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#FundFreelanceDance London Launch 2020 - 27/09/20 Report
#FundFreelanceDance successfully launched its first ever engagement on 27/09/20.
The event took place at the supporting venue, The Lanterns Studio Theatre, following up to date COVID-19 safety guidelines, with masks provided by the #FundFreelanceDance initiative using funds from the “Costume, Lighting & Design” budget.
#FundFreelanceDance engaged 12 freelance artists across the fields of Classical & Contemporary Dance, Teaching, Musician & Composer, Choreography, Photography and Mobile Filmmaking (supported by Moondog Labs).*
Class - given to the Dance Artists by team member Nina Thilas-Mohs in collaboration with Matthew Gregory on Piano. Jamiel Laurence acted as Filmmaker collecting a wide range of stylised documentary footage. 2 simultaneous livestreams took place at 11am - 11.30am via the Instagram account @fundfreelancedance & @jamiellaurence exploring the use of an ‘action cam’ alongside a static cam.
Creative Session 1 - led by Choreographer Jamiel Laurence in collaboration with Photographer Viktor Erik Emanuel. All 7 attending Dance Artists took part in a session using a choreographic framework of “rules & restriction” to generate material in response to the music of Glasgow based composer Sonia Killmann. Viktor and Jamiel explored the use of slower shutter speeds, with Viktor offered the opportunity to work with a dancer one to one, and able to request for choreographic ideas to be adapted to account for optimal photographic opportunities. 2 simultaneous livestreams took place at 1pm - 1.30pm via the Instagram account @fundfreelancedance & @jamiellaurence
Creative Session 2 - led by Choreographer Anna Watkins in collaboration with Composer/Musician Guy Salim on Drum Kit. Anna led the other 6 Dance Artists taking part in a session around themes of “anxiety,” and having a direct physical response to the percussive beats that Guy and Anna were experimenting with. Jamiel Laurence acted as Filmmaker collecting a wide range of stylised documentary footage. 2 simultaneous livestreams took place at 3.15pm - 4.45pm via the Instagram account @fundfreelancedance & @jamiellaurence
Creative Session 3 - led by Choreographer Jamiel Laurence and in collaboration with all 7 Dance artists, the creation of a work for dance on camera was developed based on themes and idea from the classic Vera Lynn song, “We’ll Meet Again” composed by Ross Parker & Hughie Charles.
Everyone at the #FundFreelanceDance initiative would like to thank our donors and supporters for making all of this collective creativity possible and we look forward to sharing images, videos and other materials documenting our launch day with you all soon.
*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions placed on Leeds, #FundFreelanceDance team member Michael Marquez was unable to attend our opening sessions. We are assessing the developing situation and hopeful we can engage Michael on one of the future dates of our launch in London.