• Dance Space
  • Key Objectives
  • General
  • Training & Development
  • Key Obj.Residencies

RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES AND MASTER CLASSES

Dance Umbrella 2012 John Hogg 693At the Dance Space in Newtown, we are continuously hosting master classes, dance workshops and arts administration training programs with a focus on young artists.

During the Dance Umbrella  there were several Master classes facilitated by local and international teachers/choreographers.

Target Markets: Our target market is young and hip!! The people we connect with are aged between 15-30 years of age. They are people who are innovative and passionate about the new South Africa. They want to be part of the creation of a new democracy and they are passionate about doing it!!

The Dance Forum and its various projects including the  Dance Umbrella –  which provides both the audience and the  performers with an opportunity to reflect the demographics of the country more than any other arts discipline, and has always done so: both physically and mentally, they embody the notion of living and working in society (rather than the economy).

Achievements to date:

  • workshops
  • Link to other African projects within Africa
  • The inherent qualities of what the Dance Umbrella and related projects achieves:
  • Accessibility
  • Nurturing and development
  • Skills development
  • Youth
  • Stable project that has a firm foundation from which to work from
  • Innovation: forward lookin

Key Objectives of the Dance Space  and its Collaborations and Connections

The contemporary dance scene in Gauteng and the rest of Southern Africa is regarded an important asset in the rest of the world. We travel to Dance Umbrella 2012 John Hogg 533international festivals, we collaborate mostly with European countries, we meet at meetings mostly in foreign countries, we see work from African dance practitioners in European cities and so it goes on…

The international doors have opened to embrace South African dance. But there is not one space in all of South Africa that is offering to give South African artists a place to work in. There is not one space in Gauteng where dancers and choreographers know they can attend daily classes and workshops. There is not one dance space in Gauteng that focuses on development and nurturing, training in dance, choreography and administration. There is not one dance space in Gauteng that programmes workshops; residency, developmental programmes and classes; invites applications from dance practitioners for a space to create and perform work; that invites local and international collaborations.

Dance practitioners in Gauteng and in this country require a space where classes, training, workshops, choreographic projects and international exchange can be facilitated. This includes a number of residencies where choreographers can develop free play, work with and teach students and collaborate with African/overseas-based choreographers. These teachers and choreographers will also be able to run workshops and develop projects, which have a specific developmental and outreach component.

The studio/s will also be used for developmental work, choreographic projects and studio development during the time of the FNB Dance Umbrella and other contemporary dance events, nationally. Residencies and internships will run in this space throughout the year.

  • Applications/proposals will be invited to the management of the Dance Space/Dance Forum and funding will be sought in collaboration with the choreographers/dancers. Due to the lack of funding in this country, this will have to be worked out quite far in advance to ensure that the back-up is there for the projects.
  • A Daily Open Class can be facilitated in the space. Dance community will have to activate this and keep it going.
  • An intern programme can be created by which both arts administrator and technical management training programme is instituted.
  • Applications for the space will be invited annually, for the next year so that fund-raising can be done.
  • Festivals can use space for workshops/open classes etc.
  • The space can be made available for outside hirers.


Circle by Sifiso Kweyama photo by Val Adamson

Arts Administration Trainee programme: There is an urgent need to give young people an opportunity to train in arts administration. Currently there are very few people who are qualified to work within an arts infrastructure due to no training place and/or schools/venues available. We would look at taking in at least 2 interns who could learn general arts administration which would include: fund-raising, budgeting, planning, programming, publicity, marketing and the general aesthetics of working in the arts industry. The 2nd person would be trained in technical management which would include lighting, sound, stage management, touring and other sides of a technician’s life.

Young Choreographer’s/Youth development programme as stated above.

The above is subject to fundraising and is set very loosely around sticking to some kind of structure rather than just being a space open to booking. The Dance sector are inclined to insist they need space, but often don’t utilize it, due to lack of funding and planning.

MDU MTSHALI TOUR

Key Objectives of Residencies


Collaborations and Connections

The key objective of Dance Forum has been to develop the talent of South African choreographers and dancers, by offering a free platform for new work, on all levels of developing contemporary dance.

  • Stepping Stones Programmes: for community-based and youth groups. The youth groups are encouraged to participate as well as watch other companies at work. Currently we see talented artists we would like to assist further, but do not have the space to do so.
  • New Moves Programmes: here the focus is on the younger up-and-coming artists. A series of choreographic workshops are included. Five choreographers are commissioned to present work at the Dance Umbrella. Here again we would like to offer these artists an opportunity to attend a residency programme to develop further.
  • Main Programmes: for the established South African choreographers, commissioned work and overseas companies brought by their Consuls. These artists work both locally and internationally and currently sadly have to accept residency programmes in Europe where they create the work that they present in Johannesburg.

 


DESIRED OUTCOME: That we can set-up a reliable space that serves the dance community in the following ways:

-       To develop and assist South African artists by giving them the opportunity to learn and discover current ways of creating and performing work.

-       To offer a space to South African choreographers and dancers where they can work within a secure and supportive environment.

-       To train young people in arts administration and technical stage management.

-       Ultimately we hope to create a performance space where we can present the results of our programmes.

-       Do outreach programmes that will feed into other areas such as Soweto, East Rand, Tshwane etc etc

  • Dance Space
  • Key Objectives
  • General
  • Training & Development
  • Key Obj.Residencies

RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES AND MASTER CLASSES

Dance Umbrella 2012 John Hogg 693At the Dance Space in Newtown, we are continuously hosting master classes, dance workshops and arts administration training programs with a focus on young artists.

During the Dance Umbrella  there were several Master classes facilitated by local and international teachers/choreographers.

Target Markets: Our target market is young and hip!! The people we connect with are aged between 15-30 years of age. They are people who are innovative and passionate about the new South Africa. They want to be part of the creation of a new democracy and they are passionate about doing it!!

The Dance Forum and its various projects including the  Dance Umbrella –  which provides both the audience and the  performers with an opportunity to reflect the demographics of the country more than any other arts discipline, and has always done so: both physically and mentally, they embody the notion of living and working in society (rather than the economy).

Achievements to date:

  • workshops
  • Link to other African projects within Africa
  • The inherent qualities of what the Dance Umbrella and related projects achieves:
  • Accessibility
  • Nurturing and development
  • Skills development
  • Youth
  • Stable project that has a firm foundation from which to work from
  • Innovation: forward lookin

Key Objectives of the Dance Space  and its Collaborations and Connections

The contemporary dance scene in Gauteng and the rest of Southern Africa is regarded an important asset in the rest of the world. We travel to Dance Umbrella 2012 John Hogg 533international festivals, we collaborate mostly with European countries, we meet at meetings mostly in foreign countries, we see work from African dance practitioners in European cities and so it goes on…

The international doors have opened to embrace South African dance. But there is not one space in all of South Africa that is offering to give South African artists a place to work in. There is not one space in Gauteng where dancers and choreographers know they can attend daily classes and workshops. There is not one dance space in Gauteng that focuses on development and nurturing, training in dance, choreography and administration. There is not one dance space in Gauteng that programmes workshops; residency, developmental programmes and classes; invites applications from dance practitioners for a space to create and perform work; that invites local and international collaborations.

Dance practitioners in Gauteng and in this country require a space where classes, training, workshops, choreographic projects and international exchange can be facilitated. This includes a number of residencies where choreographers can develop free play, work with and teach students and collaborate with African/overseas-based choreographers. These teachers and choreographers will also be able to run workshops and develop projects, which have a specific developmental and outreach component.

The studio/s will also be used for developmental work, choreographic projects and studio development during the time of the FNB Dance Umbrella and other contemporary dance events, nationally. Residencies and internships will run in this space throughout the year.

  • Applications/proposals will be invited to the management of the Dance Space/Dance Forum and funding will be sought in collaboration with the choreographers/dancers. Due to the lack of funding in this country, this will have to be worked out quite far in advance to ensure that the back-up is there for the projects.
  • A Daily Open Class can be facilitated in the space. Dance community will have to activate this and keep it going.
  • An intern programme can be created by which both arts administrator and technical management training programme is instituted.
  • Applications for the space will be invited annually, for the next year so that fund-raising can be done.
  • Festivals can use space for workshops/open classes etc.
  • The space can be made available for outside hirers.


Circle by Sifiso Kweyama photo by Val Adamson

Arts Administration Trainee programme: There is an urgent need to give young people an opportunity to train in arts administration. Currently there are very few people who are qualified to work within an arts infrastructure due to no training place and/or schools/venues available. We would look at taking in at least 2 interns who could learn general arts administration which would include: fund-raising, budgeting, planning, programming, publicity, marketing and the general aesthetics of working in the arts industry. The 2nd person would be trained in technical management which would include lighting, sound, stage management, touring and other sides of a technician’s life.

Young Choreographer’s/Youth development programme as stated above.

The above is subject to fundraising and is set very loosely around sticking to some kind of structure rather than just being a space open to booking. The Dance sector are inclined to insist they need space, but often don’t utilize it, due to lack of funding and planning.

MDU MTSHALI TOUR

Key Objectives of Residencies


Collaborations and Connections

The key objective of Dance Forum has been to develop the talent of South African choreographers and dancers, by offering a free platform for new work, on all levels of developing contemporary dance.

  • Stepping Stones Programmes: for community-based and youth groups. The youth groups are encouraged to participate as well as watch other companies at work. Currently we see talented artists we would like to assist further, but do not have the space to do so.
  • New Moves Programmes: here the focus is on the younger up-and-coming artists. A series of choreographic workshops are included. Five choreographers are commissioned to present work at the Dance Umbrella. Here again we would like to offer these artists an opportunity to attend a residency programme to develop further.
  • Main Programmes: for the established South African choreographers, commissioned work and overseas companies brought by their Consuls. These artists work both locally and internationally and currently sadly have to accept residency programmes in Europe where they create the work that they present in Johannesburg.

 


DESIRED OUTCOME: That we can set-up a reliable space that serves the dance community in the following ways:

-       To develop and assist South African artists by giving them the opportunity to learn and discover current ways of creating and performing work.

-       To offer a space to South African choreographers and dancers where they can work within a secure and supportive environment.

-       To train young people in arts administration and technical stage management.

-       Ultimately we hope to create a performance space where we can present the results of our programmes.

-       Do outreach programmes that will feed into other areas such as Soweto, East Rand, Tshwane etc etc

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