Archive for March, 2011

Free ACE INSET session for performing arts teachers

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Tuesday 10 May // mac // Cannon Hill Park, Moseley, Birmingham, B12 9QH // 5.00pm – 6.30pm

ACE dance and music would like to invite teachers to a free INSET session to introduce the company, their education work with young people and their ground breaking and challenging new full length production ICE. Touring from autumn 2011, ICE will be performed at mac in November. This session will be a chance for you to find out about exciting opportunities for your students to work with the company during this forthcoming tour.

A practical workshop, led by Artistic Director Gail Parmel, will look at their previous production Skin, which is on the current OCR Performance Studies syllabus.

There will be a presentation of ACE’s new work ICE, following the company’s intensive research and development period working in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographer Akiko Kitamura from Japan. There will also be an opportunity to find out about the company’s extensive outreach work with children and young people and the work of their youth company: ACE Youth.
Bev Sokolowski, from Joseph Chamberlain College and Principal Examiner for OCR, will discuss the relevance of ACE’s work to teaching the performing arts and ideas for accessing funding for working with professional artists.

Book your place early! Please email Charlotte by Tuesday 3rd May and we will then confirm further details and send a schedule for the session.

April 2011 Audition

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

10 April 2011 // 10am-6pm

6 dancers required for autumn 2011 national tour

Devising and rehearsal: from July 2011
Touring: Oct– Dec 2011
Second tour planned for spring 2012

An opportunity to perform and tour in our new production ICE. This production will be created by Artistic Director, Gail Parmel alongside Internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura.

We require physically strong dancers with 3 years professional dance training, performance experience, solid technical skills (some theatre knowledge is useful), teaching skills, plus a drive to work with us.

Applications: by email or post to Charlotte Gregory; please send a CV, letter of interest and recent photograph. Should you be successful you will then be invited to audition.
Deadline: Friday 28th March 2011.

ACE dance and music
Tel: 0121 3145830
The Link Dance Space, The Ground Floor, 54‐57 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SL

Cultural Exchange back in the mix

Posted in ACE Youth on March 3, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Did you know that the ‘ACE’ in ACE dance and music is an abbreviation of ‘African Cultural Exchange?’  The last year has definitely seen this part of what we do slide back into the spotlight.

Not only have we held research and development residencies with Japanese and South African Choreographers, ACE Youth have also taken part in a unique cultural exchange with Dutch company Untold.  In Oct 2010 we spent a week in Amsterdam and in Feb 2011 our new friends came to stay with us  to complete another week of creative exploration leading up to a performance at mac last Saturday 26th Jan.

Funded by Youth In Action, this project encouraged the group to learn more about their common European identity and shared Caribbean heritage, increasing understanding and raising aspirations, and it’s certainly done this, and much more.

We love performing at mac and this Saturday was no exception.  After an intense week of rehearsals, radio interviews and preview performances in mac’s foyer – and a whole load of fun, the young people  performed with great poise and focus and more importantly you could literally feel the energy and passion resonating from the stage!  Feedback from audience members communicated that this was an enlightening experience all-round and mac were happy to see many new faces that hadn’t visited their venue before.

ACE Artistic Director Gail Parmel talks about the project:

“We learnt that both our groups are so alike, there are subtle differences in how we live but as the young people came together and worked with each other I started seeing the respect  grow, they helped each other learn new skills and supported each other’s development . I believe this has forged a long lasting relationship with longer term effects, it’s not just about the dance or the music, it has been a genuine life-moulding experience.  ACE youth learnt a lot about the Surinamese influence of Untold’s work and Untold gained a sense of discipline and learnt that warm ups, rehearsals and stretching are an essential part of putting on a performance. The moment that shone the most was definitely the collaborative piece, you could see the influences of both groups but the outcome was a whole new style, with the movement inspired in response to a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It was a successful Fusion, self-named ‘ACEtold’.”

mac‘s Artistic Director Dorothy Wilson talks about the performance:

“This show was a delight – a really powerful mix of two young companies showing passion and enthusiasm for dance and for communicating wholeheartedly with an audience. The response of a capacity house was terrific – respect for such achievements, enjoyment of the creativity of the young artists on stage, and a feeling of witnessing something quite special; all ingredients for  a memorable evening. I’m so pleased mac was able to play a part in helping this to happen. We look forward to hosting more of both companies work”

And here’s what the audience made of it all:

“Enlightening, very energetic and diverse”

“A wonderful, inspiring collaboration between two highly committed and youthful companies”

“I love the rhythm of our culture naturally expressed in this way, loved the drumming. I was moved to tears with pride, I have loved it, loved it, loved it!  All the hard work paid off, you have a new fan!”

“A great spirit, made me want to join in!”

Watch footage from this exchange