Archive for August, 2013

ACE dance and music to take part in ‘British Dance and the African Diasporas – Roadshow Three’

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2013 by charlottegregory

British Dance and the African Diasporas – Roadshow Three

Sat 12 October 2013
Free (but booking is essential)

Who: this event is aimed at dancers, dance students and researchers and anyone with an interest in the work of Black British dancers. Dancers are invited to take part in the class, non dancers are welcome to observe. You can attend all or parts of the programme.

This is the third Roadshow of the British Dance and the African Diasporas Research Project led by Christy Adair (York St John University) and Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University). The project aims to find new ways of generating and recording memories from those involved in professional dance activity. It seeks to celebrate the achievements of black dancers whose histories are often overlooked, to re-contextualise the work of Black British dancers and to add to the transatlantic knowledge of African cultural diasporas.

Roadshow Three will explore memories of those Black British dancers who were involved with dance since the 1970s with particular focus on Kokuma Dance Theatre Company and ACE dance and music “ACE dance and music look forward to participating in this dialogue celebrating the achievements of Black British dancers and choreographers. Birmingham was a key centre in the 1970s and 1980s in Britain for the development of African and Caribbean People’s Dance and continues to be so, and thus we are excited that this event will now be taking place in ACE’s home city.” (Gail Parmel, Artistic Director of ACE dance and music)

14.15 – 15.45 Introduction: participate or observe Gail Parmel teaching open class with Music Director, Ian Parmel. Gail is Artistic Director of ACE dance and music which she founded with Ian Parmel in 1996 after working with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company. In 2011 she was nominated one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s 50 Women to Watch and has now been voted as one of 20 inspirational woman from the African Diaspora in Europe.
Numbers for the open class will be limited so please register your place.

16.00 – 17:00 Networking event with ADAD led by Judith Palmer: find out more about ADAD, tea and coffee provided.

17.15 – 19:00 Evening programme:
There will be a panel discussion: ‘Overview of dance in Birmingham 1970s and 80s’. The panel will include Bob Ramdhanie, Gail Parmel, Ian Parmel, Christy Adair, Funmi Adewole, Ramsay Burt and Jean Johnson Jones.

19.00 – 19.30 The evening will conclude with performances from ACE Youth, ACE Graduates, plus a preview excerpt from Mana: ACE dance and music’s new international production.

Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance. Please contact Kate Jackson, Programme and Marketing Assistant, DanceXchange to book
E: T: 0121 689 1092

ACE Youth member Chelsea Gordon talks about watching Mana in rehearsal

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services

“Their movement was even stronger when accompanied by the music, it is so powerful and spiritual. The piece is so gripping and intense. It is Vincent’s ideas and message that the dancers are illustrating to the audience, every move or breath in this piece means something, which is why he is so strict on getting every inch of the piece immaculate.

At the end of practice the dancers sat down to watch a video. It showed people from many different cultures and what they found to be important and things they would believe in and worship. The purpose of the video is to show what has Mana to them. What has left a legacy and has meaning, a past and history. To different people it would mean different things. I thought it was nice to see what had ‘Mana’ to different people all over the world and thought it was good that these dancers that may come from different places can be brought together by something they all believe to have Mana which is dance.”

ACE Youth Member, Chelsea Gordon

Mana in rehearsal

Mana tour flyer autumn 2013

Posted in Mana, Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 by The Lift Creative Services
touring autumn 2013

touring autumn 2013

touring autumn 2013

touring autumn 2013

The ACE dance and music troupe rehearsing at Cannon Hill Park Saturday 3rd August

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2013 by charlottegregory


ACE dance and music feature in Birmingham Mail’s carnival coverage

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2013 by charlottegregory

ACE Youth member Anike takes centre stage in the Birmingham Mail’s coverage of Birmingham Carnival 2013, as she shows off the beautiful costumes we hired from our friends at Coventry based Imagineer

See Anike in the Mail’s article all about this biennial celebration here:

ACE dance and music had the largest troupe at this year’s carnival, which took place last Sunday 4th. The participants from our children’s Carnival Summer School, Adults’ Soca Aerobics Class and ACE Youth, showed off the Caribbean dances they’d been learning with us over the past few weeks. They were also joined by Eternity from Amsterdam, who led our troupe with live marching percussion. Again photographer Graeme Braidwood was on hand to capture all the activity, including our dress rehearsal at mac on Saturday 3rd. We have so many beautiful images (thanks Graeme!) but here give you a selection of our favourites.

Latest photos from ACE Graduates’ Exchange with Eternity

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2013 by charlottegregory

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Local photographer Graeme Braidwood is following all our activities this week and has caught some beautiful moments on camera. Here you can get an insight into the first day of ACE Graduates’ exchange with Eternity at mac, a fantastic drumming group from Amsterdam. All this is part of our huge Carnival Is Colour project, which will end with a bang at Birmingham Carnival this Sunday 4th. The project has been featured on West Midlands Dance – you can go directly to the article here to find out more: