Heaven on Earth? is a European-wide performance project, inspired by French writer and activist Jean Genet. The UK partner is Plymouth University.
Pride in Plymouth are very excited to be a partner in the Heaven on Earth? with Plymouth University, we are assisting with the promotion and facilitation of the UK events here in Plymouth.
The first of a series of events to take place in Plymouth are - Creative and Somatic Movement Workshops for LGBTQ people.
Plymouth University are also working with the Plymouth Out Youth Group and the The Rainbow Experience, there will be two ‘closed’ workshops in December 2013 for these groups.
* Please choose the workshop above that you feel most comfortable attending – this is completely up to you. If you identify as both or neither male or female, you are welcome to attend either session. If you are over 60, you may be interested in joining Rainbow Experience. If you are under 20, you may be interested in joining Out Youth. If you would like to discuss these options, please contact Heaven on Earth? team member, Alan Butler: firstname.lastname@example.org
These 2 hour workshops will introduce a gentle, inclusive and playful approach to working creatively together through movement and gesture. They will draw on techniques from physical theatre, somatic movement practice and dance but you do not need any previous experience to enjoy and participate. We believe that dance exists through the life of the body and can tell us something about who we are and how we feel.
You do not have to commit to any further workshops, but we will be running more in January for those who would like to take the practice a bit further.
All of these workshops will be led by Claire Summers (Artistic Director of Exim Dance) and Ruth Way (a dance artist and film-maker who is also Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at Plymouth University).
They are part of a European-wide project called Heaven on Earth? that focuses on issues of equality, respect for diversity and developing an expressive and empathic voice. The main outcome of this artistic project is the production of a visually stunning dance film inspired by the French artist and activist, Jean Genet.
For those workshop participants who want to continue working with us, there will be opportunities to get involved in selected sscenesnd ensemble work as part of the film shoot on location in Plymouth in March and April 2014.
For further information and to reserve a place on a workshop (please tell us which one), please Contact Us or email: email@example.com or you can contact Heaven on Earth? team member, Alan Butler: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop will be held at Plymouth University and when you reserve, we will tell you where to come.
About Heaven on Earth?
Waterfront areas of Plymouth will soon set the scene for a major new dance film inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, one of the leading French writers of the twentieth century. The film is a commission for the EU-funded project, entitled Heaven on Earth?, taking place in countries across Europe over the next year.
Roberta Mock, as executive producer, is head of the creative team for the dance film, which features Ruth Way as choreographer of the dance sequences and Kayla Parker as the film’s director. Sundog Media will oversee production for the screen, with Stuart Moore responsible for cinematography, assisted by Siobhan Mckeown who will also be its editor.
In the first stage of the project this autumn, the team will be working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups in Plymouth to generate movement and narrative sequences based on LGBT people’s stories and memories of the city. Minority communities and marginalized individuals were of great importance to Jean Genet and the film will use many of the formal stylistic elements of his stage and film work including ritual movement, highly symbolic props and costumes, and evocative settings.
Choreographic rehearsals with principal dancers and performers, and storyboarding and refinement of the storyline for the dance film are taking place over the winter months, with filming and sound design work next spring. After editing and post-production, the 10 minute dance film will receive its gala premiere next June in Athens, Greece.
Plymouth audiences will have the opportunity to attend its UK première on 29 June 2014 at Plymouth Arts Centre, as part of a creative weekend inspired by the writing and ideas of Jean Genet.
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