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By Lucia Schweigert, Apr 18 2018 08:56PM

Last week I had the huge pleasure to experience "Mesa + Helen Cox" by Inês Neto dos Santos & Helen Cox. "Mesa" is a project conceived by Inês Neto dos Santos and "challenges our encounters with art and creates platforms for creative conversation".


What I most enjoyed were the immense beauty of the whole evening. The design, the dance, the food. Everything came together to create such a gorgeous aesthetic experience. It was fulfilling and healing, and also simply incredibly yummy.


You can find out more about the project on Inês website and more about Helen's work on her website.


By Lucia Schweigert, Apr 11 2018 09:38PM

I have learnt dancing with fan veils since last year and am really enjoying the freedom and breadth it gives a dance.

It's a beautiful feeling and looks great. Traditionally used in belly dance, I use it for contemporary and lyrical dances.

Fan veils come in many different colours, my favourite ones right now are these multi-colour ones.

This picture was taken on the banks of the river Thames in Greenwich with a view of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs in London.


By Lucia Schweigert, Mar 15 2018 04:34PM

I think I've attended a fair share of workshops aimed at Start Ups and SMEs and I've learned lots from the many free and generously supported opportunities available. My favourites are those provided by the British Library's Business & IP Centre. They are very high quality and super helpful.


My other favourite took place last week and comes from a Start Up herself. My colleague Heather Jeffries has started bringing together the wealth of knowledge from her artistic and managerial expertise and now applies these to help others communicate their brand better through improved non-verbal communication.


I will post the link here, once her website is up and running. In the meantime, get in touch through me. Unless you feel you have completely mastered all aspects of non-verbal communication, I think you will benefit from Heather's wisdom.


By Lucia Schweigert, Feb 23 2018 09:50AM

The Independent Dance Management Network is an organisation for arts managers, artists, administrators, producers, promoters, programmers, consultants and agents working across the subsidised and commercial arts sectors in the UK.


Konstantina and I both joined in our capacity as producers of Kaleidoscopic Arts and as self-producing dance artists. I am already enjoying the benefits of this membership and have taken part in two useful, informative and engaging workshops. Join up and have a look, which events and benefits will support your career: https://www.idmn.co.uk/activity/training.html


By Lucia Schweigert, Feb 15 2018 07:37PM

Where has time gone?


In autumn last year I worked with Ensemble Perpetuo again. Is there a greater pleasure than performing and even rehearsing with live music? I was also very happy to continue developing "Grief".


Following a residency at ArtsDepot in North Finchley we shared our work in progress at Room Festival.


Photo: © Ensemble Perpetuo - rehearsing with violinist Fenella Humphreys

By Lucia Schweigert, Sep 19 2017 12:02PM

Contracts for the independent contemporary dance sector


29th September, 10am – 12noon, arrival from 9.45am

Centre 151, 151 Whiston Rd, London E2 8BL

Downstairs meeting room


We have invited guest speaker Thea Stanton, communications co-ordinator at ITC - Independent Theatre Council, to join us. She will speak to us about choreographers’ legal rights, correct rates and conditions and about negotiating contracts.


Next, we will have a look at the contracts in use in the independent contemporary dance sector at the moment and analyse what’s good, what’s missing and what needs improving. The outcome will be a template that emerging artists can use in their actual practice! In the absence of templates suitable for independent artists at this stage of their career this will fill a gap and help artists behave professionally from the outset.


It will be our most exciting and forwards-pushing workshop yet. Join us when we write a small piece of history!


Looking ahead: For our 8th meeting we have invited a guest speaker from Equity and we will explain in realistic ways and step by step how to act when you find yourself in a work situation in which you feel exploited or unfairly or even illegally treated. Watch this space for the date and time tbc soon.


Tickets must be booked in advance by Wednesday, 27th September, and cost £3 + a 30p booking fee. Get your tickets now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/415327


This small fee helps us cover our administrative costs for running these events.


By Lucia Schweigert, Sep 11 2017 09:02AM

Upon my return to London earlier this year, I took up a new role as the assistant to the founder and director of Unika Dance Events, Maxine Anthony. Working alongside Maxine is very inspiring and I have learnt a lot already.


Last month, next to many other shows, Unika created a Safari Carnival Experience with dancers, capoeristas, drummers, acrobats and animal puppets for Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol and I am so proud to be part of such a visionary and creative company.


I can’t wait for what’s to come!


By Lucia Schweigert, Jul 27 2017 10:01AM

One year ago I started thinking of a new work with the working title 'grief' and since then it's developed beautifully. You can still follow the development on Twitter, by searching the hashtag #wtgrief. After lots of research and gathering inspiration and a few rehearsals, I joined Ensemble Perpetuo in a one-day residency and together we worked on ways to truly create a new concert experience by including dance in a chamber music concert.


Since then I have developed choreography which has now been presented during the most recent Blue Cloud Scratch Night on Friday, 21st July.


It was a very valuable experience as you get to perform your work while still in development and then receive feedback from your audience, which you can use to inform the continued development of your work.


I'm very grateful for the opportunity to create this work and for the support of Ensemble Perpetuo, Cloud Dance Festival and Blue Elephant Theatre.



Photograph: Jeremy Henderson
Photograph: Jeremy Henderson