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Devising Theatre using Personal Stories

-Explore different techniques around devising -making physical material to use in devising. -making narrative material to use in devising. -how to tell stories and then use them as content in devising. -creating work that has meaning for the performers and the audience.

Artist Information

Sam Scott.....Massive Company

Website:

Phone: 0274 773 436 or 09 3788 304

Email: samscott@clear.net.nz

Qualifications

I am a theatre, television and film director of 22 years experience. I am the founder and artistic director of MASSIVE Company based in Auckland. Massive (formerly the Maidment Youth Theatre MYT) specialises in working with young people and emerging artists (aged 15-25 years).I also founded and was artistic director of the Theatresports In Schools programme in Auckland (1990-2000).I still work as a tutor on this programme. I have extensive experience of working in secondary schools as a tutor and director. I have worked throughout Auckland schools and have travelled all over NZ working with students and educators.I teach a range of theatre skills, including devising and working with personal stories, plus approaches to script. I teach acting for television (I directed Shortland Street 1998-2007) and also teach about directing for television (I trained several of the current SS directors). I can teach about single camera and multi-camera shooting.I have a BA in English/History (Akld Univ) and Diploma In Drama (Akld Univ) and I trained with Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts, Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Choreography, Performance Work, Music Mixing

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: National

Times:

2007 - September, October, November, December
2008 - February, March, April, May

Space and Resources Required: DVD player, large space to run around in

Indicative Costs:

  • $60.00 per hour

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: Maori, Pasifika, Asian, European

Qualifications:

Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information

References:

References please Contact: *Miss Morag Carter HOD Drama / Dance Pukekohe High School *Joanne Synge Deputy Principal Hora Hora Primary School *Julie-Anne Richardson Holiday Programme Co-ordinator Southwell School *Jackie Smith English Teacher Sacred Heart girls College Hamilton

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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