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Creative Learning

About  

The Creative Learning department delivers Wayne McGregor’s vision to nurture the creative potential of individuals, whether professional or non professional, and to positively impact on the landscape of dance – how it is taught, learned and talked about.

Over the last 20 years, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance has developed a reputation for delivering high quality and innovative Creative Learning programmes to children, young people, adults and community groups. Working in close partnership with a network of educational institutions, dance agencies, venues and other cultural organisations the company ensures that all projects can be developed to meet the specific needs of each community and over 80,000 participants have taken part in our projects across the UK and internationally.

Current Creative Learning Projects


BIG DANCE - THE ARTS PICNIC
12 July 2014
On Saturday 12 July, Spa Fields in EC1, Islington will be transformed into a buzzing dance and visual art festival. The aim of the event is to celebrate the arts in Islington and to encourage the public to explore what the arts mean to them as well as how it can be a force for change in their community.

We have been working with groups of local people, who will present their specially created performances at intervals throughout the afternoon. Dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will also perform excerpts of company work.

The event and all workshops are free and have been organised as a collaboration between Cubitt, Sadler's Wells and Islington Council. The day brings together two key events: Big Dance, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance and dancing; and Cubitt’s Festival of Blackboards, an annual programme exploring art, education and social change.

The Arts Picnic


MIND AND MOVEMENT - CHOREOGRAPHIC THINKING TOOLS
In September 2013 we launched Mind and Movement, a new choreographic resource designed to develop students' personal imagination skills in order to enhance the creation of new and original dance movement. The resource is based around the Choreographic Thinking Tools that have emerged from Wayne McGregor's methods in the studio and which are grounded in a decade of collaborative research with cognitive scientists.

More information and buy the resource


SUMMER SCHOOLS
Summer 2014
We will be teaching on a variety of summer schools throughout June, July and August, including at The Place and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, with the Royal Academy of Dance at a special summer school for young dancers in Dartington in Devon, on the Dance Study Cycles programme at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and at Les Etes de la Danse International Summer School in Paris, France.

More info on Summer Schools and how to get involved


NATIONAL YOUTH DANCE WALES
August 2014
Our Associate Director Odette Hughes has been working with some of Wales' finest young dancers this summer, creating a new work with National Youth Dance Wales. Performances take place at Sherman Cymru on 28 August, and Clwyd Theatr Cymru on 30 August.

Book tickets for National Youth Dance Wales performances



Recent Creative Learning Projects


RESIDENCY AT NORTHERN SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE
In February and March 2014 Associate Director Odette Hughes worked over three weeks with second year degree students at NSCD to create (pix)elate, a piece which was performed at their student showcase at the end of March. 

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RESIDENCY AT CLEVES SCHOOLS IN SURREY
For a week in February 2014, the whole company worked with four schools on a residency in Surrey, working with students age 6-14 to create an evening of new pieces. The company performed an excerpt of Atomos alongside the groups performances. 

Elizabeth Earl, Head of Enjoy and Achieve, Cleves School, said of the project: “Cleves School and the other schools in our Trust have been working with the company for many years. We look forward to the week as it does not fail to deliver. The children are stretched both physically and mentally to achieve the best they can and build their self esteem as a result. The week is well organised and the dancers always well prepared and professional. Both the participants and the audience enjoy the opportunity to see a high quality performance from the dancers, for many it is their first experience of contemporary dance.”

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RESIDENCY AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Jasmine Wilson, Director of Creative Learning, Odette Hughes and the company dancers worked with 100 dance and choreography students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts over two weeks in January and February 2014, to create a new piece of work for the University's winter dance performance. They used techniques from Mind and Movement to create a performance, titled Suffusion.

Susan Jaffe, Dean of the School of Dance, said of the project: "We were incredibly fortunate to have the Wayne McGregor | Random Dance company on campus, who taught the teaching tools of Mr. McGregor, to co-create a new and innovative work with 100 UNCSA students. Not only was the work throughly enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences, but was transformational for many students who said they would never look at dance in the same way again. This work is invaluable for students and professionals alike, and we hope they come back to work with us again and again."

Read an article about the project from the Winston-Salem Journal


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RESIDENCY AT BOLLATE PRISON, ITALY
In December 2013, Jasmine WIlson and ex-company dancer Davide Di Pretoro were commissioned by the Albers Foundation to deliver a residency over three days to 20 male prisoners at the Bollate Prison in Milan. 

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SHIFT PERFORMANCE AT FRESH
Over the Autumn term in 2013, ex-company dancer Neil Fleming Brown worked with Shift, The Place's senior youth dance company, to create a new piece of work. The piece was initially performed at the Bloomsbury Festival in October and was then developed to form “Ori”, which was performed at Fresh at The Place in November 2013. Throughout the creation of Ori, Shift used improvisation to explore the relationship between form and chaos in imagery and movement creation. Shift worked with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance's new choreographic resource, Mind and Movement, as a starting point for creating their own original movement. Wellcome Collection curated the exhibition Thinking with the Body: Mind and movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and supported the creation of Ori for Shift.
Ori will also be on tour throughout 2014. 

Arts Award

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance can offer workshops, performances and Q&As as an Arts Award Supporter. Our activities support various elements of Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award.