Element Workshops

Photo by Sean Crawford Photography

I will be running Element Workshops over 4 sessions from Eaton Bishop Village Hall throughout September on a Tuesday evening 6.15pm – 7.45pm. I would love it, if you could join me and treat yourself to some ‘me time’ this September.

We will be connecting with the four Elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air and discover how they feature in your life and how you can draw new inspiration from them to  integrate into your everyday or creative life.

Each week a different element will be explored through embodiment, movement, dance, play and meditations within a small group.

I am a trained Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Movement Practitioner and will guide you through the session to allow you to explore, experiment and discover in a safe environment.

When?

Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September 2018

Time: 6.15pm – 7.45pm

Where?

Eaton Bishop Village Hall, Hereford, HR2 9QW

Cost?

£40 for all 4 sessions to be paid prior to the first session

Booking is essential, as places are limited.

To book a place:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elements-workshop-tickets-49127744406 or contact me using the below form to book your place or if you have any questions.

Questions you may have:

Do I need any dance experience? No, not at all. It is about connecting with the movements that your body authentically creates, rather than a specific dance technique.

Do I need to wear anything in particular? I recommend wearing comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movements. You may choose to go barefoot or wear soft shoes with a sole, so that you don’t slip.

Do I need to bring anything in particular? A bottle of water and a mat or blanket is all you require.

Thank you for your time and please do get in touch if you have any questions or feel free to forward this email on, if you think you may know someone who might be interested.

 

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The Little Black Fish – final days of rehearsal and performance

Busy, busy, busy….are the three words to describe the last couple of weeks of our Little Black Fish process.

The final rehearsals involved tweaking the ending of the performance and adding further material into already created sections to give the little old lady a narrative throughout the performance that would draw the audience in and allow them to relate to the story.

The rehearsal in the Starlight Tent at the Hay Festival gave us the opportunity to further tweak our created material and identify any areas that we would need to further consider in regards to the space that we performing in.

The preview performance at the Hereford College of Arts on 24th May, gave us the opportunity to identify any areas that we would need to develop in the remaining rehearsal time available to us, before the premier of the Little Black Fish. Feedback from Performing Arts and Music students and staff was useful and allowed the performers to be aware of points within the performance that the audience may react to.

During the Hay Festival performance the show started off with a child from the member of audience being so involved in the performance from the outset that he got off his chair to help the little old lady puppet reach for the ball of wool that represented the little black fish. A very beautiful moment.

Realising the importance the story of the little black fish holds in publisher Delaram’ s life and seeing her and her team from Tiny Owl publishing company being moved by the performance meant the world to the performers, Purvin (Aritistic Director from The Fetch) and myself.

After the performance we were thrilled to help Tiny Owl Publishing  with the 50th Birthday Celebration for ‘the little black fish’ book. 50 years since it was first published. The children at the Festival got to walk around and follow the puppets and everyone enjoyed a fantastic slice of cake.

A fantastic project that has involved so many people from various disciplines come together

 

Time for self = transformation

Having a holiday and time off work  has allowed me to connect with myself and connect with my purpose again.

Transformation ….transformation…transformation…. is the common thread throughout my own life, but also in the lives of so many people I have come in contact with over the past 20 plus years. Giving family members, friends and students nudges and support when and where needed to guide them into a direction in which I can sense they will find themselves, flourish and create a positive contribution to the world – and seeing the individuals progress on their journey with contentment gives me great joy. Our lives come together for a short period of time for ‘my work’ (not that it ever feels like it is work) to be done and then we drift apart again.

For some time now I have been wanting to share what I have learned over the past years that has helped me feel enjoyment and fulfillment in my life, but I had not found the right format. During my morning run,  the format of how to share what I want to share suddenly came to me and now that I know what it is, it feels pretty obvious – and that is the beauty of it – it is simple and it is in the format that I know so well – the format I have been working with for years – Group workshops.

My aim is to allow people to have time to connect with themselves in a safe space and explore the elements, which may turn into a transformative experience for the individual.

Like my run this morning – giving myself time to be with myself, connecting with the element of fire (the sun was shining!) being with and becoming aware of  my body allowed me to figure out how to progress with something in my life I have been wanting to do for a very long time.

I want people to have the opportunity to see their lives through four different lenses by exploring the elements: earth, water, fire and air.  Exploring the role that these play in their lives and hold a space in which they have permission to experiment with new ideas in a safe space that will allow for blocks to be shifted or confusion be shifted into clarity. By raising a bodily/ embodied perspective on life, new solutions can be found and integrated into everyday life that result into transformation.

So watch this space everybody, as the workshop content is forming very quickly and venues and dates are already being explored. Can’t wait to run the workshops!

Little Black Fish rehearsal Day 7, 8 and 9

With set, puppets, actors and musicians in the rehearsal space our performance based on the Little Black Fish is developing.

The story has been broken down into scenes and after exploring how some of the characters can be created with the props we have now started working through the story chronologically.

There is the up, down and around dance, the river pool grove and we wouldn’t want to forget to mention the metal interlude of the crab.

The material is developing organically between text, musicians, performers and directors.

With less than 30 hours of rehearsals we are working quickly to ensue that everything comes together for our private view on 24th March, a week before it goes to the Hay Festival.

Little Black Fish Rehearsal Day 6

Hereford College of Arts students from the Contemporary Design Craft course with the support from Purvin, Artistic Director from The Fetch have completed two big puppets for our performance at the Hay Festival.

Jess (CDC student) has developed the head of the little old lady puppet, who will be representing the old fish of the little black fish story. Here Purvin is showing Jess the next steps that are needed in the making of her puppet.

The crab and the pelican were operated today by Performing Arts student Tommy Ryan. In this process the costume ideas developed…the puppeteers and performers will be dressed in shipmen outfits from the past.

Spending the morning experimenting and exploring allowed us to find movements for the puppets and develop ideas. Wool is going to play a big role throughout the entire telling of the story. Improvising with the wool has allowed us to develop the little old ladies background story. (The lady puppet in the photo below is a stand-in for now until Jess has completed her puppet).

She wakes to find herself in the midst of wool balls. She is unsure where she is, but soon sees stories in the balls of wool and chooses to tell the story of the black wool ball…that obviously represents the story of the little black fish.

Narration will take place throughout the performance, however where and at what points will be decided and developed throughout the rehearsals in May.

The opening scene was worked on and narration points were identified. It was a joy to welcome four Hereford College of Arts BA(hons) Popular Music students into the process, who straight away created melodies and sound scapes to the opening scene we had been working on. It is always fascinating to me how sound adds so much to the telling of a story.

The music students were then also introduced to the crab and pelican and sound and music ideas were improvised with and discussed and work on these will continue throughout the process. The creation of the sound is a two way conversation between puppeteer who is responding to the sound and the musicians responding to the actions of the puppeteer. Very organic way of working.

Working with Purvin is a joy and his creativity and attention to detail is inspiring. I very much look forward to commencing our rehearsal phase…I just have to wait a few weeks. In the meantime I will be busy sourcing furniture items needed for the set and more wool! (if you have any spare wool that is keen to perform at the Hay Festival please do get in touch!)

Until the next time.

The little Black Fish Project Day 5 – First character complete

The ‘Beast from the East’ and storm Emma meant that my Friday was an unusual one. Instead of going into College and teaching my Performing Arts degree students I was stuck at home – literally snowed in.

I managed to get several administrative tasks done in connection with the Little Black Fish project and I realised that I am communicating with well over 20 people to make this project come together, from the Tiny Owl Publishing Company, to the Hay Festival, to the Fetch Theatre company, to communicating with at least 4 Course Leaders from various courses, as well as the Marketing team at Hereford College of Arts, to the individual students who are involved in the project and who are currently making the various characters for our performance.

Looking at the character list and who is making which character ‘the neighbour fish’ is one character that has currently not been allocated to anyone. The neighbour fish was envisaged by Purvin and myself as a wool ball that is in the process of being knitted into a black sock. This would make the unfinished sock still have the 3 or 4 knitting needles stuck in it. Given that the neighbour fish isn’t a particularly pleasant character we thought that the knitting needles could make the little black unfinished sock look quite fierce.

My mother is great at knitting socks and currently visiting me from Germany. With the snow also having her stuck in the house what better way of spending your time than knitting a sock?

Sadly I only found a small ball of wool in the house, so I contacted my lovely neighbour and found that she indeed did have some wool available.

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A quick visit (after spending a good half an hour wrapping up warm and finding a method of transportation) meant that the work on the ‘neighbour fish’ could begin.

 

 

 

A couple of hours later…here is the first complete character for the Little Black Fish performance.

The little Black Fish Day 4

Today’s task: Making puppets at the Fetch workshop in Leominster.

Due to the snow warnings, today has started later than expected. We have, however, managed to get to the workshop in Leominster and a group of Hereford College of Arts BA(hons) degree Contemporary Design Craft and Performing Arts students have continued the work on the giant puppets that we are creating – a crab and a pelican.

Jess has also started creating the face of the ‘little old lady’ puppet who will be imagining and telling the story of the ‘Little Black Fish‘ throughout the performance.

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The day was incredibly productive with the crab now having 8 legs and the pelican having a head and a couple of feet.

We are having to work quick and think on our feet using materials available that are light, so that our giant puppets don’t end up weighing a ton.

We have left the workshop with the glue on our hands that just can’t be scrubbed off and smiles on our faces with the knowledge that our creatures are taking shape.

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