Company Chameleon presents:
Summer Professional Intensive 2023
Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 July 2023
Company Chameleon, Manchester, UK
We invite final year students and professionals to take part in our Summer Professional Intensive with Company Chameleon’s Co-Artistic Directors, Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner and Guest Artist, Riccardo Meneghini.
Want to build your confidence and learn new skills in contact work?
If the answer is yes, then our three-day intensive is for you!
Did you know for many dancers, contact is the area of their practice where they feel most vulnerable and unsure. That’s why Chameleon have taken our 15+ years’ experience in contact work to create a three-day masterclass that will:
What’s more, the three-day-er is an opportunity to join the lovely team at Company Chameleon at our studio in Manchester and connect with other dance artists.
Expect to leave feeling energised, inspired, and ready to embed your learnings into your own practice.
Anthony Missen, our Co-Artistic Director, said, “There’s been a notable touch deficit in dance training and a real lack of training around contact work through Covid.
As a dancer, it’s easy to learn partner-based choreography as shapes, without fully understanding how another body works.
Contact work gives you a deep understanding of the human body because the key to understanding another body is through touch.
When you create the space to listen to another person’s body, there’s a process of going from the inside out, finding where you meet in the middle, and cultivating a feedback loop. You can work with each other’s energy, and distribute and redirect energy together, and in flow.
Touch has many different meanings. We can touch in different ways. Violently, aggressively, supportively, for pleasure, fun or relaxation. In this way, contact work opens up possibilities for expression and allows stories to be told in a more honest and experimental way.”
DAY 1: RICCARDO MENEGHINI, GUEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
Fri 21 July, 10am-6pm
Riccardo Meneghini was born in Italy. He has a background in competitive judo and graduated from the University of Verona in Physical Education before training professionally in dance at the Accademia Isola Danza, Venice and Trinity Laban, London. He has worked with such choreographers as Russell Maliphant, Carolyn Carlson, Janet Smith, Malou Airaudo, Rui Horta, Didi Veldman, Kim Brandstrup and Arthur Rosenfeld. He has performed with companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, Company Chameleon, CCN Robuaix and Balletto Teatro Torino. Through his lifetime of training and performing as a professional dancer, he has developed a great love and understanding of the human body in all of its wonder, and the intricacies and heart and spirit needed to be a dance artist. Riccardo is an international dance teacher and has extensive experience of teaching technique, creative movement, improvisation and composition workshops across the globe.
On day one, you will begin to explore the transformative power of contact. Beginning with the core fundamentals, day one will establish an open and safe environment, for you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, creative expression and embodied communication. Through a series of guided exercises, you will delve into concepts such as weight-sharing, balance, momentum, listening, and responsiveness, allowing dance to emerge organically from the present moment. Along with expanding your movement repertoire, by the end of day one, you will understand how contact is an embodied practice that encourages self-reflection, deep listening, and personal growth. You will also have fostered a greater sense of connection with yourself, others, and the surrounding environment.
DAY 2: ANTHONY MISSEN, CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Sat 22 July, 10am-6pm
Anthony is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Company Chameleon. Anthony received his formal training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went onto dance with companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna), and choreographers including Rui Horta, Didi Veldman and Liv Lorent. Anthony is a Choreographer and Movement Director whose work tours all over the world and in many contexts. Anthony has taught, choreographed, lectured, and led residencies in countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Israel, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Austria.
Day two will focus on the creative application of the contact techniques and fundamentals covered in day one of the intensive. Anthony will introduce improvisational ideas that consider different qualities of touch, broadening choices and possibilities and working with theatricality. Additionally, Anthony will share some of the creative ideas and repertoire from his latest outdoor work, UMBRA.
DAY 3: KEVIN EDWARD TURNER, CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fri 23 July, 10am-6pm
Kevin is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Company Chameleon. Kevin studied formally at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and his professional engagements include working with Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, CassaniDance, Rubberbandancegroup (Canada), Henri Oguike Dance Company, Company Decalage, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Finn Walker and Roda. Kevin has worked as an independent artist in collaboration with Gansango in Seattle, Crossfade in Budapest and Navala Chaudhari in London. Kevin has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, as well as in Canada, USA, Hungary, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, South Africa and all-over continental Europe.
Day three will focus on partnering fundamentals, building trust and connection, through lifting and weight bearing techniques. Kevin will share repertoire from acclaimed outdoor works, Amaranthine and Push and day three will culminate with a contact jam, celebrating and giving space to all ideas, approaches, and techniques discovered across the professional intensive.
BOOKING & INFO
Dates: Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 July
Venue: Company Chameleon, Barrass Street, Manchester, UK, M11 1PU
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