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Cylch Sir ("Shire Circle") is an artist-led project that will investigate how performing arts professionals and non-professionals are feeling, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected you, professionally and personally, what your needs are and how we can collectively address those needs. Cylch Sir proposes to create a new network in Carmarthenshire and beyond for professionals and non-professionals of all ages, providing a centralised hub of information and support for those involved in the performing arts.
The project consists of 4 sessions (19th June last session for this series), to discuss resources, creative work, share skills and personal experiences from this year’s pandemic. The sessions will include a practice-based element, “artistic speed dating” and a mapping exercise to reflect artists locations. The discussions will be held using an Open Forum structure with creative exercises to introduce people, facilitate conversation and gather information.
If you’re a dancer, actor, physical performer, Morris dancer, community practitioner, live artist, circus performer or just want to see what’s it all about, join us to celebrate the project and plan for Cylch Sir's future. Please book your free ticket here.
Cylch Sir / Shire Circle 4th session
Saturday 19th June 3pm - 4pm & 4pm - 5.15pm
Wander - with Simon Whitehead
In this workshop we will begin by orienting to the vagus nerve. The longest pair of nerves in the human body the vagus is both a sensory and motor nerve and it is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system and responsible for calming organs after the stressed 'fight-or-flight' adrenaline response to danger. Vagus is Latin for ‘wandering’ and these nerve fibers rove through the body connecting brain with the digestive tract, spine and organs, including fibers that relate to speech, eye contact and tune us to our environment.
Following a visualisation of our own vagus and taking this into movement we will then prepare to take a drift (a wander) outdoors, responding to what we find there. A drift is a way to move, carried by outside forces. Indeterminate, the focus of a drift is to allow yourself to be guided by the elements that you encounter in your environment as you move through it.
We will then return to share our experiences with each other.
Simon Whitehead - movement artist
Simon’s work responds to circumstance through movement and performance which may or may not manifest as solo action or social choreography, often working with the public, animals and materials.
Over the last 23 years he has situated much of his practice in the valley close to his home in rural west Wales. Through walking here he collaborates physically in a world of materials and events- building an archive of itinerant performance, often fleeting, ephemeral and playful. He hosts Locator, an ongoing experimental workshop researching ecological ideas through movement practice, situated in an ancient sessile oak woodland in Pembrokeshire. Simon is a member of Maynard, an interdisciplinary artist collective that collaborate on a programme of engaged dance activity in the village of Abercych west Wales, working through on-going residencies, curating the village dance, workshops, collaborating through local and international partnerships.
Simon is a Craniosacral therapist and as part of an AHRC-funded PhD(PaR), based at the University of Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Graduate School, he is exploring what posthuman ecology means in relation to an expanded choreography of touch. The project soft matter is part of this research, and its current iteration Re-pair looks to re-think what the notion of repair might mean for dance artists working in a pandemic.
4 - 5.15pm - Discussion
facilitated by Tiago Gambogi & Maggi Swallow
About Tiago & Maggi:
Tiago Gambogi (UK / Brazil) is an award-winning Brazilian / British performer, dancer, actor, choreographer and director who has been working in contemporary dance, theatre, site-specific environmental performance, clowning, artivism and pole dance internationally for more than 20 years . Co-directs the dance-theatre group f.a.b. - Detonators and worked with several artists, including Nigel Charnock, Earthfall, Ben Duke, Angela de Castro, Grupo Oficcina Multimédia and The Institute for Crazy Dancing. He created 25 works, 11 films, directed 10 shows, performed in 15 countries and is a well sought after workshop facilitator.
Maggi Swallow (UK) is co-artistic director of dance theatre company f.a.b. – The Detonators and resident choreographer and artistic director of They Don’t Care, the in-house dance troupe for art house cabaret Screaming Alley. Graduating from art school in the 1980s she has been performing and devising for over 20 years – in the UK, San Francisco, Brasil, France and Czech Republic. She blends an eclectic mix of dance, theatre, text and song – with influences as broad as silent film, vaudeville, 1960s folk music, Czech animation, Russian dance and Chinese metal to produce vital and raucous work, with an occasional dash of the comic. She is currently developing a contemporary version of Morris Dance; mixing the traditional form with contemporary dance, poetry and text to augment the form and create contemporary rituals.
Networking, Health, Fitness, Empowerment, Creativity, Artistic lab
Type of Format: Workshop
Language: English with simultaneous translation into Welsh for the discussion.
Duration of Session: 135 minutes
Technical Platform: Zoom Pro
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Funded by Arts Council of Wales (Sharing Together fund)
Supported by Intercultural Roots