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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2015

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

July 12 2015

Greenwich World Cultural Festival, Eltham Palace

Greenwich World Cultural Festival is a free dynamic one day festival that takes place at Eltham Palace and Gardens with a diverse celebration of dance, music, theatre, art and circus. It  is a Greenwich Dance initiative, where I am Resident Artist. For the third year I was invited to run the family Art activities in the sunken moat. Thank you to the wonderful Art team: Max McKay-Jones, Georgie Harrison, Gaby McKay-Jones, and Becky. Max and Georgie worked with the children during the afternoon creating a cardboard tower inspired by the entrance to Eltham Palace


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At the end of the day it was knocked down jumped on and moved to the recycling bins

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clay 2 Creative clay modelling

5 4 Gaby taught origami Crane making part of The International Peace Crane Project

Laban BA1

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

30 September 2014

Laban BA1

A wonderful afternoon with Susan Sentler‘s class of BA1 dance students at Laban encouraging mark-making and drawing each other in response to movement

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Fabulous work

Creating the Interactive Wall for Divercity

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

On Saturday I joined the young people in the classes at Greenwich Dance Saturday classes where they worked towards the City-Scape to be part of Divercity 




The work made at Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance was mounted together to make a large City-Scape Interactive Wall for the visitors to add to on the night.


Luggage tags with comments about our City were tied to a lit up wire figure made by Maxim McKay-Jones

Divercity 1

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The wire figure ‘selfies’ were added to the Wall



Divercity at Greenwich Dance, Saturday 5th April 6.30pm

Create Artwork for Divercity at Greenwich Dance

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

29 March 2014

Greenwich Dance Today 

Are you a teenager interested in joining me at Greenwich Dance today between 11 and 3.00pm to create a large City-Scape which will be part of Divercity on 5th April, tag, draw, make a wire figure to add to the artwork write comments about our city to tie onto life size wire sculptures.

See what the youth dance students created at Trinity Laban last Saturday

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DIVERCITY   5th April. 6.30pm

Summer Shake-Up!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

12th August 2013

This week I am taking workshops at Greenwich Dance for 6-10 year olds with dance company Charlotte Spencer Projects. We are using Charlotte’s latest work Walking Stories as a starting point for play, experimentation and creativity.

£15 per day, turn up on the day or book in advance. 020 8293 9741

12 – 15 August 2013. Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm

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Open Studio Today

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

18th November 2012

Open Studio today. 11am – 6pm.

I’ll be there with my work and demonstrating wire sculpture construction Studio 17, Unit 0

Find Second Floor Studios


Greenwich World Cultural Festival

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

1st July 2012

When you walk into the grounds of Eltham Palace in South East London it is like entering a secret garden, or walking through the wardrobe and finding yourself in Narnia. This Art Deco hidden gem, built around the remains of the Palace first recorded in Domesday Book of 1086, is the location Greenwich Dance and Greenwich Theatre present the annual Greenwich World Cultural Festival, a celebration of dance, music and theatre from around the world.

As Greenwich Dance’s Resident Artist I arranged a Creative Clay workshop in the Sunken Moat, led by my eldest son Max and his friend Jess, to make clay figures inspired by the dance taking place around them. Constantly busy with all ages creating a figure to take home.

Max and Jess Creative Clay Workshop 2Creative Clay workshop inspired by dance in the festival

Visitors to the festival were given a map of the palace grounds showing a bridge crossing the dry moat at three given times during the afternoon, asked to meet beside the bridge to be led to the area where a dance would be performed by Beyond Front@

Beyond Front@ at Eltham Palace

Beyond Front@ at Eltham Palace Beyond Front@ 2Beyond Front@ dancing in the grounds of Eltham Palace

I gave the spectators small pieces of paper and pencils and suggested they try to get some of the movement on to paper, at the end of the dance we hung them on the Thought Tree.

musicians  Musicians played in surprise places around the grounds

big picnic big picnicProtein Dance’s The Picnic commissioned by Greenwich Dance

Beyond Front@ at Greenwich Dance

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

27th – 30th June and 1st July 2012

Beyond Front@ is a Dance Communication Lab in which dancers from partner organizations from European countries, join together to communicate and connect through dancing, moving and exploring together. A dancer from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary arrived at Greenwich Dance on Wednesday to join London based dancers to work together for 4 days with UK Dance Artist Robert Clark. Rob is a british contemporary dance performer, choreographer and teacher. None of the dancers seemed to know each other although the European visitors from Beyond Front@ had previously met a few months ago and taken part in a workshop.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday began with a morning class with Theo Clinkard. The daily class at Greenwich Dance is open to all professional dancers, each week led by someone new.

Theo Clinkard class

Theo Clinkard class Theo Clinkard class

Morning class with Tho Clinkard in Greenwich Dance

Each afternoon Rob Clark led a fascinating workshop. Using contact improvisation as a starting point, the movement and energy began to flow between the dancers.

Beyond Front@

Beyond Front@ day 1

Beyond Front@

Day 1 at Greenwich Dance

Spatial awareness seemed a key element, Rob encouraged the dancers to consider the negative space, trying to ignore the surrounding walls. The Breath too, was considered and focussed on, in a way I hadn’t seen before in dance, (reminding me of the cranial osteopathy that my sons have with the incredible Paul Kyte).

Beyond Front@ day 2. Breathe

Beyond Front@ day 2

Day 2 at Greenwich Dance 

Wednesday and Thursday were based in Greenwich Dance and Friday was at Trinity Laban, Deptford, outside on the landscaped grass. It was very beautiful watching the group dance the movements that had developed over the last 2 days in a studio now take place in the open air on the grass. Partly because they were in their 3rd day of working but also because of the space all the movement and transitions seemed to extend accompanied by lots of laughter and a strong sense of unity in the group.

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Day 3 in the open air outside Laban

On Saturday we went to the old Laban site where the studios are next to Goldsmiths College, New Cross, when I was at Goldsmiths taking my degree this is where Laban was based. The dancers worked independently but together in one studio during the first hour, warming up in their own unique ways, the atmosphere was meditative, calm and focussed. The rest of the day the dancers continued to develop the dances to be performed the following day. Three unique and intricate dance works were developing very fast in front of me, pulling together the movement experiences that had happened over the last three days.

Beyond Front@ day 4

Day 4 at the old Laban site next to Goldsmiths College 

On Sunday the Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2012 at Eltham Palace provided a stunning backdrop for the dancers to give 3 performances.

There are many more drawings that I made of the fabulous creative journey of Beyond Front@ during the 5 days in London. Some will be developed further, as etchings and paintings to be shown publicly at a later stage.

Greenwich Dance Family Cabaret

Friday, May 25th, 2012

19 May 2012

Saturday 19th May was the first day of Big Dance 2012, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance. Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London, Greenwich Dance is working with local dancers, arts organisations, schools and councils to bring together 8 weeks of dance across south east London. Greenwich Dance kicked off the festivities with the Greenwich Dance Big Family Cabaret.

In my new role of Resident Artist of Greenwich Dance, I facilitated Drawing Dance. As the audience arrived I invited the children to join me and dancers: Victor Fung and Ragnhild Olsen on the dance floor which was covered in a huge carpet of white paper. Fabulous rhythmic drawings were made by the children and many adults too, inspired by the music DJ Festus Williams was playing and the dancing of Victor and Ranghild.

Award winning comedian Tom Roden from New Art Club was the compere.

My drawings of the performance

Family Cabaret 2012

Maxwell Dance Project  Magpie Dance Youth Group

Family Cabaret 2012

Matthias Sperling and Antonia Grove

Family Cabaret 2012

Hoop La La

Family Cabaret 2012

Dickson Mbi, Adrian Naidas and Jonathon Reid

A great start to the next 8 weeks of Big Dance.

Thomas Tallis Art and Dance Project Workshops. Week 6

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

December 15th

Last day in the art room at Thomas Tallis.

Thomas Tallis Art and Dance Project. Week 6

Thomas Tallis Art and Dance Project. Week 6

The students created an atmospheric show casting shadows from their sculptures. 

Thomas Tallis Art and Dance Project. Week 6   Thomas Tallis Art and Dance Project. Week 6

In the dance class they continued developing the dance phrase they had learned.