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Saturday 28 July: Introduction to teaching Performance-Parkour (2PK)

Led by The Urban Playground Team

Are you a contemporary or urban dance teacher interested in developing skills in an exciting new dance form that you can use as a tool for dance in education or as a means of generating performance material? Would you be interested in becoming part of a developing community of practice?

This one-day course will introduce dance teachers to the values, principles and fundamental movement vocabulary of Performance-Parkour (2PK).

The course will enable participants to:
  • Develop basic technical skills in Parkour
  • Understand the underpinning principles and values that support community 2PK sessions
  • Know how to structure a safe 2PK session for any population
  • Understand how to use 2PK in enabling populations to develop dance performance material.
No prior experience in Parkour is needed, but course applicants must:
  • Already be teaching dance (with any population in any context)
  • Be willing to explore and experiment with movement principles and techniques
  • Bring a sound knowledge of a movement vocabulary from either a contemporary or urban dance style.

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The Urban Playground Team biography
Miranda Henderson trained as a dancer in the UK and at Prague's Duncan Conservatoire where she also performed in 1998. In 2012 Miranda began the DDTAL qualification at Laban, graduating in 2016. She now teaches Dance for Actors on the CDT course at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As a freelancer Miranda often performed for Annie Castledine. She has choreographed for Inspector Sands and collaborates with Lucinka Eisler.

Alister O'Loughlin trained as an actor in the UK before joining a Serbian Laboratory Theatre company with whom he performed from '97 - '99. He is now training as a DDTAL assessor. As a freelancer Alister has performed in the Berkoff ensemble (Tiresias in Oedipus), and has written for several publications including The Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training Journal. He has just finished dramatising Hazlitt's The Fight for performance later in 2018.

In 1999 they returned to the UK and with co-founded Prodigal Theatre, an award winning touring company that creates defiantly theatrical stagings of work which is epic within a small frame. From 2002 - 2010 Prodigal re-opened and ran the Nightingale Theatre, contributing as mentors to the development of over 100 new pieces of theatre and dance. Spending most of their lives in a black-box theatre, in 2003 Prodigal began training Parkour as the means of getting outside.

This lead to a first performance project in 2005/6. Its outcomes included the first touring set designed anywhere for the purpose of creating parkour performances and the creation of a new ensemble; The Urban Playground Team. In 2006, joined by one of Parkour's co-creators, the UPGTeam began international touring. Over the last 10 years they have performed on five continents for clients including the National Theatre and British Council. They will next be seen in Trondheim's Multiplié Festival creating a site-specific performance with young migrants. The UPGTeam have relocated to Cornwall from where they continue to tour and teach, promoting 2PK as a tool for engagement and specialising in work with at-risk communities of young people. 

Please see below to download the Introduction to teaching Performance-Parkour (2PK) timetable: