The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
You are here:> Home > Developing Practice > Animated magazine > Searchable archive > Spring 2010 > Wintry reflection
Animated Edition - Spring 2010
Wintry reflection
In snowy January NCCD ran an advanced retreat course in Wales with Gill Clarke, independent dance artist, as facilitator. Open only to those dance practitioners with over ten years experience, it catered for the dance artist looking for new directions in their work. During the course participants dug beneath issues that were pertinent to their situations, and used the course to air their concerns and blocks about new initiatives and collaborations.

What follows isn't a hard-edged review of that part of the course, but rather offers a window into the essence of the participants' collective experience. It is, writes Gill, 'a "manifesto"- not in the sense of a carefully worded outline of future plans, but instead a container that might conserve something of the spontaneity and passion of individual reflections that emerged during our time together, balancing the serious attention that was given to better understanding our own practices with a lightness that came through the opportunity to share with peers.'

Associated Attachment(s):

Image: National College for Community Dance, Advanced Course held in Wales January 2010. Photo: Nina Atkinson.
Welsh retreat manifesto


No to boxes that confine
No to information without discovery
No to delivering
No to the homogenous, and monochrome and monotone
No to fixity

Yes to 'being with' and 'letting' and 'allowing'
Yes to the magical journey
        to following a line
        and knowing there is a next time

Yes to TIME
        To be
        For me
        (But not tooooooooo much!)

Yes to spaces
        for experiences
and active stillness

Yes to integrating
        and exploring
and ebb and flow

Yes to discovering for yourself
Yes to the individual and to commonality
Yes to confidence, to creativity and collaboration
Yes to suggestion, and imagery and to self-awareness
Yes to adapting
Yes to what lies under the stuff
        And to nourishing ME


Yes to TIME
Yes to discipline and to taking time
        Yes to going out and coming back in
        and re - investigating
        and stripping away

Yes to sharing exploration
Yes to experience
to the unspoken
to immersion
... readiness

Yes to noticing
Yes to garnering
Yes to re-visiting
and to centring
and to trusting movement
        and Hoorah for the 'Ah-has'

Yes to the journey
to passing on the journey
Yes to the person
        and to taking bits
        and to making it new

Yes to traces and to gubbins and to sparks
and to fires that burn
and snow and stew

Yes to ...TIME

The content of this site is proprietary to the Foundation for Community Dance and any access to this site or the use of any content made by any person is expressly subject to these terms:

Unauthorised copying of any material (including artwork) on this site and the reproduction, storage, transmission or the distribution of any content, either in whole or in part and in any medium or format, without the prior written consent of the Foundation for Community Dance and, where appropriate, the author or artist, is not permitted.

Please read our website terms & conditions by clicking here

Animated: Spring 2010