Stories from a Crowded Room is now in it’s second week of R&D so it is more than about time we introduced you to one of our apprentices:
First up is the incredibly talented Rachael O’Neill.
Rachael, originally hails from Glasgow, but graduated from Northern Contemporary Dance School (with a 1st Class Honors) and went on to perform in Verve, the postgraduate performance company 2013/14 where she toured works by Ben Duke, Lea Anderson and Jamaal Burkmar nationally and internationally. Following that she managed to squeeze in working for Watkins Dance, doing the R&D for Four Walls, before coming to join us in the beginning of September. A busy summer, but she did have this to say about her successfully achieving one of the three Earthfall apprentice positions:
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Earthfall to explore their creative process, meet new and exciting people and to be part of this new project.”
And we are certainly enjoying working with her creativity and enthusiasm. She is not only a talented young dancer but also a keen blogger and you can find out more by going to her blog http://rachaeloneill.com/
Next week see’s the first stage of Stories from a Crowded Room begin with a four week research and development stage.
This initial period will work with 5 of the Earthfall company, Rosalind Haf Brooks, Alex Marshall Parsons, Iaine Payne, Beth Powlesland and Lara Ward. They will be joined by three new apprentices, Sara MacQueen, Rachael O’Neill and Tal Weinstein. These three new graduates from Northern Contemporary Dance School will work with the company as part of Earthfall’s paid apprenticeship scheme. Alongside these 8 performers Earthfall are joined by 2 new musicians; Rhi Williams Eric Martin Kamosi. They will work with Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis to explore the themes of spacial confinement, sensory, sensuality and spontaneity within explosive and intimate virtuoso dance and interactive narrative.
The final production which goes into rehearsals in Spring 2015 and will tour Spring and Autumn 2015, aims to be an all embracing immersive experience for the audience. Earthfall will embed the audience within the action; the choreography, fully surround film and live music and investigates the blurring of boundaries between spectator and performer with empathy and humour. Through the use of interactive digital technology audiences will be able to interact with the structure, performers and musicians, providing guided stimulus throughout the piece.
The final company will consist of 8 performers, 2 musicians and 2 technicians.
Earthfall are taking part in the Tanzmesse festival in Dusseldorf from the 27th – 30th August 2014.
The Tanzmesse festival is one of Europe’s leading dance festivals which lasts for four days and includes; 11 venues, 60 companies on stage, 160 exhibitions booths from 40 countries representing more than 400 dance companies.
This is the 10th Tanzmesse and Earthfall join UK companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh, The Place, Dance 4 and Phoenix Dance representing the UK. Earthfall are the only company from Wales represented at the event and will be promoting dance in wales as as whole, for organisations such as Coreo Cymru, National Dance Company Wales, and Arts Council Wales.
“Tanzmesse festival is one the most important events for dance in Eurpoe and across the globe. It is important that Earthfall are there so that we can continue to increase our European profile and tour internationally. We are very exciting to be exhibiting at the event and look forward to being able to help promote Earthfall along with Welsh dance and Welsh companies such as National Dance Company Wales and Coreo Cymru. ” Stephan Stockton MBE, General Manager
The internationale tanzmesse is a biennial marketplace and festival platform for communicating and networking in the field of contemporary dance. At the Tanzmesse international dance companies and artists present their work live on stage and choreographers, dancers, agencies, presenters and cultural institutions network and present their work in a lively marketplace. The internationale tanzmesse nrw also hosts numerous international gatherings and meetings. The Tanzmesse is a project of the Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, based in Cologne, Germany.
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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.
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