Glasgow international 2018

20 April—
7 May

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Glasgow Open Dance School was founded in 2011 by artists Romany Dear, Julia Scott and Ashanti Harris, who continue to programme and facilitate the G.O.D.S activities.

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) is a not for profit, community organisation, which facilitates free dance and movement, focused activities in different locations in Glasgow. G.O.D.S is a members organisation that is open to everyone and we aim to provide workshops for people of all abilities. We believe that everyone is a dancer! And everyone is a teacher! And we create spaces that are supportive for people trying new things and exploring movement.

Recent projects include: Collective Action As part of Lunarnova Campout, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, 2017; Embodied Place Workshop – as part of World Is Sudden: Summer Lab, Circa Projects, Newcastle, 2017; With Straight Face, LEGROOM, Manchester, 2017; The Curious Incident of the DIG in the Night-Time – as part of Dance International Glasgow, The Poetry Club at SWG3, Glasgow, 2017; [B]reach: The Fugitive Chronicles – as part of Arika Episode 8: Refuse Powers Grasp, Tramway, Glasgow, 2016; Techno Witch Ballet Workshops with Elizabeth Ward, Tramway, Glasgow. 2016. Bring a Score + Do a Score – As part of the exhibition The Only Way To do It Is To Do It, The Hunterian, Glasgow. 2015-16.

For more information visit glasgowopendanceschool.co.uk.

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) Weekend

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Everyone is a dancer and everyone is a teacher at Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S), a non-profit organisation that programmes and facilitates free dance and movement-related workshops.

A weekend of explorative provocations, events and shared learning situations led by artists Julia Scott, Romany Dear and Ashanti Harris will include five somatic workshops, a reading group and a collectively assembled resource room of movement research. Everyone is welcome to learn and share together.

Supported by Glasgow International.

Workshops are free but ticketed via Eventbrite.

Sat 28 April – Sun 29 April
Sat, 10am-8.30pm
Sun, 10am-5pm

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Presenting Les Ballets Negres: Workshop with Ashanti Harris

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Les Ballets Negres are known as the first black British dance company. They performed extensively across the UK and Europe between 1946 and 1952. Their choreographies combined ballet and modern dance structures with Caribbean, West African and Eastern dance practices. Many of the dances addressed the surrounding racial politics within the UK and its empire; framing the black experience across history, offering alternative narratives and re-imagining the boundaries of cultural and social norms. This workshop will move between a lecture and a dance class, exploring some of the themes present in the choreographies of Les Ballets Negres.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Sat 28 April, 11am-12.30pm

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Dancing with Care / Caring for Dance: Workshop with Romany Dear

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Starting with the quote, “we are never out of touch with something”, by Maxine Sheets Johnstone, this workshop begins. This quote acts as both our beginning and our reminder, that we are always supported, that we are always in contact and that we are always connected. Throughout this workshop, we will work, move and dance through scores and exercises taken from diverse and different practices to explore ideas around the themes of contact and support, both collectively and individually. How do we receive and give support (in all senses of this word) through inclusive movement practices? Let’s dance with freedom, care, consideration and consent.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Sat 28 April, 2pm-5pm

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Self Care Movement Practices: Workshop with Julia Scott

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Dancing for survival in hard times – practices of joy, nourishment and listening. Using games, self massage and guided meditation this workshop will offer you practices to draw on to sustain yourself under capitalist patriarchy. It will include exercises from Qi Gong, feminist improv listening techniques and various movement based games developed in collaboration with choreographers and dancers.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite

Sun 29 April, 11am-1pm

Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)

Contemporary African Dance: Workshop with Erick Mauricia Valentin

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The first hour of the workshop will concentrate on an active approach to stretching, working out from the perspective of years of Yoga and Tai Chi based practices, emphasising on core stability and it’s role within the transfer of power from the legs to the upper body. Exploring ways to increase flexibility and posture, states that can often causes many problems due to muscle imbalances in the body. This class is aimed at everyone who is interested in ongoing physical training exercises and approaches. 

Some points of reference to the approaches we will be working on are as follows: Concentration, Breathing, Posture, Centralling, Control, Flowing movements, Relaxation and Stamina. A hand out will also be provided as a reference and guideline to the session.

The second part of the workshop will be on how to use these techniques effectively in motion with live music and percussion. We will use African based movements, but focus on the modern expression of its origin. When I use the term, ‘African movements’ I am referring to many natural positions and everyday tasks that are performed across Africa on a daily basis.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite

Sun 29 April, 2pm-4.30pm

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