All things new

Winter dance intensives 2016 Image Paul Trask

Winter dance intensives 2016
Image Paul Trask

At the start of the calendar year, our attention turns to planning ahead and realising plans and projects that were made last year.

2017 is going to be a year of big changes for FFIN DANCE if all of our plans come to fruition, mainly our bid for Beaufort Theatre and Ballroom.  We are hoping to take the venue as a community asset transfer from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council: if we are successful we will be bringing a whole new range of services to the community and offering training and volunteering opportunities for the public in catering, arts business and admin, customer care, and more.  So we will see a bigger and busier dance faktry, supplying much-needed services to our community and creating new jobs too.  If you would like more information on how to join us, please get in touch.

The company dancers will be back in the studio in February after a break, and we’ll be finishing off our new full length work, Virago
To kick off the Virago season, we will be attending the launch of John F Wakes’s book The Cruel Streets Revisited next Tuesday 17th January at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff.  The main character of our work Virago is centred around Minnie McGuire who was the most-arrested person in Victorian Wales; she has her own chapter in John’s book!  John and I will be working in collaboration for this project and the book launch sees the start of that journey for 2017

The company will be touring this work from May 2017 and we very much hope you can join us.
I’d like to wish you all a most happy and healthy year ahead, please keep following our progress and sending in your comments and views.

sue lewis

Community Asset Transfer

The dance faktry Education & outreach Image Paul Trask

The dance faktry
Education & outreach
Image Paul Trask

The company is delighted to let you know that we are in the final stages of a business plan to Blaenau Gwent CBC to take over the stewardship of The Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale as a community asset transfer from the Council.
As the company is moving forward, we feel that we would like to provide even more opportunities in Blaenau Gwent for our unique services as the only professional dance company in residence in the Valleys

 

The dance faktry Education & outreach Image Paul Trask

The dance faktry
Education & outreach
Image Paul Trask

We plan to work in partnership with Aneurin Leisure Trust and other partner organisations in delivering high quality arts services to the community through shared performance events, weekly classes and holiday clubs; working with the existing users of the venue and inviting new users to use the building as a community hub for arts.

 

We will be creating new jobs together with training opportunities for volunteers in order to assist people from the community to gain experience for employment in marketing, admin, catering and customer care.

We plan to utilise the existing bar area as a café and bar, which will be open during the daytime for the community, using locally sourced produce as much as possible and promoting nutritional eating.

We will be working with guidance and the full support of Coalfields Regeneration Trust and will be seeking business/corporate sponsorship and grant funding for exterior signage and improvement.

hpOur Artistic Director Sue Lewis says “our whole plan for the venue involves providing even more platforms for people to enjoy arts in the community and will by no means just be a place to house FFIN DANCE We welcome collaborations, partnerships and micro businesses using the space to achieve their aims too and wish to see the venue open each day and evening.  Our wish is for sustainability and to enhance local services that may be lost due to budget restraints and service cuts.

My passion for the community to enjoy arts in this iconic building is at the fore-front of this plan”

 

We would welcome your support and comments, please feel free to comment in the comments space on this page or e mail us at info@ffindance.co.uk

 

Winter dance faktry festival 2016

3-amigosAs the glorious autumn days roll by, it’s time to turn our thoughts to winter time, and of course for us here at FFIN DANCE, the winter dance faktry festival.

This is when we bring all of our community and outreach groups together and share the new term’s work with family and friends.
We also have guests groups that we have worked with over the year and the professional dancers/dance graduates who have attended our winter intensives course during the week of the festival. It really is a joy to share the work of these emerging artists ranging from 4 years olds to professionally trained dancers all in the same show.  Held at The Met, our resident theatre in Abertillery, we combine all the groups in a friendly and supportive festival atmosphere with no competitive edge: all of the dancers at the festival get to watch the other dancers which we feel is a vital part of our outreach, we believe that the routes for progression from beginners to full graduate training need to be shown to young people to raise an awareness that dance can be a career, a way of life and not just a hobby.  We strive for excellence even at a young age.

We hope that you can join us in what will be a lovely occasion on November 12th 2016 at 7.30pm, here’s the ticket line.  If you’re a new-comer to our festivals please stick around to say hello, we’d love to meet you.

sue lewis

Winter dance faktry festival 2016

winter dance faktry festival 2016

winter dance faktry festival 2016

Our twice yearly festival for dance will be held at The Met in Abertillery on November 12th 2016 at 7.30pm.  It’s an opportunity for children, young people and emerging professional dancers to perform and share their work to a packed audience which is supportive and full of enthusiastic friends and parents.

It’s a most special event which aims to promote dance in the community and provide dancers with a professionally produced showcase, giving the festival participants a taste for performance and choreography

 

Winter Intensives with FFIN DANCE

FFIN DANCE  Decisive Moments Project

FFIN DANCE
Decisive Moments Project

A 3 day intensive course concentrating on technique and performance skills for fully trained dancers or those in professional training. Daily class with the company and workshops learning current company repertory to perform in a shared performance on the 3rd evening.  November 10th-12th 2016

How to apply
Please send your current CV and video link to:
info@ffindance.co.uk
by Friday October 14th 2016

The course fee is £50

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information 07854 910926
Fee £50

Minnie McGuire

We are pleased to announce our new work for 2017  – Virago

John F. Wake

John F. Wake

You may remember that our AD Sue worked in partnership with Welsh author John F. Wake to create Missing Pages a few seasons back? After a very exciting phone conversation Sue was very inspired by a character in John’s new book, Minnie McGuire.  John is researching into Minnie’s story for a book on Victorian crimes in Wales which will be launched in November of this year.
The book will be looking at other stories too, but it’s Minnie’s tale that FFIN DANCE will be taking on board; she was reportedly the most arrested person in Victorian Wales, with some sad, funny, naughty and memorable moments that Sue and the company will be translating into movements.

Stay tuned for more information on our blog page and also on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving On

As the company moves on into its second decade, we have plans to expand in a variety of different ways, one of which includes the expansion of our Board of Trustees.
We are delighted that Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE has joined us as Patron and Andrew Tuggey CBE is our Company Champion.

Here’s a little more about them:

Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE

Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE

Brigadier Aitken is currently Lord Lieutenant of Gwent and has lived in Gwent since childhood.  Following a choral scholarship to Oxford, Brigadier Aitken was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Wales. He had a distinguished military career lasting 34 years during which time he was awarded a CBE.
He is currently the Director of Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales, a charity that provides live music events in healthcare settings. He is an Officer of the Order of St John Cymru, and chairman of 3 military charitable trusts. He is also Honorary Colonel of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Tuggey CBE

Andrew Tuggey CBE

Andrew Tuggey CBE is Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s Chief Executive & Secretary; he also is Secretary of the CPA British Islands & Mediterranean Region. Highly experienced in international outreach, parliamentary strengthening and parliamentary diplomacy, he served in the Army prior to his current appointment, latterly as a Defence diplomat with the FCO. Andrew has a BSc (Eng) and speaks French, German, Malay and Nepalese. He served as High Sheriff of Gwent and is currently a Vice Lord Lieutenant (VLL) in Gwent

We are seeking offers from the community for other Trustees, please contact us by e mail info@ffindance.co.uk
More of our new ventures to follow.

sue lewis

 

A fond farewell

Missing Pages Photo Paul Trask

Missing Pages
Photo Paul Trask

It seems fitting somehow to say “cheerio” to our senior dancer Effie, after such a successful run of events to celebrate our 10th anniversary season. Our season will continue into the spring of 2017 with new dancer Sarah joining Catrin, Natasha and Julian, whilst Effie is moving on to pastures new.
Effie has been with the company for 5 years, having met us at our Winter Intensives.  We were so impressed with her that we offered her a place to learn some of Gary Lambert’s work for the company, to replace Lucille Tappa in Synapsequence.

Effie has created and danced many lovely roles for the company over the years, but I think it was Missing Pages, that really brought out her lyricism and technique more than any other.

Effie has been a wonderful workshop leader and teacher too, with her quirky ways of motivating children and young people; especially noteworthy is her “bananas of the world unite” and her numerical jogging pattern warm ups. We will miss her zany music in professional class, Dr Who will never be the same again!

The image by Paul Trask that is featured above, carries a story, I’m sure that Effie won’t mind me sharing it.  The company was in Llanhilleth Wales, shooting some images for our tour Inspired: Paul wanted to shoot somewhere local and out of the studio.  This obviously caused a bit of a stir in the village and gathered quite a lot of spectators who were generally supportive and also inquisitive. After a little while, word got around and we were hailed with some children shouting “come over here boys, there’s a stripper down by the railway station” The photo above and some others too, were the culprits of this mistaken identity. We laughed about that one for quite a time, as you can imagine.

So finally it’s time to say a very fond farewell.  We wish Effie well in her future pursuits and will miss her tremendously as a wonderful dancer and warm, faithful friend.  Please keep in touch.

sue lewis

Decisive Moments

Image Paul Trask

Image Paul Trask

FFIN DANCE would like to offer 2 dancers who have undertaken professional dance training or are currently still in training an opportunity to participate in Decisive Moments August 29th – September 2nd 2016

This is a project that the company is rolling out in partnership with Aneurin Leisure Arts Development and is facilitated by Ann Sholem and Roy Campbell-Moore and will be held at The Met in Abertillery from 10.30 am – 5pm each day

The dance project will include class teaching sessions, creative workshops, choreography sessions and performances, along with joint sessions with photographers to assess and be inspired by the material they are generating. The ambition is to give dancers a broader appreciation of how different artforms work collaboratively. There will be combined showings of work between dancers and photographers, followed by discussions regarding artistic and technical outcomes. Dance workshops will stress the importance of creating ‘Decisive Moments’ in space and time and each residency concludes with performances for public and photo exhibitions of the participants’ work.

The ambition for Decisive Moments (dance) is to enable dancers to achieve greater skills and a higher level of artistic creativity, empowering them to move into new territory with their work. The project intends to change perceptions of critical analysis, enlarge artistic imaginations and how to become involved in presenting work to the general public.

Each dancer will be expected to contribute to appraising the development of the work as it progresses and presenting a confident face to the world.

Each dancer needs:

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Skills and abilities that match the general skill level of the group of dancers. Mixing beginners and advanced level dancers is frustrating. No disrespect to either… it’s a simple fact of life
  3. Dance practice clothing appropriate to the working situation. Willing to work both in bare feet and in trainers
  4. Time management skills. Being on time and being available for all the dance sessions is vital for effective group dynamics to work well
  5. Curiosity and energy

If you are interested in putting yourself forward for consideration please e mail info@ffindance.co.uk or text 07854 910926 by 5th August 2016 5pm
*There is no participation fee for this project

Women GOLive

FFIN DANCE Image Paul Trask

FFIN DANCE
Image Paul Trask

The next performance of our current tour - t e n – takes place this coming week at Oxford’s Old Fire Station Arts Centre.
Women GOLive is curated by Dance Critic Donald Hutera and features work by women choreographers, he states “men are welcome too”
We will be performing Memoir and Duetti on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm and Memoir and True on Saturday 16th July at 7.30pm

We hope you can join us, here’s the link for details and how to book tickets