Archive for May, 2012

Moving Earth

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2012 by charlottegregory

This Saturday 2nd June ACE Youth will be taking part in Moving Earth, a large-scale, visually-spectacular performance as part of Birmingham’s Big Jubilee Weekend. Organised by sampad, the project unites more than 200 dancers from across the West Midlands.

Moving Earth is one of sampad’s biggest projects to date: a lively dance extravaganza taking place this summer as part of Dancing for the Games*

sampad has brought together 240 dancers (20 groups of 12) from across the region for Moving Earth, representing a dazzling array of styles including Bollywood, Bhangra, Indian folk dance, HipHop and contemporary African and UK dance.

Led by Directors Gail and Ian Parmel and ACE Youth Group Leader Iona Waite, ACE Youth have created a new 3 minute dance piece taking inspiration from the element Water. Stimulated by the choreography of Delhi-based choreographer and dancer Santosh Kumar Nair, all the groups involved have developed their own new routines exploring Moving Earth’s central theme of ecology, taking inspiration from the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Space.

The Moving Earth images you can see here are of ACE Youth at our ACE dance and music studio in Digbeth, when we were visited by OutroSlide Photography.

Personal message from sampad’s Director, Piali Ray OBE:

This is going to be a performance with a real WOW factor! The dedication, commitment and talent of all of the dancers has helped to bring Moving Earth alive and it will be a truly impressive sight to see all of them coming together in their colourful costumes, showcasing their different dance styles. Come and join us and be part of the celebrations!”

So, come along to Chamberlain Square this Saturday 2nd at 2.45pm and be amazed by the power of Moving Earth.

*Dancing for the Games is inspired by London 2012 and is part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, which is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, as well as Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands.


‘Impulse’: brand new adults’ community engagement project for Summer 2012!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2012 by charlottegregory

Impulse:  Creating a sense of celebration and excitement about African Caribbean Culture through dance and music.

West African Dance, Drumming and Performance opportunities for adults in Birmingham.

Dance and Drumming workshops led by Landing Mane from Jamo Jamo Arts.

Everyone is welcome, all levels and abilities, come along, give it a go.

Launching Tuesday 12th June at ACE dance and music, the Link Dance Space, Digbeth.

Every Tuesday, from 12th June – 21st August 2012

West African Drumming: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

West African Dance: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

All classes £5/£4

To book a place: Tel//01213145830 Email//

Funded by Birmingham City Council

ICE on tour in Amsterdam

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2012 by charlottegregory

The team at ACE dance and music have been busy rehearsing in the studio all week, as this weekend we’ll be taking ICE on tour to the Bijlmer Park Theatre’s Multiple Moves Festival, Amsterdam, for 2 nights. ICE was co-produced in summer 2011 with Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura & digital artist Akihiko Kaneko and toured nationally in Autumn 2011. ICE is about the future and what we may become… technology, preserving life, robotics, cryogenics (freezing the human body).  It asks: what is the value of living forever if we lose what makes us human?

Multiple Moves Festival also supports youth dance and the work of emerging artists and thus, our BBC Performing Arts Dance Fellow Iona Waite has been invited to perform ‘Bottle Of?’, a work choreographed in March by Luke Sheppard, BBC Performing Arts Choreography Fellow at Warwick Arts Centre.

As part of the festival, CEO and Artistic Director Gail Parmel has also been invited to talk at a debate on the development of young dancers, in particular young Black dancers, drawing comparisons between the British and Dutch situations and also the perception of ‘Black dance’ in the UK, which is seemingly much less visible in the Netherlands.

Phew! It’s going to be a busy (and rewarding) weekend!




Update: exploratory residency with Jose Agudo at ACE dance and music’s studio

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2012 by charlottegregory

Last week ACE dance and music held an enriching and challenging residency with Spanish contemporary choreographer Jose Agudo and invited dancers.

This residency was also a research and development week for our next professional touring production ‘Mana’ and the whole project was a great success, with some beautiful movement material created. It was very popular and we had dancers from as far afield as Kenya, Spain and France taking part. Many of the dancers were new to ACE dance and music so it was great to get their feedback:

“Thank-you for this gift! Truly was a great time spent. This is a great platform for everyone to get to know each other as dancers/movers, creators, and simply as human beings. It allows for evolution and surprise over the week. It is stress free and very much about having the learning environment inducive to growth and development. Basically it is a great paradigm shift on what an audition is. Thank-you!” (Wanjiru Kamuyu, Dancer)

“Such a beautiful opportunity to get to know you better, how you work, what inspires you. I think you are a very special company and I’m so happy to have come. I hope to be able to come again in the future, I feel I have finally found what I have been searching for…A company interested in challenging dance, what makes us dance and how to produce a deep meaningful work that connects and touches its audience.” (Rhiannon Morgan, Dancer)