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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

Here’s introducing ACE apprentice Lela and her thoughts on the ICE tech week

Posted in ICE, Uncategorized on September 26, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Hi everyone!!!

I’m Eleonora Pennacchini, or simply Lela, and I am one of the two apprentices from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance who have had the amazing opportunity to join ACE on their new and adventurous ICE experience.

It is the 25th of September…only 5 days to go before the première…and excitement and expectations are filling the air.

Last week has been production week, probably the most busy week we’ve ever had up to now…but truly
the most fascinating, colourful and for sure the most peculiar one!!!!!!!!!!

We spent most of our time at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth College, with lighting designer Heidi Riley and her incredible team of technicians, observing amazed how the piece little by little started to reveal
it’s true appearance before our eyes.

We’ve been joined by composer Hiroaki Yokoyama which has been delighting our breaks with his wonderful piano music and by set designer Claire Whitcomb which has been working daily at the anatomical installations you’ll be seeing on stage.

The days have been long and tiring but as our intake of sugar and caffeine starts reaching the
stars, the company is starting to truly bond. High pitch singing competitions have been taking place during lunch breaks, to reveal that Letty is the future Mariah Carey and Sade is the yet to be discovered new Whitney Houston…(both of which are informations I “HAVEN’T BEEN THREATENED” to volunteer…) .

We’re working to give you the best show ever…come and support us on the 1st of October in Leeds, book tickets here…