Thursday, 15 November 2007

Greenwich Dance Agency and Laban present The Big Chill

Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RE, Box Office: 020 8293 9741

Now in its 11th year, The Big Chill is an intensive week of creative dance and choreography workshops – running Wednesday 12 to Wednesday 19 December 2007 (not Saturday and Sunday) - culminating in two live public performances on Wednesday 19 December at 2.30pm and 6.30pm Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban, Creekside, London SE8. FREE admission (advance booking only) Laban Box Office: 020 8469 9500

The Christmas Youth Dance Project is an annual joint initiative from Laban and Greenwich Dance Agency (gDA). Bringing together 50 young people from secondary schools in Lewisham and Greenwich, the project has grown from strength to strength and is now in its 11th year.

The key aim of the Project is to get young people involved in dance, and to identify children who have a unseen talent for dance; they need not necessarily be experienced in dance, but should be interested in working in a creative and imaginative way. The Christmas Youth Dance Project, aimed at students aged 14 to 18 years, is held as a model of what youth dance should be about, and is proud to have produced a great number of students who have gone on to train as dancers.

Following INSET training sessions for teachers, interested pupils enjoyed one-off taster workshops led by established choreographer and dancer Aletta Collins and her dance team. Each school then nominated two or three pupils to take part in an intensive week of creative dance and choreography workshops which run Wednesday 12 to Wednesday 19 December at gDA and Laban. The culmination of this work will be showcased in a matinee and evening performance at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban on Wednesday 19 December 2007.

A range of diverse professional dance companies have delivered The Christmas Youth Dance Project over the years. This year’s facilitator, Aletta Collins, has created works for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and her own dancers, Aletta Collins Dance Company. She has also produced works for opera, film and theatre including the National Theatre’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Creating engaging and witty dance theatre, often full of larger than life characters, Aletta aims to bring out the individual in each of this year’s young dancers. gDA Since its inception in 1993, Greenwich Dance Agency (gDA) has built an international reputation for quality and innovation.


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