Turnstyle 2021 dance showcase will be a little different


This year’s Turnstyle showcase will be a little different explains Danielle Tubb, Assistant Producer and Performing Arts Tutor at The Garage.

“Last year, Turnstyle couldn’t take place at all due to the pandemic. So, I was determined to ensure our companies had the opportunity to perform at the end of this academic year.

“I wanted to produce something that would create excitement for our choreographers and dancers during the process. Allow them to experience a new way of working for film and be able to watch their work back – something they do not normally have the chance to do when performing on a stage to an audience.”

The Garage’s performance companies have been working over the past year both on Zoom and in our studios to create a Dance for Film piece. Each company has explored this brief in a variety of ways.

There are works that were filmed in our theatre, as well as site-specific locations such as Whitlingham, How Hill Nature Reserve, Chapelfield Gardens and Winterton beach.

The overall film will include our FleX, Pulse, Connect, D4Dance and Breakin’ Crew companies. They were joined by special guests Dance4Wellbeing who performed a piece for this year’s Global Water Dances event.

Global Water Dances is a Laban-based organisation that uses dance as a means of promoting local and global water issues.

This year was its sixth event and its tenth year working and dancing together for safe water. More than 180 sites worldwide took part.

There were four sections. The Ritual featured an opening, specific to each site. The Local Dance was open to the choreographer’s creativity. You can use locally based music and a local water issue as a theme.

The Global Water Dances event featured simultaneous choreography performed by participants worldwide to the same piece of music, connecting them and audiences globally. The Participatory Dance featured audience participation in a very simple movement sequence.

Some sites were taught the moves during the event. Others learnt it prior to the performance.

Sophia Kelly, Youth Arts Worker and Tutor at The Garage, and the Dance4Wellbeing group choreographed the first, which was all about circle dancing, improvisation and the flow of water; and the second which was created from and exploration of the word ripples and the movement that created in their bodies.

Some of the musicians also joined in for the end ritual, the Participatory Dance.

She said: “This was a first for us. This group have never danced for a filmed performance, so it was very exciting. Water is such an integral part of human life, so it felt like a really important topic to be talking about. It was amazing.

“We had the most beautiful weather and location at Whitlingham Broad. We all felt really connected and at one with nature and the water. A few participants even noticed a seal that popped by in the water to say hello.”

Danielle added: “The Dance4Wellbeing performance was beautiful, so I am really glad this can be shared as part of our Turnstyle film, which was all shot by Paul Thompson.”

Participants and members of the public will be able to buy a link to watch Turnstyle online, similar to The Garage and All-In Productions’ My First Panto: Goldilocks and The Three Bears during lockdown. More details on how to buy Turnstyle tickets will follow soon.

Danielle said: “This has been a really different way for our company choreographers and participants to work, but the outcome should be really exciting and creative.

“Moving forward, we hope the product created can also be used to promote our performance companies for September 2021 and beyond.”

Performance companies are for those with experience in their chosen artform who are ready to commit to a year of developing their skills through creating performance work for events.

Selection is by audition and company members must commit to the full academic year. Auditions for the performance companies and our theatre company begin the week commencing 6 September. They are free to book. You won’t need to prepare anything as these will take place in a workshop format.

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