Earthfall are taking part in RetroPerSpektywy Festival in Ludz, 21-24 August 2014.
Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis along with Earthall dancers Alex Marshall Parsons and Lara Ward are continuing Earthfall’s long standing relationship with Theatr Chorea; they will deliver a number of talks and workshops based around Earthfall’s past productions.
Find out more and see a gallery of their activity in Poland here.
Arts and Culture has an impact on individuals and society in a huge variety of ways. We know this definitively because we are told it time and time again by the audiences and participants we engage with, from all ages and all backgrounds.
“It moved me to tears, don’t tell anybody. I want to experience it again! Life is all about this!”
Life is all about this…Our audience speak for themselves, they know the importance arts and culture has, from health and wellbeing, to education and economic development. In our experience arts attenders and participants are not defined to a single category; we meet and engage with audiences from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds and communities. We know that what we, as arts organisations do, makes a difference to our society.
“Thank you for the residency. That was one of the best weeks of my life”
“Students gained confidence and new life skill.”
When people are gathered in a space together, regardless of what art form they are engaging with, it does not matter about where they came from or what part of society they are in. They are there for one reason:
“What great theatre should do is to grab you at the first moment, tell you a story, charge your emotions and leave you feeling you have seen something magical.”
We want to celebrate this impact arts and culture has on society as a whole. The arts can provide a common space to break down barriers, inspire and engage. What is rare in today’s society, is the opportunity to have a shared emotional experience, after all, life is all about this!
Earthfall has an ongoing relationship with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Their Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Dance degree, Sally Varrall, is a key contact for the company. Sally considers Earthfall as a partner in the industry; a partner which offers students professional work-based learning experiences and opportunities that inspire, confirm and challenge them. Earthfall regularly take on students from the University for work-based placements and are potential employers of students.
One of Sally’s most enjoyable memories of her involvement with Earthfall is observing and listening to Jess Cohen, one of our artistic directors, directing and working with the students. She believes Earthfall offer a very distinctive voice to dance, movement and theatre in Wales. “…the success of Earthfall’s education work was possible due to how the work engages the participants in diverse ways dependent on their previous and present learning experiences. It not only contributes to but enhances participant learning.
Sally is very familiar with the subject matter of Chelsea Hotel, Earthfall’s latest touring production, having visited the Hotel itself in New York and read about it. Earthfall’s production therefore offered another dimension to her personal association with the subject. Her students from Cardiff Metropolitan studying the dance degree saw the production and wrote an analytic review of the performance and really enjoyed the experience.
Students under Sally’s lead are also involved in other projects happening around Cardiff with other companies. For example, students are involved in research with TaikaBox- Please Switch On Your Mobile Phones- an innovative social media/audience and dance making experience. This is one of many partnerships with the profession that add considerable value to the student learning experience.
You can find out more information about Cardiff Metropolitan here:
My name is Michael Barnes; I’m an independent filmmaker and have been working with Earthfall for over ten years.
I have so many lovely memories of Earthfall, so it’s hard to pick one, I’m always mesmerised by the power of Earthfall’s dancers during live shows so there are moments that haunt and enchant in equal measure. I guess I’m a frustrated performer at heart! Is it too late?
I think that there are a number of active dance companies in Wales but Earthfall is truly unique —The subject matter that Jess and Jim take on is always courageous, and the dancers have to be multi disciplined – singers, musicians, actors. Amazing.
Surviving as a viable performing arts company for any length of time is incredibly difficult. Earthfall have decades of tours, shows and experience that is very valuable. To be able to feed this back into the performing arts community is both generous and essential for the Arts in the UK.
I had heard of the Chelsea Hotel before but my knowledge was scant. This is another element that I love when I work with Earthfall – I have to do research into a subject so I can understand it, so I’m able to create a film that reflects the period/mood. Earthfall have educated as well as entertained me!
Chelsea Hotel is the most physically demanding production I have seen to date, my mind boggles to think that the dancers have to express this much energy every night on a tour. It’s high risk stuff and the audiences are clearly mesmerised by that.
The thing I find most exciting is that Jess and Jim are completely unpredictable. Each show is completely unique, there is always a different narrative, period or location, it keeps me on my toes!
When i am not working for Earthfall, I make films through my company ‘Tall Man Films’, and have a number of projects going through at the moment from music videos to a documentary about cycling.
If you want to find out more, or get in touch please go to www.tallmanfilms.com!
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