Lithuania’s Aura Rewrite the Rules at Transgressions 2019

By Michelle Dee Ar galiu su jumis pašokti? Contemporary Dance returned to the Live Art Space in spectacular fashion with the arrival of Aura Dance Theatre to Ferens Art Gallery this weekend. Saturday evening at Transgressions 2019 saw the first ever visit to the UK by Lithuania’s leading dance company Aura led by Birutė Letukaitė. ‘I Wish to be the blossom of a Fern’ Aura Dance Theatre at Transgressions 2019 Audiences were treated to a sensational full-length dance work I Wish To Be The Blossom of a Fern. And what a performance, with bold, imaginative choreography, beauty and exuberance. It

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Ceyda Tanc at Transgressions 2019

By Michelle Dee Kaya was tribal, ritualistic. I thought it was Egypt, Pharaohs with fantastic balance of emotion and strength and power, the strength being in performance and the ability of the dancers who although each individuals, worked seamlessly as one-Helen Powell, dancer It will please choreographer Ceyda Tanc that Helen mentions ‘Pharaohs’ when responding to the dance work Kaya. Ceyda (pronounced Jayda) actively takes traditional Turkish male choreography for her company to embody and presents it within a contemporary score. I was very taken by the storytelling, astonished by the ability to create an atmosphere of intrigue and mysticism

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Smudge Launches Transgressions 2019

by Michelle Dee Dancing, breathing, learning some of the best things in life… Inside a pop-up studio on Humber Street the pro-company are applying the polish to their section of Smudge, throwing themselves to the floor, and high kicks to the heavens. The community cast wait and watch for their cue as the music and the movement builds to an angelic climax. Over six days a group of professional dancers from Hull and a community cast – including myself – made up of regulars from the weekly adult contemporary class at State of the Arts, Gary Clarke’s Into the Light,

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Transgressions 2019-The Lithuanian Connection

By Michelle Dee Transgressions 2019 was a dance festival that explored questions about dual – cultural heritage, how do groups and people new to a country use dance to find their identity as individuals and artists? It is no accident that Lithuanian companies and performers feature so heavily throughout the three day programme, the first being Okarukas Dance Theatre and the site-specific work ‘Birds’. Apocalyptic scenes in a car park in Hull as something disturbing and utterly compelling  emerges from the side door of a family hatchback. This is Birds and it is unlike any dance performance I have ever

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Uba – What Has Happened Since November 2018

And it’s that time again; to reflect upon my journey since my last blog submission. I’ve been busy to say the least. A little while back I held a somatic based workshop that explored the choreographic process and principles of my prize work ‘Oba’ (phase 2), with local professional dancers. I received some great, positive feedback, which approved its success; making me feel much more confident about what I had to offer to myself, to hull, and to others as an artist. It left me content and inspired to do more. To make, and continue my journey of the sentient

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Uba – An Introduction

Hello, Hello! Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Carla Morrill, a Hull based dance artist/choreographer and participant of the Hull Dance Prize 2018. My dance journey began at 16 when I studied BTEC Dance at Hull College. It was here where I progressed through higher education achieving a first class honours degree in dance and PGCE in post 16 teaching. Since then, I have and continue to work as a freelancer, working on a number of professional and local projects with Hull Dance, East Riding Youth Dance and professional company Rosie Kay Dance; all whilst studying a Masters in

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