Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Connect & Create Music Choices week 9

beginning to move....

stretch start 30-40 seconds in...

moving faster


with others

fast complex explore....

winding down

relaxing (  well you can see i hit a blank today!- falling back onto self promotion?! apologies)

Sunday, 24 May 2020

videos - Al's poem on youtube and ~Reaching Communities

Outlets for creativity in Shutdown...?

.................................................just edited Al's poem with paintings

Fantasy Flowers by Alan Britt Way Owl

and made a video from Steve's photos recently........https://youtu.be/0nL5KztLruU 
Katherine Giddings
photo Steve Tanner

and now doing some tidying pre-admin work i was distracted and re-listened to a track
and came to this

and then this
made 2 months later!

combining my love of street music and spontaneous dance and by the sea!

Have spent the week watching Amici films screened on you tube to celebrate their 40th anniversary, so good to have them to watch and to reflect on creating work, as Anna then watched the indoor Doorways show we created with Rory at the Acorn 2012!

Many thanks can now be said publicly to our funders, Henry Smith Charity already enable the community groups to run and now we have Reaching Communities to thank for enabling Shallal2, & Shallal Dance Theatre to run and to pay the Studio rent for the next 3 years!
A huge thank you we are so grateful and it has made all the difference to our provision and stability to enter this turbulent and yet restricted time knowing we are supported to deliver our outreach and sustain our work. Our thanks  to Lou and Barbara whose thorough and persistent work behind the scenes enables us to all work on these wonderful projects!

Shallal Dance Theatre is awarded £250,000 Reaching Communities funding
Shallal Dance Theatre is delighted to announce successfully securing £250,000 from the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund to support the charity over the next three years.
Shallal is an ambitious inclusive arts charity in Cornwall founded thirty years ago, which runs on-going community groups across the county, specialist sessions and a dance theatre performance company based in St. Erth.
Filmmaker and Co-Producer of the project Barbara Santi explains, “We believe that Shallal’s work can truly change people’s lives, especially those who are most vulnerable in society. This funding will enable the charity to really grow and thrive while delivering inspiring opportunities for people as well as raising the profile of inclusive arts and dance practice. We are so thankful for Reaching Communities for believing in this pioneering work which for many is a real life line, especially during these difficult challenging times.
Creative director, Shallal Dance Theatre, Jo Willis continues: “We are so grateful to have received this funding from RC's just before COVD-19 as it has enabled us to continue our provision, work creatively and connect with everyone. 
In spite of the current coronavirus pandemic, Shallal has been able to continue supporting group members remotely via a variety of means from online to telephone and post. Shallal’s dance and art groups are still open to new members and welcome new people of all ages and abilities who are finding social isolation challenging and need to feel socially connected and creative.

At a time of social distancing Shallal members are continuing to find as many methods as possible to stay in contact, connect remotely and continue to be creative. Send your images to Phoebe at shallalstudios@gmail.com to add to the new gallery:
More Good News
The Studio was recently awarded Arts Council COVID-19 emergency funding to make weekly art activity vidoes and postal art packs to engage Shallal members during social isolation, ensuring that people without internet access can still take part. The results will be shared online and in paper catalogue form. We will be doing this in partnership with Project Ability in Glasgow who work with artists with support needs, sharing and swapping resources and responses to form a wider creative community.
This will be a valuable new partnership for the studio and a way to contribute to and strengthen our Connect and Create programme across the whole charity.

Shallal Sketchbooks is back with Claire Mayle steering it,
email for a sketchbook and join in shallalprojects@gmail.com.
"We've been supporting the staff on the COVID ward at Treliske Hospital by providing sketchbooks and hope to be interviewing one of the nurses next week to find out how she is getting on .......watch this space."

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Joy & Hope

Joy and Hope
Im sure i've written about these before definitely Hope
But i'm sure most dancers will relate to Joy as well...
despite the pain, toil and struggle that comes with art forms, the joy is never far away in dance
the ebullient, exuberant, enthusiastic state it can create, enhance, tap into...
'when the dancer stops and the dance takes over'...

So at this time when even if we are well and in a good situation we are so painfully aware of those who aren't....
Let's wish them Joy, not syrupy happy sentimental stuff, but real joy that can be alongside sorrow and pain and give you strength to get through and a glimmer of something going through it, not running away from it.

We wish you all to be visited by Joy and strength and vision that we come out of this with a better vision and skills for our future.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Connect & Create Music Choices week 8

Here we are week 8 and unsure how long we go on for......

Courage, patience and use your creativity so we have something good to remember this strange time with!
We are all in such different spaces, all we know is we all are affected...sending much love to you.


Eddies choice
Easing into warm up!

Sunny side of the street
moving around saying hallo!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8EL2yvqQS0 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlAC6fTz1r0

Stretch out/reach out
an old favourite
Rackwick bay by Phamie Gow

Barn Dance Alexander Ryback
fast keep fit!

Maybelles birthday next week so...

Aurora – Running With The Wolves (Pablo Nouvelle Remix)



Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Perpetuum Mobile


dancing between frames: hands, shapes etc

homage to Ruckblick! epic..!
Carl Orff - O Fortuna ~ Carmina Burana


wind down stretch out/reach out

HAUSER - Adagio (Albinoni)


All In The Morning performed by harpist Ruth Wall, arranged by composer Graham Fitkin, location St Levan Church! so local..Ruth watched our first Doorways performance!

PS this week i have returned to non embedded links for Colin, let me know as this isn't so easy for phones apparently so can alternate or return...

Friday afternoon artists meet up with Barry Cooper: theme this week Gardens - multi media, contact Jo for details...

Every evening this week has an Amici film, so loving it! https://amicidance.org/
Please join us in an exploration of Amici’s history, seeing past performances and reflecting on how they have developed over 40 years. Amici’s stunning work has always subverted stereotypes and challenged conventional attitudes towards disability and the arts breaking both barriers and new ground. In a time of uncertainty, the Amici shows are a panacea, as Wolfgang Stange comments “we must not lose sight of hope, without hope we would be very lost indeed”. Amici shows that sharing and celebrating each other’s differences is the only way forward.

There are some great social art initiatives going on as well as Shallal Sketchbooks - email if you'd like one-shallalprojects@gmail.com.

Stay safe & well, keep connected & creative!

Other peoples fantastic and inclusive projects you can join in:

Steve Tanner ....https://seeyouontheotherside.life/

Newlyn Art Gallery
Extraordinary Postcards. ...https://cornwall365.com/events/extraordinary-postcards/

Some StopGap links i found in the week....
if you have time click and explore




outdoor show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knd_hit7x8I

Friday, 15 May 2020

Eddie's Playlist 3

From Eddie

New Shallal playlist
 to Dance to
of  Random songs  

My first song sort of relates to
  my last theme on corona virus  

it is a song related to me
it is
The Fray's How To Save a Life

Here is a song about change because people have had to deal with a lot of 
changes at this moment

this is Changes by Faul Wad Ad Pnau

I want to remember the nice time we all had
when people  used to be able to meet up and see friends

This Memories is by Maroon 5 
but this is a cover
played on a Saxophone by Brendan Ross

Here a song to dance to
if you're not feeling down today

Leona Lewis - Better In Time

I would like people to go to this link and
let me now what music  relates to there mood

Monday, 11 May 2020

Connect & Create Music Choices etc week 7

Connect  & Create Music Playlist and news week 7

Good to meet up on Zoom last week with some of Shallal 2 and Shallal Dance Theatre and here's to more!

Fun to dance across the videos and through the screens inspired by each other.
Each time we add to our understanding, this week the music quality should be better!
do try to tap into a speaker if you have one to enhance the experience.

George is joining us with live music on Friday in Shallal Dance Theatre Zoom!

Films are coming in - thank you!
Lou is looking at editing the dance film - phew - i knew it was out of my depth but was willing to give it a go! so am glad to hand it over, we will still collaborate and discuss it.
and poems from Thomas to share coming soon..

This weeks film with dance ideas etc
password: dance
talks of spirals and straight lines...

Warm up

Moving more, warming up/stretching


start and faster movements

can't resist it....just do a little

crossing the room, travelling, footwork and just keep fit!

Theme, spirals and lines...pauses, travelling  etc....

i'm very indecisive today..if you have energy go for it...spirals and lines, pause again

winding down and focused

Relax to 

Art theme this week is Still Life see our new you tube channel! with a guest video from a friend Ruby Bateman...

next week new video from Lou.

Happy Birthday last week to Toby and Sam,
photos by Steve Tanner

Pep and Justin are exploring...https://www.jamkazam.com/
"Revolutionizing the way musicians connect, play, learn and earn. Across a city or across a nation."

Thanks again to Andrew for help with embedding and to Jerry, our Trustees and all who help behind the scenes. Mary is helping me with research, it's so good to have people with other view points and skills to support what we do.

I am so impressed by the creativity and care throughout Shallal, thank you all.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Connect & Create Music choices, film and more week 6

Connect & Create 

Film for Shallal Dance Theatre
please watch before Friday
password: dance
Information about film making and Zoom!
as well as short session suggestions that others can use
and Darcy Hodgkinson's beautiful track Dancing in the Evening Skies


......Curl and Uncurl as in film session...

Composer Peter Brodrick, suggested by Anna...Stretch out

Something more funky...!.start moving faster

more raw but good cardio..

This weeks Challenge.....

wind down song stretch out to relax
Dance film

A family favourite choreographer/dancer...Kyle Hynagami...
he has fantastic musicality and phrasing

From Andrew at Open House, Penzance
 music choice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k632byd_Vlg#action=share
Thank you to Andrew for telling me how to embed the youtube links..ironically this one wouldn't?!

I've just started putting up some of my limericks here:

Redwing's open online exhibition on the theme of
Freedom? https://www.redwinggallery.co.uk/openexhibition.htm

a free coronavirus-related online course:

George and Dylan:
made something beautiful and shared on

My latest fascination:
Doughnut Economics

here's to thriving and surviving
more indepth

Friday, 1 May 2020

Fabulous Friday...

I might call it Fabulous Friday! such a tonic to speak to half of Shallal Dance Theatre Co - Colin and i share the chats.

Some jewels...

Flowers and trees 
by A Britt Way Owl (Written 24 April 2020)

I dance with flowers, their joy, their beauty
Their colours that bring scent to my senses
Their light that shines in my dreams
Of divine delight
Of trees that sway and dance to a blue light
Of trees that grow of the emerald light
Of fairies that dance with flowers
Feathering that touch my spirit 
Of seeing their love 
That floats like heavenly wings
Glistening in a land of flowers and trees 
And nature spirit in all, in one.

From George...
so beautiful, you can see more on www.instagram.com/shallalarts

"some pictures from the Hayle estuary beach.  ... Dylan and I built stone towers in the  50th anniversary of Earth Day last Wednesday? Ever since, other’s  have been adding to it. Stone Temple Village! I go down most days to tend to what  I’ve built, make something new and photograph. Sometimes I meet the people who have  been inspired to make things. Families, individuals and couples...it’s great!"

comment" Oh thank you so much! My daughter and i saw them the other day and it felt like a touch of magic, and really made our day"

Also from George...
" I love Hofesh’s work. Not sure this ‘fresh off the press’ preview does it justice though..." https://youtu.be/tWUxN0OPBLA

Barbara Santi's suggestion today for more in-depth film project, always such a pleasure to work creatively with her.
Everyone in Shallal Dance Theatre needs a project now - i feel. 
Like everyone we had plans, we are very adaptable but before "The Great Quietening" we were heading into serious rehearsals for Poetic Places whose first shows would have been in May/June.. 
So we are pleased to embark on a new project or two.

Thank you to Phoebe's friend Will Heard for the track Coming Around ( The Nest), to work with soon. 
We are currently working with Darcy's Hodgkinson's evocative Dancing in the Evening Skies.
Really pleased for Shallal to commission Toby for a painting to go with this.

Trying to find ways to work creatively with images of bodies and dance with Zoom! 
Shallal 2 and Shallal Dance Theatre are exploring it soon.

Recently went on a Zoom Culture Declares Emergency conference and was introduced to Donut Economics
I'm a fan and now signed up to the blog!

Connect & Create review and visioning meeting 12 May:
very pleased with how it is going but need to check in with sustainability, lessons learnt and future projections and plans...

7 levels to consider:
Group and groups
Local community

Culture Declares Emergency conversations included Cultural Equality