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By Lucia Schweigert, May 31 2018 06:54PM

I'm in the studio again and trying something new and different - wedding entertainment with fan veils! Last year I started learning to dance with fan veils and I really enjoyed it, but I didn't know how to incorporate it into my practice. Now, I'm beginning to have really fun creative ideas and so I'm trying things out in the studio. I think my choreography will be a beautiful and really flexible idea for wedding entertainment.


The photo is a still shot from filming my rehearsal. While the quality isn't all that, I think it still shows the movement and colours nicely.


By Lucia Schweigert, Apr 26 2018 09:38PM

Yesterday we hosted another Kaleidoscopic Arts work in progress sharing at Centre 151 and I facilitated the feedback session after the performances.


Lily Horgan and Charlie Dunne (Meta4) showed 'Swiss army knife' and Katy Jane Higgins (TOBY) showed 'Episodic86'.


At our work in progress sharings choreographers present work they are currently developing to each other as well as their invitees and other interested contributors. The sharing is followed by feedback to inform the development of a new work or continuation of an existing work. With financial support by Kaleidoscopic Arts and in-kind support towards space hire thanks to the on-going support by Centre 151, the choreographers' financial contribution is kept to a minimum.


Centre 151 supports artists in many ways. Check them out, if you don't know them already: http://www.centre151.com/


I enjoyed the works and even more the constructive discussion afterwards. It's very exciting to partake in others' creative process, to get an insight and to have the opportunity to contribute one's own thoughts.


If you'd like to share work and receive feedback, you can register on http://www.kaleidoscopic-arts.co.uk/register-for-wip-sharing


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, 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, 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

By Lucia Schweigert, Jun 28 2017 01:34PM

Maya Pindar was one of the five reviewers who attended the fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform last month. It was our most successful platform yet and we couldn't be happier! You can see impressions from the platform on our Facebook page.


I was very happy to have the opportunity to show 'Living with Sin' again and to receive valuable audience feedback, footage and reviews. Five reviewers attended the showcase, among them Tia Asterope and Maya Pindar. You can read their reviews following the links below.


Read Maya's full review.


Read Tia Asterope's review.


Kathy Richardson performing in 'Living with Sin'. Photo by Liz Gorman.
Kathy Richardson performing in 'Living with Sin'. Photo by Liz Gorman.