Archive for October, 2011

ICE is on the road and the feedback has not been cold that’s for sure!

Posted in ICE with tags on October 18, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

After a brilliant night at Deda we are now continuing our tour of ICE across the UK.  I COULD tell you about how great the show is but I think I will let our audiences do that job for me…

“Beautiful contact work.”

“The combination and overall effect of the dancers movements with the lighting and music was very powerful. A sensory experience that cannot be expressed in words and does not need to be. At times disturbing – offering a frightening glimpse in to the future of mankind. You do not have to ‘know’ about contemporary dance to become absorbed in the performance.”

“Can be enjoyed and understood by dancers and non-dancers alike.”

“An extra-ordinary dance piece, lively and interesting.”

“Thought provoking, artistic, energetic and enigmatic contemporary performance.”

“Electric and thought provoking, the music, dance and visuals worked well together.”

“Exciting contemporary dance, the lighting and atmosphere was excellent and added interest to the piece.”

“Unique, beautiful, inspiring and extremely thought provoking.”

“Powerful and compelling.”

“Dynamic, full and alive.”

“Brilliant, holds the audience without words, creates an electric atmosphere, would love to watch more of ACE’s work. I would describe the show as a very ‘big’ dance piece, it doesn’t do ANYthing by halves.”

“Fantastic! Amazing movement and exploration of ideas about ‘being’ – through movement, I don’t know how you did that – but you did!”

“Mind blowing – loved the style and energy, use of music and graphic animation. I loved the bit where the dancers were chucking themselves on the floor and the fast disturbing strobe sequences. Felt a lot of combined emotions of humanity, hate and love. Moving”

Tour dates and ticket booking can be found here

October madness

Posted in ACE Youth, Classes, Education and Schools, ICE, Revival on October 17, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

This October there are many ways to get involved with ACE, get dancing or get inspired…

Tues 18 Oct // 6 – 8.30pm // Friends of ACE open
evening, drinks and nibbles, performances from ACE dance and music, ACE Youth and class members // The Link Dance Space,Digbeth // Just turn up

Wed 19 Oct // 6 – 9pm Revival FREE launch event, taster dance and drumming workshops.
Everyone welcome // come along and give
it a go! // The Drum, Pit and cafe bar, Birmingham // Just turn up

Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct Dance: Desir // ACE Youth & friends dance showcase // Dancers from Europe
and the UK. An exciting evening celebrating
the creative talents of teenagers // Foyle Studio,mac, Birmingham mac // Box Office 0121 446 3232 // //
Buy tickets

ACE dancer Laura on the AMAZING Shenley Academy curtain raiser at The Arena Wolverhampton

Posted in Education and Schools, ICE on October 11, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

After the première on the 1 of October at Northern school of contemporary dance, I can’t wait to now share more performances with different audiences and have more time in the studio to work in detail to perfect/ improve/ in-body the whole piece! As a dancer its so important to keep researching and to keep looking for new things in a piece/in ourselves, let’s say the search never finished “Its about the Journey, not the destination”.

We are just about to watch the première on DVD, that’s where the critical eye comes in. Hip HOI here we go the tickles of excitement are kicking in my tummy, as I love to rehearse, to then give my best on stage in Wolverhampton, The next destination, where there is also a Curtain Raiser.

It was great to share my knowledge with the students of Shenley Academy. As they where an absolutely talented and energetic group to work with.

As a professional you never stop learning, but it feels great to share what I have learnt with young passionate people. I hope I inspired them as much as they inspired me by the risks they took physically and as well by they enthusiasm and hard work.

We did it!!!

Posted in ICE on October 11, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Hello there!

I am Kajza. I’m from Sweden and moved to Birmingham just two months ago to join ACE. I graduated from NSCD in 2006 and have since freelanced around Europe and North- and Central America, working and performing with different dance companies and collectives.

Since joining ACE, time has passed in the fast lane, and now all of a sudden even the Premiere has come and gone! The last few days leading up to THE DAY were busy, anxious, awesome, scary, hectic and really exciting all at once. We made some (well, loads) of last minute choreographic changes, had our final costume fittings, dyed our underwear in tea (a nice but unsuccessful attempt at creating a skin colour tone), packed bags of fruits, nuts, lucozade, Voltarol, plasters, tiger balm.. We were ready to go.

We arrived in Leeds late on Thursday night and got out of the tour van oozing of Caribbean take-away food, and checked in at the Travel lodge Hotel. On Friday morning we began the long, dark procedure of tech-ing the piece; hours upon hours of work to make sure that all the lights, spacing and timing were right (and inevitably falling over in the wings as you hear the voice “black ooouuut” just a second too late..).

On Saturday we got up early after a sleep full of dance steps, cyborg music and 5-6-7-8 whirling through our heads. More tech-ing, rehearsals and a dress-run was on the schedule before the show. A bit later on, a bunch of sweaty ACE scarecrows appeared – the tattered costumes had drastically failed the first test drive.. but a moment of panic was swept away as our own super seamstress Claire saved the day, patching us back up 45 minutes before the show started!

A big chicken dinner, lots of make-up, hair spray, stretches, Article
19 interview and nervous shakes later the adrenaline kicked in. The buzz from the audience gradually went quiet. I took a deep breath, transformed myself into a human cyborg and stepped out into the cold sub-zero environment of ICE.

72 minutes later the claps and cheers wrapped the full experience up in to one very rememberable bundle of joy and relief. We did it!!

Article 19 footage from the ICE premiere on Sat 1st Oct

Posted in ICE on October 4, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Moments from the ICE premiere at The Riley Theatre on Saturday 1st Oct, catch the show on its National tour this autumn

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