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Why I want to study at Jacques Lecoq

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.

DONATE – CLICK HERE

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.

 

DONATE – CLICK HERE

 

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Thank you for your support!

DONATE – CLICK HERE

 

 

Development Grant

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.

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My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.

20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:

Link:

bit.ly/crowdfundingforcindy

To anyone who ever found excuses not to live their wildest dreams

To anyone who ever found excuses not to live their wildest dreams:

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I thought I was pretty good at catching myself when making excuses until…

Until I hit a wall.
The wall of unhappiness.
I felt unfulfilled, stuck.

I was “busy”.
I had 2 business coaches, tried a whole bunch of new things.

I was still MISERABLE.

Why?
My creative self wasn’t expressing itself to its highest potential.
Professionally, I was stagnating*
(*more in another post)

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But there was one place where I still felt home, at peace, alive, and creative: Jacques Lecoq.

Yet, I gave myself 5001 excuses NOT to study at Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Moving there for 1-2 years?!?!

I talked myself out of this dream for a LONG TIME.

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My EXCUSES were:

“I am too old.”
“It’s too expensive I can’t afford it.”
“I can’t put my career on hold now. Stop the non sense.”
“Tell theaters you’ll be gone for 1-2 years… and all the hard work you done so far will go to the bin.”
“Everybody will forget about your existence if you leave.”
“Leave the dance scene for a year and you’ll be back to square one. Forget it.”
“Euh… what you gonna do in Paris?”
“People will laugh at you. They ain’t gonna understand the concept of professional development. They gonna think you were an imposture for all those years.”
“It’s too late.”
“You wanna become a better theatre director, choreographer and blahablahblah… who the F&^$$K cares?”

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I CARE!

I wanna grow. I wanna fullfill my highest potential as an artist. I wanna stop playing mediocre and raise my game.

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I had to remember that it is MY LIFE, and I CARE.

And that’s not a bad start if you wanna be happy. 

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Inner voice: “So… what you gonna do about it Cindy?”

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I got tired of my own inner talk.

I hated the wall of unhappiness I had hit.

I spoke to a 55 years old woman living her theatre dream and felt soooo silly. My excuses crumbled.

I applied – extremely last minute.

Got onto the waiting list.

(Just getting on the waiting list was high in emotions, I cried. It was as if my soul said “YES GIRL! IT WAS ABOUT TIME!”)

Three days later, I got an email saying I go a place to start in October.

The next day I created a crowdfunding campaign for my tuition fee.

Now I am planning the move, following the path to happiness.

I trust that all the resources I need are already on its way to me. Blessings come as a full package. 

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So, too anyone who ever found excuses NOT to live their big dream… look the wall in the eye, and say “you are about to crumble down my friend” 😉

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I am currently fundraising.

To support and make a donation towards my tuition fee to study at Jacques Lecoq:

 

 

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Dancehall classes in April, an amazing line up!!

You want to learn more about Dancehall culture, it’s history and steps?

The month of April is giving dancehall enthusiasts an opportunity to train and develop their skills with a variety of teachers!

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Classes are on every:

TUE 6-7.30pm at Studio68 (Southwark tube)

WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (Stratford tube)

THURS 7.30-9pm at iAstudios (Oval tube)

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In April, Cindy will be teaching two special Back To Old school sessions.  We also have special guest teachers such as Judith Palmer, Shelaine and international guest Vendela Blackout from Sweden / NYC.

 

Each class will be an incredible opportunity for students to understand Dancehall at a deeper level, experience a variety of teaching methods and expand their knowledge of dances of the african diaspora.

 

All dancehall classes are drop-ins and welcome all levels!

 

Vendela goes to Jamaica on a regular basis to train, perform and shoot music videos.  Her experience of the Dancehall scene is pure, authentic and full of passion for the culture. We are excited to have her at Badda Beats Thursdayz!

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Shelaine is a Queen and she “bruk out”!!!!!! When she see Shelain in action inna di Dancehall, you just step aside!  Be ready for rather crazy a Female Steps Only collabo class!!!

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Judith is from Jamaican heritage, and has studied African & Caribbean dance forms in depth for almost 3 decades!!! She is an encyclopedia of knowledge and a library of know-how, her dance skills will leave you speechless!!  So you think you can whine…..? Come to class!!!

 

Judith Palmer special guest April 2015

 

 

Dance like nobody is watching!

After an incredible collabo workshop with Sir Ledgen at Studio68 last night, we are going ahead with some “Female Steps Only” classes for the rest of the week.

Ladies, come and whine it, drop it, shake it, like nobody is watching! The female dancehall vocabulary is rich, powerful, cheeky, sexy, strong and creative. Come and learn more about technique, culture, all in an environment where self-expression, freedom and individuality is valued!

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DANCEHALL – “FEMALE STEPS ONLY” 

WED 25th MARCH 8.30-10pm 
at Maryland Studioz (Stratford tube)
£5

THURS 26th MARCH 7.30-9pm 
at iAstudios (Oval tube)
£8 / £7**

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Wanna see videos from some previous Female Steps Only Classes?

 

 

Class Schedule for March 2015!

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)

 

COLLABO CLASSES

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!

 

Shedule for March is below:

March schedule

 

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Female Steps Only – 1st week of Dec 2014

 

Ladies, this week is our time to big up ourselves!!!

On Tue 2nd and Wed 3rd Dec, we will focus on “female steps only” during class.

The contribution of Female Dancehall dancerz to the Dancehall scene is huge.  The steps are technical, challenging, intricate and… FUN!! Come and big up your sexy self in class!!  Express yourself, shake it, whine it, drop it, like there is no tomorrow!

 

TUE 6.30-7pm at Studio68 (£7)

WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (£5)

 

Learn Dancehall steps such as the “one drop”, “big and nasty”, “wheezy whine”, and more! Here are a few videos from previous “Female Steps Only” classes:

 

 

 

 

Solo Hip hop and Dancehall Theatre performance on SAT 15th NOV

Exciting news!!!

 

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

7pm

BreakOut The Solos

at the Lost Theatre

£10

 

 

“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.

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Women in the Dancehall – Interview series at DanceJa – episode 2

During my last trip to Jamaica I had the opportunity to host the new DanceJa talk show. I interviewed Jamaican Dancehall dancers, asking questions about their artistic journeys and about their dreams for the future. These interviews gave me the exclusive opportunity to research and understand Dancehall Culture more in-depth.

As a European Female Dancehall-passionate, I often wonder about women in the Dancehall. While Jamaican male and female dancers couple up, and while females in Kingston perform their latest head tops and tricks under the spotlight, there is me… looking at the scene in awe, observing relationships in dance and looking at these whining swerving bodies.

Kimiko is a female dancer, brought up in Dancehall Culture. She is a hardworking lady, and a charismatic performer. She told me: “Guys always want to come and dance with us, it’s cool, but also… give us some space! There are times I just wanna bruk out and enjoy. Many girls stopped dancing because of that.”.

That’s exactly the way I feel… I just wanna bruk out too! Shake it, whine it and one drop it when it’s our time, without the pressure of having a male dancer interrupting me. Even though we can choose to dance, or not, with a partner afterwards.

What does it mean to be a women in the Dancehall, a male dominated scene? What does it mean to aim for the spotlight when male dancers are now getting so much attention?

Kimiko believes that female dancers are extremelly talented and that they shall claim their space again in the Dance Hall.

I hope our conversation will inspire you as much as it inspired me!

Cindy