report follows the completion of a research & development
project which has contributed to the development of Ascendance
Rep's heritage work within the arts. A culmination of the
work was taken to Cottingley Cornerstone Centre to engage
the residents of Bingley.
"In summer 2010 I worked with a cast of 13 dancers from
5 years to 68 years over a 3-week period to create a professional
dance company for a new site-specific dance piece at Skipton
Castle. The piece was performed on Sat 21st Aug 2010 at Skipton
Castle and 22nd Aug at Knaresborough Castles. This was perhaps
the most inspiring and rewarding project I have undertaken."
Rachel Wesson, Artistc Director
have worked with numerous community groups of different ages
and, although I never labelled them as such, many of these
have been cross-generational projects. When I started thinking
about my previous work, I began considering the boundaries
placed upon our professional dancers, and the assumptions
I had made when recruiting dancers in the past. I went on
to think about the importance of professional practice, and
how it infiltrates into community-led work. This is where
the idea for a new dance company began.
Throughout this report I have researched and reflected on
the work of other practitioners who have worked with dancers
of all ages and put this together with a Case Study of my
own experiences through the Castle project. I have discussed
these in relation to professional and community practice;
its benefits and struggles together with methodologies employed
during the creative process."