THE BODY OF US
'The Body Of Us' is a new engagement and choreographic project from dance choreographer, performer and facilitator Bridget Fiske.
It is a project about the simple joy of meeting each other through movement.
It is about giving, sharing, playing, discovering and responding.
'The Body of Us' is aimed at bringing people together through movement, and making dance, creative experiences and choreography accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, language and experience.
'The Body Of Us' currently has three branches of activity in its design:
'The Body Of Us / Public'
A distributed score led by Activators to engage audiences and public in moments of dance and human exchange. In supported and playful ways it places the audience at the heart of the dance as performer and choreographer.
'Bridget Fiske has created a responsive, immersive and incredibly playful interactive experience.. 'The Body of Us' is a working template to find moments of engagement and conversation between art and audiences, and is able to be tailored to each venues, place or space to generate a bespoke outcome. It is not just way finding, or pop up performance, or installation, 'The Body of Us' is a unique way to be in dialogue about the world around us. With Fiske continuing to devise new moments of pure delight, Supercell welcomes 'The Body of Us' any time!'
Kate Usher: Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane Curator
'The Body Of Us / Guided'
Workshops delivered by Bridget Fiske & Co that focus on creativity and sharing movement together, that can be delivered in a range of education and community contexts.
To date these workshops have engaged:
> primary and secondary students in school and in and extra curricular contexts (participant ages 4 to 16 years),
> youth dance groups in festival contexts (participant ages 8 to 21 years) and
> women of a range of ages and cultural background in an informal creative english as second language learning environment.
'The Body of Us allowed Heart & Parcel's ESOL learners to explore multiple sides of themselves through physical, emotional and social creation. Making full use of their existing linguistic repertoires, the women we work with developed and strengthened their range of communication skills, learning new aspects about themselves and each other.'
Clare Courtney, Founder and Project coordinator (Education and Learning), Heart & Parcel
Contact: email@example.com to discuss facilitation and workshops needs as well as for a more detailed workshop information including content descriptions, aims and outcomes.
'The Body Of Us / Independent'
The first in a series of resources that guides people through accessible and creative movement and dance experiences. These tools can be used by people in any context, without the need for previous dance experience. This resource is particularly suitable for teachers and community activity leaders.
MORE INFORMATION ON 'THE BODY OF US / INDEPENDENT' COMING SOON...
Participants can also experience themselves a part of a wider participating community on-line. See more...
Why 'The Body of Us'?
Bridget has developed 'The Body Of Us' in response to her experiences working at local grassroots levels and travelling the world, meeting, sharing and performing with communities and artists: moments that continue to inspire her and that she will never forget.
'The Body Of Us' brings together several considerations that are present for Bridget:
1. creating opportunities for exchange and facilitation across physical distances,
2. ensuring experiencing and expressing our humanity through movement are prioritised, and
3. finding ongoing ways to create opportunities for dance to be connected with as an accessible and joyous form.
Bridget acknowledges the history that inspires this project. All those great workshop games, tasks and processes that bring us closer together (that she has experienced as a participant, student and facilitator) and an inspiring legacy of dance artists who have used scores to democratise dance.
Concept & direction: Bridget Fiske
Producer: Tricia Coleman
Context, design and content consultants: Clare Courtney, David Wildridge and Amy Voris
Associate Artist: Rachel Maffei
Graphic & Communication design collaborator: Cat Childs at The Love Press
Thank you to Andrew Crofts, Sarie Slee, Catherine Simmonds, Scott Sneedon, previous activators and all participants in The Body of Us.
Activity to date:
For Dance; Sampled - The Lowry, Salford - 2018
Directed by: Bridget Fiske
Rehearsal Direction by: Sarie Mairs Slee
Dance; Sampled Extras Producer: Jade Aitchison
Activators: Giorgio DeCarolis, Ina Colizza, Rachel Maffei, Joseph Lau and 2nd year students from University of Salford BA (Hons) Dance.
For 'Dance With US' - University of Salford -2018
Project Lead: Sarie Mairs Slee
Activators: Students of University of Salford BA Dance (Hons) programme.
As part of the Evaluating Methods of Aesthetic Enquiry across Disciplines International Leverhulme Network workshop, Manchester 2018.
For Dance; Sampled - The Lowry, Salford - 2017
Rehearsal Direction by: Sarie Mairs Slee
Dance: Sampled Extras Producers: Jade Aitchison & Aimee Baker
Activators: Courtney Clarke, Ina Colizza, Kelsey-Leigh Cunliffe, Sally Hendry, Joseph Lau, Nathaniel Mason, Christine Meadows, Callum Newman, Efimifa Raouna, Shea Roberts, Amy Voris, Jessica Ward & Aline Zora.
For Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance - The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
Co-director: Scott Sneedon
Supercell Producer: En Rui Foo
Activators: Marisa Georgia, Caitlin Hultgren, Seaon Hylton, Stuart Nix, Franciska Schmoll, Alicia Jane Steele & Hugo Russell.
Images: Joseph Lau at Dance : Sampled at The Lowry 2018 and UDance The Lowry 2018
'The Body Of Us' has been realised via funding and support from:
and Evaluating Methods of Aesthetic Enquiry across Disciplines International Leverhulme Network