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.
Sir Ledgen, all the way from New York, will be teaching a collabo class with Cindy Claes on:
Tue 24th March, 6pm-7.30pm at Studio68 (London / UK) (£8)
*** we will be in the big studio downstairs!!***
***pay at the door***
Cindy Claes Productions values international exchanges and believes there is a lot of power behind these artistic encounters. We are very excited to be working with Sir Ledgen and can’t wait to share a lot of energy with all students!!
Here is what is awaiting for you: pure groove, flow and vybz!
(**The Dancehall LAB will exceptionnaly be held on a Tuesday instead of Thursdayz.)
AND HERE IS A REMINDER OF WHAT’S HAPPENING THE REST OF THE WEEK, special FEMALE STEPS ONLY FOR THE LADIES!!!
March is about to kick off with a series of super exciting Dancehall classes!
INTERNATIONAL GUEST TEACHER:
Sir Ledgen, all the way from New York, will be teaching a collabo class with Cindy on Tue 24th March 6-7.30pm at Studio68!! (£8 only)
We have a collabo class coming up almost each week for our Thursday Dancehall LABs. Explore new dance forms, come and have fun, learn new techniques and how to fuse them with Dancehall. The collabo classes are an opportunity for different dance communities to come together.
FEMALE STEPS ONLY
Cause the ladies have been waiting and requested it! Female Steps Only is back to celebrate the huge contribution of Women in the Dancehall!
I will be performing my Hip hop Theatre & Dancehall Theatre solo piece “Time is Ticking, Phone is Ringing” this SAT 15th NOV. Buy your tickets asap (call: 020 7622 9208) , come and enjoy a night of solo madness at the Lost Theatre in London! An amazing line up of artists is awaiting you!!
SAT 15th NOV
BreakOut The Solos
at the Lost Theatre
“Time is ticking, Phone is ringing”, my latest solo piece. The story of someone in search for love & romance while following a drive, a passion and perhaps a need for success. What to choose? Which relationships are toxic? How to see and understand when a relationship is unhealthy? Are we having our priorities right, how can we justify choosing success over people? Shall we go for the dream or shall we go for love?
A solo piece that raises many questions through Dancehall Hiphop and a bit of Krump.
“MEDITATION FOR DANCING SOULS” – to support dancers and dance lovers to connect body & mind.
No previous experience required, just turn up and… breathe…
Integrating meditation into your daily practice not only helps us focus, it also brings us clarity when we feel confused, it helps reduce stress and it supports us in our relationships and daily life challenges. It also helps us avoid injuries while developing mindfulness.
Meditation is an empowering practice for dancing souls and dancing bodies!
The sessions include exercises, instructions and meditation. Many shared with me they wanted to meditate but didn’t know how to start. Others told me they would feel supported and do it more regularly if they could join a group session. Well… here it is!
every THURS (***starting 26th June***) 12.30-1.15pm £4
Here is a short extract of a “special one-off old school” dancehall class I have been teaching. My students are hungry for knowledge and understanding about the culture as a whole. During my recent trip to Jamaica, I took private classes with John Bling (the creator of Tek Weh Yahself, probably the most renown step that took over the world!). He was such an inspirational teacher, actually… my conversations with him changed my artistic life! I wanted to share with my students my years of research and also, what I had recently been taught by John Bling.
“School” was a collaboration between Schoy and myself which we created during my last trip to Jamaica. I organized a series of Dancehall Theatre workshops with the support of DanceJa in March 2014. The result of this artistic process and exchange was performed at “Talent Pree: Dancehall Theatre Takeover”.
“School” is still a work in progress, and I hope we will soon have the opportunity to develop the piece.
Schoy teaches every week at DanceJa amongst a line up of amazing teachers. Check them out if you are in Kingston!
Here is a little extract of what we did in class this week! We focussed on Female Dancehall Vocabulary and celebrated the important contribution of Female Dancerz to the Dancehall. Classes were PACKED!!!
Next week we will focus on old school moves, spread the word!