We are recruiting!

Audition: 18th April 10-5 London

Glass House Dance are recruiting performers for 2 projects.

1.’Us’: A surreal and comic dance theatre performance for the street.

We are looking for a second cast to tour nationally. There are two possible performances this year (June 17th & September 30th). There may be more dates tbc.

We require a male & female dancer with strong partnering skills. Must be comfortable with character work. Experience working in outdoor environments and close audience interaction preferable.

Before applying please watch the following links to the work: http://glasshousedance.co.uk/Us

There will be 3 days of rehearsals in Norwich. Pay will be be above equity rates. Expenses will be covered.

2. New Commission

Glass House Dance are working on a new commission based on a short story. We are looking for 1 male and 1 female with strong character experience.

Character Descriptions:

Male: Intimidating, weathered, he has a dark secret. Socially awkward and a loner. He is an intense character.

Female: Prim, cold, barely polite, threatened but trying to hide it.

There will be 5 days of R&D in Norwich which will take place either w/c 1/5/17 or 8/5/17. Pay for rehearsals will be in-line with equity rates. There are 3 confirmed performances in Norwich. 17th & 18th May and 20th June. Pay for performances will be £150 per performance. Expenses during rehearsals and performances will be covered.
Glass House Dance works closely with performers in a playful devising process. We are interested in performers who feel they can bring something to these roles. Anyone applying must be available for all dates mentioned.

Please send a c.v. and covering letter with links to showreels or performance work to:

glasshousedance@outlook.com

Please use AUDITION as the subject heading.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 5th April

Successful applicants will be notified by 11th April.

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Aviva Community Fund

Sharing a physical space and dancing with another human is a profound and touching experience. Dance exists in the moment and enables people to be fully present in a world which often forces us out of it. GlassHouse provides opportunities for everyone to delight in these experiences.

 

We are applying to the Aviva Community Fund to support our education workshops and we need votes!

This fund will host 8 monthly participatory dance workshops across Norfolk, including rural areas, in 2017 and an additional 3 day summer school under the title “Inside Glass House”.

“Inside Glass House” has an artistic focus, drawing from Laura and Sarah’s experience and approach to making dances. The average age of attendees of Glass House Dance workshops is between 30-84 years and in 2017, with the support of this funding, these workshops will encourage people to be active and participate in these events by being able to offer a reduced fee or free attendance to anyone on a low wage or retired and to widely publicise the workshops.

These workshops are all about inclusivity. They are about multiple generations moving and dancing together rather than exclusivity for an age bracket. The benefits of generations moving together for social inclusion and self efficacy are vast and vital.

These dance workshops will take place in dance studios, village and community halls around Norfolk and may include outdoor elements. They are an opportunity for participants to move their bodies, be playful and experimental in a fun and social environment.

Funding these workshops over a year will create a community of participants from all over Norfolk that will make the workshops self sustaining in the future. Over the year, the aim is to build a community of dancers that can continue to grow and may even turn into a company.

Please help us by voting. Follow the link below to cast your votes. Thank you.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2283

 

 

 

Show time again!

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A busy few days coming up for GlassHouse. If you haven’t seen ‘Us’ yet we hope to catch you at one of the performances below. Feel the love people!

Thursday 30th June – Head Out Not Home, Norwich

Chapelfield Plain – 17:10, 18:20, 19:20

Saturday 2nd July – Harwich Festival, Harwich

Mayflower Project 1.10

Ha’penny pier 2.10 & 3.10

Saturday – Lord Mayors Celebrations, Norwich

Brigg Street – 6.40, 7.30 & 9.40

Us at NNF16

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We are bringing our new show ‘Us’ to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May.

Us is a surreal and comic dance theatre performance for the street.

A re-telling of the classic ‘boy-meets-girl’.
The boy, Luke, is a notoriously flirtatious, young at heart, Luke Skywalker wannabe, but it’s complicated.
The girl, KJ, is attention seeking, a helpless romantic, and has a love for the music of Kate Bush.
Luke and KJ meet on a very ordinary day, but their meeting is anything but…

Watch their story unfold from nervous beginnings to eventually falling in love. This comic and touching dance performance reveals the trials and tribulations of young love. Will they make It work? What happens next? The audience help them decide; should they stick it out or go their separate ways?

Expect laughter and audience participation.

Saturday 21st
Gentleman’s Walk, 11 – 11.20am
Chapelfield Gardens, 1 – 1.20pm & 3.45 – 4.05pm

Sunday 22nd
Gentleman’s Walk 11 – 11.20am
Chapelfield Gardens, 1 – 1.20pm & 2.30 – 2.50pm

This is being performed as part of The Garden Party:
http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/festival/dance/the-garden-party5

Gaelin’s thoughts on A Little Bit of Light

‘A little bit of light’ – the title perfectly sums up my experience as a performer in this piece.

As we arrived each day of the tour at a new venue, ranging from residential care homes, leisure centres and hospitals, there was always a sense of going into the unknown. Each setting had its own particular routines, support systems and of course the most important variant; audience members that displayed a fantastic array of characters and personalities that I am privileged to have encountered.

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We would often meet the audience informally before beginning, usually over a cup of tea, a bonding ritual not to be overlooked! I don’t know what life is like day to day having a degenerative illness such as dementia, that many of our audience were living with. I only could get a sense of what they might be feeling in the moment of our meeting.

I would often think there is no way to know what a difference we can really make to people’s experience of life, from just the one hour we had with them. The equal playfulness and intimacy of the piece, provoked laughter, encouraged sensitivity, and inspired childlike wonder. We would transform a familiar space into something completely new. However fleeting this offering of lightness might seem in the grand scale of things, surely every interaction within all the moments that makes up a life must count.

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On the first day of the research process, the directors of GlassHouse, Laura and Sarah expressed the desire to make a happy dance. This concept might seem simple but if you really delve deeply into what it might mean to communicate a little bit of light the implications are profound. GlassHouse expertly crafted a piece that made it impossible not to smile, for performers and audiences alike.

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Luke’s thoughts on ‘Us’

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Where to begin, hmmm let me start with three words that I feel best describe my experience with GlassHouse:

HILARIOUS, GROUNDBREAKING, EXPERIMENTAL.

I have recently been working with Sarah and Laura on their new project ‘Us’ a new addition to the existing work ‘You, Me & Everybody Else’ which I too had the honour to be involved with. I have had the privilege to work alongside colleague and friend KJ Mortimer, a super talented dance artist who I share the studio, stage and street with. My partner in crime so to speak. Not to mention being guided, nurtured and supported by both Sarah and Laura, two amazing women with vision, drive and charisma whom I have learnt an abundance of new skills from.

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Ok, so I am going to start by talking about the uncanny line up of events that went hand in hand with the latest research period.

Word: Serendipity
Definition: The fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance (Cambridge English Dictionary)

Serendipity is the word I will use to describe the week. In all of its glory it was there shining in lights. There is not enough sparkle hands to describe how apparent this word was.

One task that was given during the process was to act out fantastical ideas, games and scenarios. Of course me being the big child that I am I took to this like a duck to water (Oh my ducks, that’s another story. Ill get back to that later.) KJ and I ripped up small bits of paper and wrote down scenarios or powers for one another to act out. I choose “dragon slaying” as one of my fantasy roles, who dosen’t want to be a dragon slayer? As you can imagine the studio quickly transformed into a cave, with bats, fire-breathing beasts and me running around pretending to spit flames and singe KJ’s eyebrows off. After the day had finished and we were making our way back to the car, it dawned on us that Norwich is currently being taken over by Dragon statues. Dragons here, there and everywhere. My mind was blow. I took it as a sign, that we were on to good things.

I move forward with the incidents. All four of us were having a beautiful ciabatta from House (cafe around the corner) when Sarah shrieks from across the table, frantically rushing for her mobile phone.  There on a shelf stood solemnly by itself was a dice. The dice was not covered with dots amounting to six, no no no, that would have been too ordinary. This dice had letters on its faces. Miraculously there was a U and a S and the way the dice was positioned is spelt US. Not everyday you find a dice with no dots and the letters U and S. Serendipity strikes again.

It doesn’t stop there. After discovering that Sarah has a drop down projector screen I could not let this go to waste. Movie night happened. Whilst in the library sifting through DVD after DVD, for some reason I glance around the shelfs and there, staring at me in the face was a book titled ‘US’. Mind blown round 2. Out of intrigue I picked up the book and wanted to know what it was about. It was about a love story between a boy and girl, similar to the work me and KJ where investigating. Magic. I now believe in magic.

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Lastly, during the fantasy role play, Star Wars came up. Light sabre fights and Luke Skywalker (that’s me obviously) had to teach princess KJ how light sabres work and sound. I got heavily involved with this task and annoyed at how she didn’t know how they sounded or had even seen the film. Mind blown 3 but for a different reason. Anyway back to serendipity. I found myself in the shop LUSH, a shop which I never ever go to or find myself having the need to go to. There I was in LUSH basking in the perfumed filled air and I feel a tap on the back of my right calve. I didn’t turn around straight away as I thought it may have been the wheel of a pram or an accident, until it happened again but with more force. Naturally I turned around and I was again jaw dropped at what I saw. A small boy playing with a plastic light sabre from Star Wars. Floored. Mind Blown 4

Thank you so much for a fantastic week and I can’t wait for the future… Oh and the ducks, I witnessed ducks walking in a line. A perfect line. Amazing xxxx

KJ’s thoughts on ‘Us’

We asked KJ (one of our fantastic dancers) to share her experience on creating ‘Us’ with GlassHouse. This is her response….

I am lucky to have been working with GlassHouse for over a year now. I started with the company back in April 2014 with the creation of “You, Me & Everybody Else”, I am currently working on the creation of “Us”. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a wholesome company which nourishes my creativity and pushes my performance skills in new exciting directions.

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What a wonderful journey it has been so far… Beautiful people creating a beautiful and free environment to hatch fresh ideas. Throughout this week GlassHouse (Laura McGill and Sarah Lewis) have been researching and creating with both myself (KJ Mortimer) and Luke Brown for new work which will (fingers crossed) tour in the near future.

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I am writing this blog on my train home from our first week and am feeling full up of gratitude… At the forefront of my mind stands the feeling of how special it is to work with lovely people whom you can share laughter and drive to create work you all feel excited by. This week has pushed Luke and KJ’s Characters within the GlassHouse narrative to another level, another space in time and whole new realm of fantasy and imagination! It’s been a delight to work with Laura and Sarah (and Luke) within this week getting to know them both as people and their choreographic minds. I fully respect their ethos and in making dance for the street and busking dance theatre I get to be a part of this exciting journey too! Is the street ready for “a brand new beat?… Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the street” with “Us”.

This is a little snippet of the week…
Arriving. Train. Ipswich. Norwich. Dance. Dance East. The Garage. The Arts Centre. Studios. Sunshine. Rain. Fun. Friends. Artistry. Ideas. Creativity. Relationships. Smiles. Drinks. Horoscopes. Cancer. Virgo. Gemini. Leo. Love. Love stages. 9. A Love duo. Luke. KJ. Luke’s bandana. Laura. Laughter. Sarah. Street art. Street dance. Busking. Swing dancing. Cartwheels. Contemporary Eric. Cocktails. Kate Bush. Running. More laughter. Guess the Into. Decades. Ultimate Hits. Coffee trips. Chocolate. Cashews. Dolly Parton. 90.s. George Michael. 4 shows. 2 days. A week of absolute fun, hard happy work and a now a new duet “US” .

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It’s a pleasure to invest in Laura and Sarah’s vision and help bring those creative sparks to life. This week has been full of inspiration, energy, excitement and laughter. Thank you Laura, Sarah and Luke!

By KJ Mortimer