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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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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in the moment again

Today everyone wore blue. This made our mirroring and following activity extra special for the Go Pro (a clever bit of equipment that takes a photo every ten seconds). Everyone took a chance to lead and follow then we all danced in unison, not knowing who was our leader. It was fantastic to see everyone…

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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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you lead, I’ll follow …

you lead, I’ll follow …

You could feel the energy levels lift throughout the morning, indeed at one point I thought a couple may take off! We spent a lot of time moving and mimicking each other and all at a very slow pace, extremely concentrated at times and, I feel, tiring for the mind and muscles. The music definitely…

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the skipping limbo experiment

The past few sessions were about experimentation. Our ideas came from the prop we were using, a giant red piece of lycra. I like to use texture and colours in a lot of my dance work to enhance the movements we do. This time the texture and colour directly influenced what we did and it…

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spin, spin, spin me around

spin, spin, spin me around

What do you use your salad spinner for? Washing lettuce? Cleaning potatoes? Have you ever thought to use it for spinning paint? Today Edna experimented with consistences, colours and varying the speed, it also had the added benefit of warming the arms and shoulders. Over spinning can cause your salad spinner to take off! Beware.

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