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Focus on: Site specific dance practice

From the editor

It’s 2012, the year of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Cultural Olympiad, and the year that the Big Dance goes UK wide. The Foundation for Community Dance, the Greater London Authority and Arts Council England – with Creative Scotland through Get Scotland Dancing, a Scottish Government games legacy policy – is coordinating the largest festival of people dancing the UK has ever seen. It’s about all dance, all dancers and all dancing and an incredible opportunity to shine the spotlight on dance of all kinds anywhere and everywhere. We are keen that dance comes out of the studio, gymnasium and theatre and onto the streets, and have gathered some examples of site-specific work that we hope inspires you to take part in Big Dance.

The programme starts on 18 May with the Big Dance Schools Pledge, followed by the Big Dance Trail, the Big Dance Week from 7 – 15 July, and runs until the 9 September. For more information contact or your local Big Dance Hub.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
We are family
Letting go of filial blame, Donald Hutera finds ‘humanimal’ satisfaction in the Edinburgh Zoo
The focus: site specific dance practice
Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein, reveals the inspiration and making of Crossroads, a site-specific piece in Greenwich
Dancing in the land
Ella Huhne, Artistic Director, Landance and Anna Golding, Community Dance Artist, illustrate the opportunities for dance contained in our landscape
Watching the watchers
Janis Claxton, Artistic Director, Janis Claxton Dance and the dancing human animals at Edinburgh Zoo
Derek Purnell, General Manager, Tilted Productions, outlines some of the issues to be taken into account and the benefits that accrue in undertaking work outdoors
The Great Train Dance
Rosie Kay, Artistic Director, Rosie Kay Dance Company, is inspired by steam railway and makes a dance on and off the rails
Dance and disabled people
Attik 360: A panoramic view
Clair Beckett, Community Dance Specialist, at Attik Dance, describes the development of Attik 360, an integrated group for adults with physical and learning disabilities based in South West England
Dance, health and wellbeing
Dancing with difference… reflections after total hip replacement
By Debbie Lee-Anthony, Senior Lecturer in Choreography & Dance, University of Winchester
Flatfoot Dance Company’s training programme in South Africa
Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn, Choreographer, Researcher, and Senior Dance Lecturer at the University of East London, describes Flatfoot’s work in training dancers
What is the creative case for diversity?
Hassan Mahamdallie, Senior Officer, Diversity, Arts Council England, argues for bringing the debates about the arts and diversity together
Professional development
Collaborating across art form
Lisa Craddock, Professional Development Manager and Project Lead, ArtWorks Navigator asks how you want to see strategic organisations working together