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mid * point: Coventry-based dance company leads school exploration into the brain

 

  • School children form their own dance company for project exploring neuroscience.
  • Work inspired by a visit to the University of Birmingham’s Medical School.
  • Project to promote arts, science and culture and the use of local community centre.

 

Last month children from Oasis Academy Hobmoor, Yardley in Birmingham joined forces with Coventry-based digital-dance company Mercurial Arts in a unique collaboration to create a new dance performance for their community.

 

Chaotic Liquid Network was an innovative exploration into the brain, and a way of promoting the Community Centre attached to the school. The Community Centre has never been open to the public and this was the first arts event held in the space since it was built in 2007. The project performance and subsequent exhibition attracted 500 people over three days.

 

The sixty Year 5 pupils were inspired by a visit to the University of Birmingham’s Medical School where they undertook a day of experiments looking into the workings of the brain. The 9 – 10 year olds discussed complex questions such as, ‘Where do ideas and movements come from in the body?’ Led by Dr. Alex Conner of the University of Birmingham Medical School, the visit stimulated thought and imagination. Dr. Conner said:

 

It is a challenging subject for the children, and took them to the forefront of our current knowledge and science about how the brain works

 

Using technology such as digital mapping and projections, the children created a dynamic dance piece exploring how they perceive the brain and how thought processes work.

 

 

Mercurial Arts’ Artistic Director Oliver Scott said:

 

The Chaotic Liquid Network has been a distinctive way to engage children in dance and

science. The project has enabled the children to get to grips with some complex ideas in

science and asked them to stretch their thinking. I really enjoyed seeing how the children

took to a project that crosses subjects and art forms. It opened their creativity and stimulated

new ideas. They raised their game to create and present a complex beautiful performance.’

 

Paul Tarry, Principal of Oasis Hobmoor said:

‘Working alongside other professionals and artists helped the children achieve things they wouldn’t have thought possible. It expanded their horizons and the quality of the work they produced was exceptional. The pupils loved it and surprised themselves. As an academy that is just the sort of thing we are striving to achieve.’

The collaboration was the first of many projects to promote arts, science and culture in the school. It has acted as a catalyst to bring the community centre back into use and explore its full potential to promote the arts and culture in the Yardley area of Birmingham.


mid * point: Success of Arena Theatre’s 2014 jazz programme set to continue into autumn

Wolverhampton’s innovative Arena Theatre launched its first season of jazz in October 2013, with patrons including pianist/composer Zoe Rahman, civil rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC and legendary bass player and Wolverhampton-native Dave Holland. In the opening season, bands played to sell-out houses, and the venue was acclaimed for bringing national and international live jazz to Wolverhampton city centre.

 

This autumn a new programme will be launched, again featuring a diverse range of jazz and contemporary music to suit all tastes. On October 11th, folk legend June Tabor appears with trio, Quercus, which also features Iain Ballamy of the celebrated ensemble Loose Tubes. June Tabor’s a cappella recording of And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda is one of the great anti-war anthems. In November, exciting Anglo-Scandinavian trio, Phronesis, will be performing music from their new five-star rated CD, Life to Everything. IndoJazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh comes to Wolverhampton in December with his six-piece band to perform his acclaimed recording, A South Asian Suite. More music is scheduled for spring 2015.

 

The Arena’s jazz programmer Alison Vermee said: “Audience support for our first year of the Jazz at the Arena programme has been outstanding. We offer live performances and workshop opportunities for young people, and the chance to get involved in the programme through the newly formed charity Jazz@Wolverhampton. We are looking forward to another exciting season of music. Tickets go on sale on 11th August. ”

 

For more information, call 01902 321321 or visit www.arenatheatre.info.


The Other Way Works: Arts Marketing Graduate Internship

Arts Marketing Graduate Internship

6 Months – Paid

Women & Theatre and The Other Way Works are recruiting an Arts Marketing Intern.

This paid Internship offers a creative graduate hands-on arts marketing experience working on a variety of projects for two Birmingham-based theatre companies.

Women & Theatre deliver high quality participatory projects and produce new theatre of contemporary relevance that reflects the lives and experiences of ordinary people, giving voices to those who are not usually heard. www.womenandtheatre.co.uk

The Other Way Works create playful theatre that immerses our audiences in the story.
We are part of a new wave of theatre makers re-inventing the way people engage with culture. We do this by creating intimate environments that offer our audiences agency, which can provoke them to change the way they live their lives. www.theotherwayworks.co.uk

Working as a valued member of our small staff teams, the successful Intern will have plenty of opportunity to use their creative design and marketing talents to help raise the organisations’ profiles, and increase levels of marketing activity. Duties will include: developing print and digital marketing materials; implementing marketing campaigns for creative and fundraising projects; updating websites and social media feeds.

Key Information
6 month Internship starting in September 2014
30 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday (2 days a week with each organisation)
£ Minimum Wage
Predominantly office based in Moseley, Birmingham (both organisations based at this office)

Key Dates
Deadline for Applications: 12pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 16th September 2014
Start date: Tuesday 30th September 2014

Apply
To apply for this position contact Women & Theatre on info@womenandtheatre.co.uk
Alternatively, please contact your work coach at your jobcentre and quote LMS reference: ERG 30125.

This paid internship is supported by the Creative Employment Programme.

There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Women & Theatre and The Other Way Works are equal opportunities employers, who are actively seeking to employ people currently under-represented in the creative and cultural sector. This includes young people, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

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Women & Theatre: We’re Recruiting….Graduate Marketing Intern

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Women & Theatre and The Other Way Works are recruiting an Arts Marketing Intern.
This paid Internship offers a creative graduate hands-on arts marketing experience working on a variety of projects for two Birmingham-based theatre companies.

Women & Theatre deliver high quality participatory projects and produce new theatre of contemporary relevance that reflects the lives and experiences of ordinary people, giving voices to those who are not usually heard.

The Other Way Works create playful theatre that immerses our audiences in the story.
We are part of a new wave of theatre makers re-inventing the way people engage with culture. We do this by creating intimate environments that offer our audiences agency, which can provoke them to change the way they live their lives. www.theotherwayworks.co.uk

Working as a valued member of our small staff teams, the successful Intern will have plenty of opportunity to use their creative design and marketing talents to help raise the organisations’ profiles, and increase levels of marketing activity. Duties will include: developing print and digital marketing materials; implementing marketing campaigns for creative and fundraising projects; updating websites and social media feeds.

Key Information
6 month Internship starting in September 2014
30 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday (2 days a week with each organisation)
£ Minimum Wage
Predominantly office based in Moseley, Birmingham (both organisations based at this office)

Key Dates
Deadline for Applications: 12pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 16th September 2014
Start date: Tuesday 30th September 2014

Apply
To apply for this position contact Women & Theatre on info@womenandtheatre.co.uk

Alternatively, please contact your work coach at your jobcentre and quote LMS reference: ERG 30125.

This paid internship is supported by the Creative Employment Programme.

There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Women & Theatre and The Other Way Works are equal opportunities employers, who are actively seeking to employ people currently under-represented in the creative and cultural sector. This includes young people, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Bumper Brum Bank Holiday of FREE Theatre…

Roll up, roll up for our last weekend of Summer in Southside – and boy, have we saved the best until last! This Bank Holiday we will be bringing the streets of Southside alive with not one but TWO days of fun, free theatre. Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm for rapping grannies, […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Afrovibes Global Choir – Can you sing? If so… join us!

To mark the opening of Afrovibes 2014 the words of Nelson Mandela have been set to music in a specially commissioned traditional English choral piece, to be sung by a virtual choir. To take part in this worldwide event, you are invited to upload a recording of your voice and join us as Afrovibes marks the 20th Anniversary of democracy in South Africa.

The finished performance, entitled No Easy Road to Freedom, will be very much a tribute to the South African freedom struggle and its video will launch the Afrovibes festival in October.

Click here to download all you need to join in this exciting project – and please tell your friends: we hope that they will want to join in as well.

No Easy Road to Freedom has been created for Afrovibes by MD Tim Cumper and the team at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire, as their special contribution to this year’s festival. People from all over the country, and the world, are being invited to share their voices in this global commission.

The deadline for your finished recording to be submitted is 11pm on Fri 12 Sep, to give the technical team time to create the final mix.

To view a virtual choir performance, please click here. We hope you’ll enjoy taking part in ours.

Check out all the events that are taking place at The Drum as part of Afrovibes 2014

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Green with Envy…

This week we were joined by some very lucky winners from this year’s on-stage Fundraising Gala who were  the lucky recipients of an exclusive Wicked  makeover. The money raised from the prize will go towards Hippodrome Plus, our programme in education, access and bringing theatre to everyone. Prize winner Noor Lambert was flown backstage to the wigs and […]

Women & Theatre: WANTED: Your Women & Theatre Memories

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As Women & Theatre celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we are keen to hear from some of the vast numbers of people who have been involved with the Company over the years, as actors, directors, stage managers, staff members, audiences, project participants, and in various other ways!

We would love to hear your memories and thoughts about the Company and its work, and for an added challenge, try keeping it within 30 words!

Our favourite response will win 2 tickets for our forthcoming production, For the Past 30 Years which is on at The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October 2014.

Please share your memory with us here

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Winning Wicked Young Writer…

Yesterday we brought you the first story by one of the lucky winners of our Wicked Young Writers competition in association with the Library of Birmingham. Today, we bring you William Bezzant’s winning entry; William, aged 10 from Solihull, wrote a fantastically funny short story about an unlikely superhero… Soup-a-man It was a dark, stormy night as […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Wicked Writer casts a spell

A couple of weeks ago we were thrilled to congratulate the winners of our Wicked Young Writers competition in association with the Library of Birmingham. The lucky winners, Lauren Bull (13) and William Bezzant (10) met Wicked cast members dressed in Susan Hilferty’s stunning Tony® Award winning costumes on the panoramic balcony of the Birmingham’s iconic […]