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Focus on: ages, places, spaces

Editor's critical faculties

This is my third crack at being guest editor of Animated, and the experience has once again been a daunting pleasure. Why daunting? Because there are so many stories to tell from within the ever-spinning world of community dance, and a dizzying number of angles to take on it. I can't think of another area of the industry as diverse in its outlook and as ripe with possibilities as this one is. It's this multiplicity of interests and viewpoints that the magazine's production team and I have tried to highlight in the choices we've made about what to include in the current issue.

We may not have quite tapped into the range of particularities encompassed in Shakespeare's 'seven ages of man' speech from As You Like It, but at the very least we've made room for what independent dance artist Wendy Houstoun refers to as the 'small, middle and big people' in her writing on Dancing in Time. The latter, as you'll discover in these pages, was the title of the intergenerational performance that Wendy cooked up at the behest of Yorkshire Dance this past summer. She has some lovely, fresh and honest observations to make about the rewards... Read more

In this issue
Editor's critical faculties
Guest editor and self-styled honorary Welshman Donald Hutera guides you through this issue of Animated
The focus: ages, places, spaces
Dancing the unfamiliar
Independent artist Doran George engages in blissfully 'crap' movement dialogues with families at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Greetings from Berlin!
Jo Parkes of MobileDance describes a unique dance film project that brought a youthful slant to a great city
The fame game
Fiona Ross describes what happens when the Company of Elders, a modest (and lovely) dance company receives national media exposure
Dancing in Time: two perspectives
Patrick Kelly and Wendy Houstoun leap outside their comfort zones during the making of an intergenerational commission
Dance and disabled people
Mark of excellence
Roger Farrell on how Anjali carries its commitment to the creativity of people with learning disabilities to the next level
A light switched on
Inspired by a startling duet, Janice Parker reflects on the dance and disability movement in Scotland
London 2012
Flying the flag for Wales
Dance plays a significant role in the Cultural Olympiad in Wales, says Gwyn L Williams, Creative Programmer for London 2012 in Wales
Professional development
Expanding the territory
Beverley Glean, Rosie Lehan and Judith Palmer of IRIE! dance theatre hit the APD training trail
Need to know
Pauline Gladstone examines the wants and needs of artists that work with challenging groups, and are hungry for knowledge and guidance
Group solo
Robin Dingemans explains the creation process of Not What I Had in Mind, a probing and playful community dance piece - minus the community!