on foil, storytelling and much more. The ideas explored during the sessions will…

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edna evaluated

edna evaluated

Finally, after rigorous and effective work by the research team, the edna evaluation report is now available. The research team include Dr Ann Skingley from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre based at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent and Stephanie De’Ath from Trinity Laban’s Dance Science Department in Greenwich.  With support from Luci Napleton,…

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elevated edna

elevated edna

This afternoon everyone who has been part of this journey and more, came together to celebrate and how elevated do we all feel?  Words cannot describe sometimes, but here goes. “it was like we were one big family” from Anne.  We couldn’t agree more. Enriching experience and tapping into everyone’s creativity, that some people didn’t…

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edna, I’d just like to say

edna, I’d just like to say

Thank you, that’s what I’d like to say and so ‘thank you’ I say to everyone involved with ‘edna’ and that’s a lot of people – behind the scenes and up front.  The exhibition celebration was perfect, I felt really proud and just happy to see everyone again and to celebrate your work. See you…

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end of edna?

end of edna?

The last 3 months have flown by and so much creativity has happened.  The Artists have been integral to the huge success of edna. As Wendy passed the last prop and Rebecca passed the last move everyone expressed” how they do not want edna to end”. “edna has been unique, completely different and appreciated” But…

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Notation Interpretation

Notation Interpretation

Today I was quite cryptic and we left a lot to interpretation… The group choreographed their own movement sequences using props. The room was very colourful and there were excellent ideas including semaphore and dance of the seven veils! The group showed each other their dances and then we had cake! After the well earned…

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the tomato top

the tomato top

Inspiration can come from many things and sometimes the most natural are the most beautiful. Avril brought in a dried tomato top and Wendy projected it onto the screen whilst Rebecca echoed its shape and delicacy through movement. Sandra kindly shared her art with us, some of her ideas directly influenced from the sessions. Creating her own…

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lifting off the page

lifting off the page

Brian and I have been talking. We’ve been wondering about how we might turn the ‘breath’ lines into a sculpture, “lifting them off the page” and “making the lines stand up”. We thought about galvanised wire or dipping wool in resin? A similar chat with Frances was around trying different materials, we considered silly string…

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in the moment

in the moment

This morning everyone felt tired and weary and with this weather slightly cold.  Rebecca and Wendy definitely got everyone up and moving with their stimulating art and dance activities. Lots of improvisation, mirroring and prop movements followed by duet Chinese whisper drawing definitely warmed the whole group. By the end of the session expressions of being…

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