#DanceConnect West Midlands is a dance and digital creative experiment, exploring how we can collaborate remotely, across borders and boundaries, using movement and our phones.

Here are the 3 reasons why you should get involved:

  • Your video(s) will be included in a professional, region-wide dance film promoted by West Midlands professional dance agencies, companies and freelancers.
  • Connect with lots of other young people who are staying creative during lockdown
  • This is the first step in a big new collaborative project showing off the amazing creative talent of young people in the Midlands and beyond

There are 2 creative challenges, devised with and by young people – you can do one or both – just remember to send it to us by 31 July 2020.

 

 

 

We would like you to get involved:

SELF-TRIO 

Perform, film and edit yourself using your body, your phone and a free app, to create ’Self-Trio:’ three versions of you dancing together in the same space!

Here are some examples: Emma / James  / Katie

Be as creative as possible when creating your movement using storytelling, moods, qualities, etc. Your film will be included in an #Self-Trio short film and shared as part of a #DanceConnect social media takeover in August 2020

What you need:

  • A camera phone that you can use to film in landscape
  • A space (indoor or outdoor) – divide into 3 sections and mark out the borders – move any personal stuff out of the camera view
  • A tripod/someone to hold the camera steady / a home-made stand like this

What to do:

  • Invent some movement then divide it into three sections:

1 – Seated

2 – Sitting/Kneeling/In the middle section

3 – Standing/Reaching Up

  • Keep your camera steady and film each of the dances (in landscape) take care to stay inside the borders
  • Edit the 3 short films into 1 Self Trio video using a free video app like Live Collage on IOS or Android or, we can edit it for you and send it back (email participation@dx.dance).
  • Upload your finished film to us via this Google Form by Friday 31 July 2020.

If you have any questions or require any support, please get in touch with the team at participation@dx.dance


ONE WITH NATURE

Perform and film yourself at ’One with Nature,’ highlighting the importance of our relationship with our natural environment, especially at this moment in time.

Example of the challenge. Be as creative as possible when creating your movement and be inspired by the nature around you – the movement, the shapes, the sounds – less is more.

What you need:

  • A camera phone that you can use to film in landscape
  • An outdoor space that inspires you (e.g. a tree, a field, a river, a mountain)
  • A tripod/someone to hold the camera steady/ make this Smart Loo Roll tripod

What to do:

  • Create and perform movement inspired by your chosen outdoor location
  • Film a clip of 30 seconds maximum (in landscape)
  • Upload your finished film to us via this Google Form by Friday 31 July 2020. It will be included in an #OneWithNature short film and shared as part of a #DanceConnect social media takeover in August 2020.

If you have any questions or require any support, please get in touch with participation@dx.dance

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES / Your video(s) will be included in a professional, region-wide dance film promoted by West Midlands professional dance agencies, companies and freelancers.

#DanceConnect is funded by Arts Connect and produced by DanceXchange on behalf of Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG), a West Midlands network of dance professionals.

Special thanks to Young Dance Leader Katie Holtom, Catherine Clisset (Brewhouse Arts Centre), Johnny Autin (Man Made Youth Company) and the young participants form the creative enquiry group: Ellie, Sadie, Evie, Katie, Jakob, Jim, Nonso and James.