FUSE Blog #1 FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner “This is a slice of my life as the new FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner”.
We caught up with Suzie West our FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner & Choreographer who has written a blog about her first 6 weeks working on the project. Check it out here:
“This is a slice of my life as the new FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner”.
So I’m walking through Plymouth this July hoping I’ve not missed the parade. I can hear the Bhangra Drums and sense the buzz before I can see anything. Stomping up the hill to the Hoe, the colourful umbrellas bob up and down and the music gets louder and louder. What a gorgeous sight to see families, dancers and charities throwing colour, rhythm and good vibes out along the sea front. Yes!!! Well done to the Respect Festival and the fab dancers that kept the party going. I couldn’t stop smiling as I greeted familiar faces and introduced myself to new people. I’m reminded how much I love Plymouth and the people that work in it.
Then I get to the Guildhall and the fragrant smells of food stalls and hubbub of people swirl through the space. I planned on just popping in for an hour, get a feel for it – meet some people – but I stayed all day. It was inspiring and joyous to watch and listen to such a range of music and dance. Folk, Bharatanatyam, Greek, Romanian, Chinese, Hip Hop, Kathak and many more telling stories and celebrating their culture. Chains of dancers connecting up and hands, so many hands, welcoming and inviting the public to join them. I couldn’t resist and got involved, spiralling around
the tiny dance floor as a big Greek dancing chain. Miniature stepping with a young girl to my left and a Romanian folk dancer to my right, I am grinning from ear to ear!
This is a slice of my life as the new Fuse Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner. I’ve been meeting numerous people, visiting all sort of different dance communities and even trying my hand at a few new styles such Argentinian Tango (dream come true by the way!). I’m seeking out dance groups
far and wide and in any dance style to engage in this years Fuse Diverse Dance programme. Just like my experience at Respect, I want us to celebrate and connect and most importantly have fun!
Lets bring a whole lot of colour, rhythm and energy the programme.
Connecting up with such a range of practitioners and dance enthusiasts has been really refreshing and it is sparking off lots of ideas for how the first Fuse production will come together in February 2019. For 2018, the team at The Barbican Theatre are putting together Fuse dance socials and
networking events so you can all try something new, celebrate and dance together and get to know other dance communities in Plymouth. The first one will be ‘Light The Fuse’ on 12 September 6:30pm – 8pm. There will also be a residency with Avant Garde DanceTheatre in the Autumn with lots of opportunities to try out or watch their unique blend of contemporary and urban dance. It will really get the creative cogs whirring and launch us into the choreography with all participating groups. If you fancy any of this, keep an eye on the Barbican Theatre Facebook page or my own. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The big news is that there are 5 paid positions as dancers to join the Fuse team and co-create the 2019 Production. Application deadline is 1pm on 5 September so get stuck in – and don’t forget we are
looking for all sorts of styles and all sorts of you! Click here to see full info on the roles including fee and application form https://www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/work-with-us/
We’ve also created a new FUSE Diverse Dance film: https://youtu.be/IlOgSz8GGaM
Speak soon, Suzie West