Six videos, trying to explain to the readers of my blog, the incredible work of Jacques Lecoq.
Yep… I have been accepted to do the professional course at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq!
I moved to Paris last week, left my old life behind, and decided to fully invest in my future vision.
Jacques Lecoq’s work is expansive: from physical theatre, to clowning, to the deep analysis of human behaviour, to mask work, to comedy… one way to resume it is that EVERYTHING starts with movement.
Dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, theatre directors and actors train at the school. There are no boxes artists are stuck in. The technique is a whole.
I set up a crowdfunding campaign to help me cover the costs of my tuition fee.
It is a private school. With the support of over 100 people, I was already able to raise over £4000! Yet, I need £7125 to finish the year.
Only 24H left to make a donation towards my crowdfunding campaign.
I made a few short video clips – a mix of videos and documentaries I found on Youtube – trying to explain how rich and groundbreaking Jacques Lecoq’s approach to theatre is.
The first time I entered this historique place… the studios of the Jacques Lecoq’s school, I felt home!
The training and the quality of the teachings brought me to tears. It was calling me.
Imagine this kind of knowledge being available to more Hiphop, Dancehall and Krump Theatre artists.
That’s what you’ll be investing in, in a bigger vision.
Thank you for your support!
I can finally make it official!
FAITH Drama Productions is giving me a £500 Development Grant in support to the training & research I will be doing at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris!!!
« We believe it is important to invest in powerful artistes whose talents will make a strong impact on communities around them. »
– Gbemi Ikumelo
Thank you so much for the support, recognition, encouragement and the belief you have in my work!!
I can’t wait to share my new knowledge & skills with the Faith Drama team / members in the very near future. So so grateful.
My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.
20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:
Yes yes, you can now listen to my Podcast on Spotify, Anchor and Google Podcast!
I am sharing short snippets of TOP TIPS for dancers as well as lessons learned during this crazy life journey of creativity.
Enjoy the listening, and feel free to send me topics / questions you’d like to talk about!
PS: did you know one of my big dreams is to be a TV presenter?
Oprah Winfrey being an icon that has impacted me in many ways… I’ll start with a Podcast Radio for the now 😀
It makes me boil, boil to the bone
All my efforts were in vain – I wish I had known
It didn’t matter whether or not – artistically – I had grown
That glass ceiling wanted me away from the throne
Initially, I saw myself rise and rise and rise
During the ascension – I thought it was all lies
Women were flying high – as much as the guys
Little did I know it was sneering in the background – in disguise
Let me introduce you: The Glass Ceiling
Ladies and Gents: Gender Inequality
Drum rolls… OFF BEAT please!
It hit me hard, and by surprise.
– by Cindy Claes
It feels a little bit like…
Walking straight into a glass door.
Whether your nose is bleeding or your eye is bruised, nobody even noticed you missed the entrance.
It feels a little bit like…
Running with sweat and tears after a train who has already departed.
But your waving ain’t catching nobody’s attention.
The arts industry is poisoned by gender inequality.
Female choreographers / theatre directors are not receiving the same commissions, support and opportunities.
I don’t have all the answers on how to make a deep long lasting difference.
I can only share with you the way it made me feel:
Frustrated, sad, angry, helpless AND…
Lisa Nichols says:
“Some motivation will come wrapped in sandpaper.”
That which was initially rage, has fueled an un-negotiable hunger for growth.
I am making a radical life-changing decision:
studying at Jacques Lecoq in Paris for 1-2 years.
I am leaving everything behind.
Current network, reputation, gigs, home, friends, etc.
I am going to invest time and energy into become the best artist I can ever be.
I am gonna raise my game, learn a world-widely renown technique approaching theatre, comedy and dance in the most magnificent way.
This is the way I will contribute in smashing this glass ceiling into pieces.
With skills, by skills, and through skillful creations.
(Wait for it, when I am back…)
Opening the door, for the next generation of girls and women.
And making the flipping train WAIT for them before departing without them.
SUPPORT FEMALE LEADERSHIP
DONATE TOWARDS MY TUITION FEE to study at Jacques Lecoq:
Picture & necklace Wei Wang
Looking for 4 additional dancers for a new & refreshing artistic project.
We are looking for dancers who have a strong background in either Hiphop / Dancehall / House / Afrobeats or Krump; to create new dance theatre work exploring the themes of police brutality in Brussels and the Belgian prison system.
We are looking for dancers who:
◇have a strong interest in Hiphop Theatre / Dance Storytelling
◇are passionate about using art to bring social change
◇are eager to use creative platforms to bring new refreshing discussions to the table through art
◇are hungry for professional development
The project will offer:
◇The opportunity to work 2 days with Benji Reid, a U.K. Hiphop Theatre pioneer / choreographer and renown theatre director
◇The opportunity to work alongside Cindy Claes, choreographer based in London
◇professional development for dancers who want to expand their performance skills
◇professional development for emerging choreographers
◇networking opportunities (Zinnema, international dance exchanges, etc.)
The project is unpaid but lunch will be provided during the last week of residency. Cindy Claes Productions (UK) and Timiss (Belgium) have as focus to invest in local upcoming talent, empowering leaders of the future. Our aim is to provide a platform for growth, reflection and artistic expansion for all involved. The project is fully supported and programmed by Zinnema, an arts organisation based in Anderlecht.
Audition & networking workshop:
12th February (morning)
Rehearsals (all day):
from Fri 24th March until Sun 26th March
from Fri 21st April until Fri 28th April
Sat 29th April
How to apply?
Please email TIMISS firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
max 500 words to tell us a little bit more about yourself (background and also your motivation!)
a short 3min dance video where we can clearly see your skills (freestyle / choreography / jam / battle videos accepted)
On Tuesday 24th January, I will be performing my new re-branded solo “Things aren’t always black or white”. While I will be warming up back stage, you will stroll into the theatre at 8pm and watch 3 companies perform their new creations at The Place.
This new solo is a political story told through Dancehall and Hiphop, tackling the problems related to the privatisations of prisons.
I performed the piece in front of a few small audiences during the creative process, here is what they had to say:
I have also had the privilege to work with two mentors, Gbemisola Ikumelo, playwright and theatre director, and Frank Wilson, Hiphop Theatre expert:
Coming to the theatre on Tuesday will also mean you’ll get to make new friends, socialize and have a great night out, they got their tickets… are you ready to book yours?!!!
BOOK TICKETS HERE
Here are a few videos of some dance stories I worked on over the years:
from solo’s to full length productions… from working with professional dancers and students on their journey into the dance theatre world… here are a few extracts of showcases and rehearsals.
I am running dance storytelling workshops for all levels, and I also lead an intensive leadership program for choreographers called 1000 Pieces Puzzle. Please get in touch if you would like to book the program in your city / country / school!!
I am starting the year sweating and rehearsing for my next upcoming solo. Clear your diaries and make sur you are free for…
“Things aren’t always black or white”
TUESDAY 24th JANUARY
at 8pm, The Place
(near Euston tube station)
WHAT INSPIRED “Things aren’t always black or white”?
The story of what and who lead me to create this solo is quite a journey… From NYC to Philadelphia to Brussels, I came across so many signs, people, cold factual information, tears, questions and events that it all had to be translated into a piece.
One of the shocking images that stays in my mind each time I rehearse is… those 50 coffins. Visiting my Krump dance family in Los Angeles in 2016, I saw bout 50 coffins when entering the dance studio…
It was an arts project. Young men who passed away at the hands of police brutality were remembered through colors, collages and graffiti art.
“Things aren’t always black or white” is a Dancehall / Hiphop Theatre piece, a dark poetic dance drama, exploring the themes of police brutality, mass incarceration and the ugly realities of privatized prisons.
My solo performance is part of Resolutions, a triple bill shared with MCDC and Jannick Moth. We are all very eager to bring a raw night of dance theatre to our audiences.
Thank you for your support, looking forward to sharing this piece with you,