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Kindling 2020 Program
Kindling 2020: TWIST & FLIP
Thursday, January 23

3:45–5:15pm

TWIST… (Dance)


Presentation by Rennie Harris (USA) followed by Introduction of the Young Dance Network

Claire Summerfield (England), Layla Rana (Chile)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Concerto
3:45–5:15pm

And FLIP!... (Circus)

Exploring the Artistry and Impact of Circus Arts
Ruth Wikler (USA/Canada), Adam Woolley (USA), Monique Martin (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Orchestra

3:45–5:15pm

ACCELERANT Selection

Kindling Breakout Session

Creating Dance Theatre for All Young Audiences
Natasha Gilmore, Anita Clark, Leigh Robieson-Cleaver, Jen Paterson, Rhona Matheson, Paul Fitzpatrick (Scotland)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Maestro
3:45–5:15pm

Kindling Breakout Session

Making Spaces- Right Here, Right Now
Aideen Howard (Ireland)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Ormandy Ballroom West


TWIST... (Dance) Presentation by Rennie Harris
Rennie Harris is a renowned US, Philadelphia-based dancer, choreographer, artistic director and professor of hip-hop dance. Harris formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company, Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992. Rennie joins IPAY to share his perspective on the importance and necessity of creating and presenting relevant and innovative dance and the impact that dance has on young audiences.

Followed by... Introduction of the Young Dance Network
The Young Dance Network (YDN) was officially launched at the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Norway in September 2019. Claire Summerfield, part of the organizing committee of YDN, with Layla Rana from Chile, join us to give an overview of goals of the network, to provide information on how people can intersect or connect, and why this global network is vitally important for this genre.

And FLIP!... (Circus) Exploring the Artistry and Impact of Circus Arts
Look at circus with a fresh perspective as our guests provide an overview on all things circus! Including an overview on circus vocabulary (learn how to identify circus apparatus and acts); exploration on how circus tells a story; the social impact opportunities in presenting circus; tips for your marketing department on how to sell and promote circus; a look at funding opportunities; circus networks; and the secret locations to go to find really great circus for young audiences.

Creating Dance Theatre for All Young Audiences
This panel discussion will give insight into the practice and process of some of Scotland’s leading artists and companies making and touring contemporary dance-theatre for young audiences. Together they will consider how we give young audiences’ agency from process to performance? How might this concept apply across a broad spectrum of young people from early years through to teenagers, and include those with disabilities and neuro-diversity? What is the impact of this approach on the relevance and resonance of the work created? The panel will include Natasha Gilmore (Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet), Leigh Robieson-Cleaver (Producer, Curious Seed) Jen Paterson (Artistic Director, All or Nothing Aerial Dance), Rhona Matheson, (Chief Executive, Starcatchers) and Paul Burns (Head of Dance, Creative Scotland.)  The panel will be chaired by Anita Clark, director of The Work Room, Scotland’s artist-led, membership organisation for dance.

Making Spaces- Right Here, Right Now
Join Director of The Ark, Aideen Howard, in a presentation of some of their youth-centered work and programming, including Right Here, Right Now! Festival of Children, undertaken by this world-class venue dedicated to art for young audiences. The Ark was founded on the principle that children, as citizens, have the same cultural rights as adults. We work with key players in the lives of children; seeking to influence and share our specialist knowledge with teachers, parents, artists, community workers, cultural organisations and policy makers. This is our way of helping to ensure that all children in Ireland have access to high quality cultural experiences.



Friday, January 24

4:30-6:00pm

ACCELERANT Selection

Kindling Breakout Session

Developing Dance Through Community Workshops – Choreographic Lab Workshop
Jannet Galdamez (USA), Jasmine Stanley (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Ormandy Ballroom West

4:30-6:00pm

ACCELERANT Selection

Kindling Breakout Session

Case Studies in Audience Development: Circus in the UK
Ruth Wikler (USA/Canada), Vicki Amedume (England), Rachel Clare (England)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Assembly C

4:30-6:00pm

ACCELERANT Selection

Kindling Breakout Session

Empowering Young Audiences Through Circus, Street Arts and Spectacle – Case Study
Chantal McCormick (Ireland)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel –Concerto
4:30-6:00pm

Kindling Breakout Session

Circus and Dance For Babies and Toddlers
Amanda Pintore (USA), Rhona Matheson (Scotland), Sandy Bessette (Canada), Gintarė Masteikaitė (Lithuania), Christel Gouweleeuw (Netherlands)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Maestro

4:30-6:00pm

ACCELERANT Selection

Kindling Breakout Session

Creating Dance Theatre For All Young Audiences – Participatory
Natasha Gilmore (Scotland)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Ormandy East Ballroom

Developing Dance Through Community Workshops
In this participatory choreographic lab, Contra-Tiempo will introduce participants to their unique process of developing dance pieces through community workshops and storytelling. They discuss how dance, movement, and story help advance belonging. Participants will also hear about the development of joyUS justUS, Contra-Tiempo's latest piece and have the opportunity to get their bodies and joy moving through core movement forms that incorporate Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. This workshop is accessible to people of all different levels of dance experience-- including none!

Cases Studies in Audience Development: Circus in the UK
Who feels welcome in performing arts venues? How can presenters leverage the inclusive nature of contemporary circus arts to help develop diverse audiences of all ages? This session will explore two unique case studies from the UK in which the presentation of contemporary circus led to outstanding audience development outcomes in geographic areas noted for low arts attendance. Hear from a leading artistic director of a circus company (Upswing) and a pioneering creative producer of a circus touring and development agency (Crying Out Loud) about how they have partnered with venues and worked with programmers, marketing teams, local ambassadors and participation specialists to address local challenges.

Empowering Young Audiences Through Circus, Street Art, and Spectacle
Led by Fidget Feet Artistic Director, Chantel McCormick, this session looks at 3 key circus organisations that are at the forefront of the very dynamic and emergent art forms of circus, street arts and spectacle in Ireland, through performances, community engagement, social circus and advocacy on policy making. The aim of the 3 organisations is to empower young people and open up new possibilities for them. By sharing their stories and experiences in their growth, this session underlies the importance of making partnerships through artists, teachers, producers, presenters and policy makers to enable positive impact on the growth of the sector.

Circus and Dance For Babies and Toddlers
While theatre for the very young continues to gain traction and visibility both nationally and internationally, circus and dance for the very young is gaining momentum. Join our panel of artists, producers who will provide their insight into this growing niche genre for our very youngest audience. Delegates will have an opportunity to experience first-hand, some of the work by artists represented on the panel, providing real life basis for perspective and discussion. Viewpoints from both a creation as well as production and presentation standpoint, will be presented, with time for discussion, questions and answers.

Creating Dance Theatre For All Young Audiences
An opportunity to participate in a practical 75-minute workshop exploring the practice and process of creating dance-theatre work from one of Scotland’s most successful choreographers. Through the lens of Gilmore’s specific creative process, participants will have the opportunity to connect, explore and question why the work has successfully engaged different audiences; and consider how this creative process might cross boundaries and transfer to other cultures and contexts. This workshop is suitable for all delegates, with no prior experience of dance necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and bring a water bottle. Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland's most exciting and successful contemporary dance-theatre companies built around the artistic work of choreographer Natasha Gilmore. The work is inspired by her personal experiences, creating an intimate connection with the audience through its wit, humour and authenticity. Natasha has forged her identity as an artist working in new and surprising ways across art forms; including a significant reputation in the field of intergenerational practice (including Wolf Pack, Wolves, The River, Bunty & Doris) and for her growing body of work with and for neuro-diverse young audiences (Playful Tiger, Strings). Natasha Gilmore was the UK nomination for the ASSITEJ Award for Excellence 2017 for her work for young audiences (including Little Red, Whiteout, Tiger Tale, Poggle.) To date the company has performed in festivals across Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Chile, Egypt, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Poland, South Africa, the UK, the USA and The Netherlands.



Saturday, January 25

11am–12:30pm

Kindling Kitchen Table 

Creating the Need – DANCE
Facilitated by Claire Summerfield (England), with Micaela Kuhn (Denmark), Johanna Clancy (Australia), Cath James (England), Bebê de Soares (Germany), Laura Colby (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Maestro
11am–12:30pm

Kindling Kitchen Table

Beyond the Big Top – CIRCUS
Facilitated by Adam Woolley (USA), with Craig Harrison (Australia), Simeng Kong (China), Monique Martin (USA)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Concerto
11am–12:30pm

Kindling Kitchen Table

Taking Space
Facilitated by Erwin Maas, 2020 Jim Rye Fellows and Porter Residents

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Assembly C
11am–12:30pm

Kindling Kitchen Table

Addressing Climate Crisis and Impact of International Touring
Facilitated by Jess Wilson (Australia), with Omar Alvarez (Argentina)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Orchestra

Creating The Need – DANCE
Dance for young audiences is a developing art form, with a varying context globally. Excellent contemporary practice is emerging on the international stage. Drawing on a diverse range of experience from Europe, Asia, and the US, this Kitchen Table discussion focuses on the wider touring and programming ecology, how to foster the creation of more dance for young audiences and for venues and promoters to think about how they might present that work. Tandem Works has supported artists to present dance at some of the leading international festivals and venues including Edinburgh International Children's Festival, Lincoln Centre (NY), Sadler's Wells (London), Belfast International Children's Festival, Tanzmesse (Germany), IPAY, Salto! (Sweden), Krokus (Belgium) and Xintiandi Festival (Shanghai).

Beyond the Big Top – CIRCUS
As we strive to offer greater diversity of form, content, and narrative through performing arts for young audiences and look for impactful means in which to engage new audiences, how can we embrace all that circus can be and increase presentation in seasons and festivals? This kitchen table serves up a buffet of perspective on circus for young audiences with ample room for table talk and discussion.

Taking Space
Our traditional Rye and Porter-facilitated Kitchen Table takes the starting place of exploring the Rye Fellows and Porter Resident Artists' thoughts on making space and increasing opportunity for participation, creation and perspective from and by young people. This will have been informed by their perspective on a week at IPAY Showcase, as well as their own personal contexts, education and practice. We give this space to them to explore their own thoughts and ideas, and we invite you to join them. This is a Kitchen Table session, with open discussion and dialogue encouraged with all voices and perspectives welcome.

Addressing Climate Crisis and Impact of International Touring
Carbon footprint and environmental impact is becoming a primary concern in creating, producing, presenting and touring international performing arts productions. If we all agree that it is still important to present work that has come "from away," or at least that some degree of travel is necessary in our work, how do we tackle minimizing the effect on the climate crisis? What action(s) are companies already taking to offset or minimize carbon footprints? How can we work as a sector to achieve a greener, more environmentally friendly footprint? This is a Kitchen Table, open format discussion format and all voices are welcome.

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