Archive for April, 2013

INVITATION: Afro Beats Sharing – next Tuesday 7th May

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2013 by charlottegregory

Gail at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2012 by Soshina StevenDear Friends

You are invited to an informal performance by the Annie Wood Friends’ Group on Tuesday 7th May at 12pm, at Newtown Community Centre.

The elders’ group have been working in traditional West African Dance and Drumming forms with ACE dance and music, and would like to share this project with you. This project is supported by Birmingham City Council.

You will see 2 short performances from ACE dance and music’s Impulse Group, and the Annie Wood Friends’ Group and then you are warmly invited to stay for a hot lunch and refreshments to celebrate the end of the project together.

We hope you can make it. Please R.S.V.P. so we can make sure we have enough food to:
ACE dance and music – 0121 3145830
Esme Patrick (Annie Wood’s Group Leader) – 0121 5515163

With warmest wishes,

from ACE dance and music/ The Annie Wood Friends’ Group

About the Annie Wood Friends’ Group
The Annie Wood Friends’ Group has been in existence for 25 years. During the 1981 Birmingham riots, Mrs Annie Wood had noticed that the West Indian Elders’ Community had nowhere to congregate and that they were frustrated about this. Passionate about this community, Mrs Annie Wood wanted to create a change in that situation and so decided that she would form a group founded on friendship. At first the Annie Wood Friends’ Group was based at the Annie Wood nursing home, but unfortunately this building became no longer fit for purpose and so was closed in 2010. Another pro-active member of the group, Esme Patrick, therefore took it upon herself to take lead and look for an alternative space for the friends’ group to meet; 3 years on the group are still meeting on Tuesdays between 11.00am-1.00pm at Newtown Community Centre.

Update on ACE dance and music’s South Africa trip

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2013 by charlottegregory

ACE dance and music were lucky enough to visit Johannesburg and Durban in March but we’ve been so busy since our return that we haven’t had chance to update you on how it all went and our exciting plans for 2014!
We spent time with Vuyani Dance Theatre in Newtown in Jo’burg, teaching company class and getting a sneak preview into their new show ‘Dominion’. Choreographed by Artistic Assistant Director Luyanda Sidiya, it is a dark representation of power, and will premiere in South Africa in May.
ACE and VDT can now announce that we hope to team up to create a new production ‘7 Pillars’ in 2014, which will commemorate the 20 years anniversary of South African democracy. The artistic team will be led by our Director Gail Parmel and Luyanda Sidiya, with music direction from Ian Parmel and an international company of dancers from both ACE and VDT. We envisage that the production will tour the UK and South Africa in Summer/Autumn 2014. Above you can see some of the ACE team with Vuyani company members at the end of class during our March trip – the start of our creative work together.
After 4 days in Jo’burg we hot-footed it over to Durban, where we spent some wonderful days with the guys from Flatfoot. We were lucky enough to be there for their 10th birthday celebrations and got to see their piece ‘Last Thoughts’ at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. We are planning an international exchange programme for ACE Youth and other young dancers with Flatfoot’s own youth dance company, again for 2014 and therefore during our visit there led classes and visited workshops in their townships dance programme. What a treat we had! ACE would like to thank all the wonderful people we met for hosting us so graciously – we can’t wait to come back and are now working hard to get these projects off the ground.

Mana – An International double-bill of contemporary dance

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services

mana jump Mana // An International double-bill of contemporary dance

The Power Within

Delving deep into the unknown, Mana will take you on a journey.  Feel the hairs on your neck stand up and a shiver down your spine as you encounter the force which resides within all living beings and inanimate objects, the stuff of which magic is made.

Watch exceptional dancers express soul, energy and precision to a stunning backdrop of commissioned music and cutting-edge lighting design, with movement styles drawing from Afro-fusion, Martial Arts techniques, the essence of Flamenco and Ballet.

A Thousand Shepherds: Spanish choreographer and Akram Khan’s Rehearsal Director Jose Agudo was inspired by 2 months in an Indian monastery. This piece is a celebration of discipline and dedication.

Mana: South African Choreographer Vincent Mantsoe will take you back to ancient times, evoking the spirit and earthy ambience of African dance and Shaman traditions.

The word ‘mana’ is used in over twenty-four languages, it unifies beliefs,cultures and ages.

Feel alive with ACE dance and music.

Mana – touring from November 2013

Posted in Mana on April 24, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services


This summer we will be creating our exciting new touring production Mana: a collaboration between ACE’s Directors and international choreographers Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa) and José Agudo  (Spain). Mana will premiere on 7 & 8 Nov 2013 at mac Birmingham.

There will be plenty of opportunities for professional dancers to get involved, via a professional intensive with Vincent Mantsoe and an audition.

Professional Intensive with Vincent Mantsoe: 30th May – 1st June

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services

VincentJoin us exploring movement material for our  next touring production ‘Mana’, with visiting high-profile choreographer Vincent Mantsoe. This 3 day intensive will give dancers an insight into the artistic practice of Mantsoe: an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for his unique Afro-fusion style of contemporary dance. Originally trained at Johannesburg’s Moving Into Dance, Mantsoe is now based in France with his own company Association Noa, where he works with a diverse mixture of dancers from different backgrounds. Mantsoe’s work places emphasis on spiritual qualities and is informed by dance styles as diverse as traditional African movement, modern, ballet and Asian forms such as Tai Chi, Martial Arts and Balinese dance, with a focus on the power of movement itself.

The residency is priced at £75 per dancer. Dancers should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience and be able to attend all 3 days of the residency.

To apply please submit a letter of interest specifying which opportunity you’re interested in (residency / audition / both) plus your C.V. and photo to Project Manager

Deadline: 17th May

Mana Audition 2nd June

Posted in Auditions on April 24, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services

dancer crop

ACE dance and music are looking for exceptional male and female dancers for their next production ‘Mana’. Dancers should have professional training and a minimum of 3 years industry experience. A strong contemporary dance background, excellent technique and a powerful physical presence are required. An interest in education outreach is integral. Rehearsals will start in August 2013, with national touring in Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014. The audition will comprise workshops from Vincent Mantsoe, Andile Sotiya and Landing Mané.

To apply please send the following to Project Manager

  • Submit a letter of interest specifying which opportunity you’re interested in (audition / residency / both)
  • Your curriculum Vitae
  • A photo

Deadline for both opportunities: 17th May

Images by Diensen Pamben from the ‘Qui Sommes Nous?/Who Are We?’ Dress Rehearsal at mac on 05.04.2013

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2013 by charlottegregory

Birmingham & Geneva dance rehearsalBirmingham & Geneva dance rehearsalBirmingham & Geneva dance rehearsalBirmingham & Geneva dance rehearsalBirmingham & Geneva dance rehearsal