The Happiness Project is Didy Veldman's first project with her new company Umanoove. It returns to touring in 2017.
The dancers are Estela Merlos, Dane Hurst, Hannah Kidd and Mathieu Geffré.
Everyone who can get a ticket should go and see The Happiness Project by Didy Veldman when it tours in 2017.
I realise that this is a bold claim, but I truly believe that The Happiness Project is a life-enhancing experience for those that love dance, music theatre or any type of art. With four superb dancers, who were very inspiring for me as a student, and engaging live music from the composer and violinist Alexander Balanescu, the production offered an evening of beautiful dance combined with subtle and insightful offerings around the theme of happiness and why we chase it.
I recently went to see a performance of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. I had no idea what to expect, but I was absolutely blown away by the quality of dance that I saw there.
As many of you will know, I am currently part of the Centre for Advanced Training scheme at Trinity Laban (you can read about my experience as part of CAT here.) This term at CAT we had the opportunity to choreograph a piece as part of a competition called Choreomission. Although I had always enjoyed the creative side of contemporary dance, like improvising and creative tasks in class, I had never created a whole piece before.
I was excited but also quite nervous before the first rehearsal. We had chosen our group members by doing workshops with small groups of students on the first day of term. This meant that although I had chosen my dancers, I had no idea what they would be like to work with as we were almost complete strangers!
At first I found it difficult to express exactly what I wanted when setting my dancers tasks to generate material. I could see it in my head, but when it came to putting it into words it was a different story... However, a few rehearsals later we had various sections of movement that started to almost become a piece! This happened as I 'found my feet' as a choreographer and we bonded together as a group.
There were definitely some things I would do differently were I to do it again though. Some tasks were pretty hilarious, like trying to make one of them dance blindfolded with the other dancers surrounding them. Maybe not my best plan.
We also had a very interesting time with the tape that I was using onstage, which was absolutely always on one of two settings:
1) Not sticky enough and so coming off the floor
2) Too sticky and so stuck to my dancers' feet :)
But all of these mishaps aside, I had an amazing time growing as a person and a dancer by making my ideas come to life. I met a load of new people on CAT scheme (sometimes I still feel like a newbie) and it definitely helped me grow in confidence.
My piece got through to the final 6, but wasn't selected for the show, which means that this journey has come to an end. I now have more experience and lots of memories to take away with me and I'm definitely going to do Choreomission again.
Think creative thoughts!
Had great fun today shooting with my amazing friend Sam. We got some great photos and seriously shocked some passers by!
In other news, I am starting a course tomorrow in aerial skills such as trapeze and harness skills called Elevate. Very excited! More updates and pictures will definitely follow.
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