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Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 all workshops are postponed until further notice. Please keep an eye on our website or sign up to our newsletter to be up-to-date with any changes to our programme.
BCA is working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Dance East to create a centre for dance practice that focuses on the intersections of choreographic innovation, widening participation, diversity and social justice. The programme commenced in November 2019 with dance artist Julia Cheng (pictured) commissioned to work with student at the University, and runs until mid 2021.
Three linked strands of activity will engage young people and support emerging and established dance artists through a series of commissions, CPD (continuing professional development) and mentoring.
A group of specially commissioned artists will be brought together to focus on choreographic creation in the context of engaging hard to reach audiences. Creating a hub of excellence for choreographic innovation and youth dance engagement, we will explore and develop dance activity that reaches gaps in provision for participants, attracts diverse dance artists to work in and engage with the local area and connects experienced and emerging artists with cultural organisations and the youth dance sector.
With Bedford being the fifth most culturally diverse town in the East of England, our aim is to raise aspiration in the area and generate best practice in dance and inclusive practice to share regionally and nationally. In order to connect with wider Bedford audiences, especially those who may not usually experience dance, we will be holding outdoor public performances including events at the Bedford River Square and Bedford River Festival.
Urja Desai Thakore
Pagrav Dance Company (PDC) promotes kathak giving the form a new context and renewed presentation. The Artistic Director, Urja Desai Thakore, is one of the UK’s leading kathak dancers and choreographers, whose sensitive, thought-provoking style is highly regarded by traditionalists and modernists alike.
Photo Credit Neil Catchick
As Choreographer and Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble since 2012 Rebecca has developed and delivered digital dance performance, installations and engagement work in the UK & abroad. Recently Rebecca was one of 10 choreographers selected by Studio Wayne McGregor to take part in Questlab Network, a nationally significant program developing cross-disciplinary digital and dance practices. Her practice has included combining movement with live coding, generative projection, 360 sound, walking apps and interactive performance. She was on The BENCH 2015/2016 and has been commissioned by 2Faced Dance, Wilton’s Strike, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, The Vaults, Athens Digital Arts Festival and London Borough of Culture.
Ashley Goosey, MA Graduate in Dance Performance and Choreography from Bedfordshire University.Ashley is a member of hip hop theatre company, Spoken Movement and Bdblaq Dance. Having joint both companies in 2017, he has performed both nationally and internationally and has been working extensively with both companies ever since. He trained extensively in China learning several styles of Martial Arts such as Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong. The reason for applying for the artist graduate scheme was to start exploring myself as an artist and to start creating work for myself. After gain a lot of experience and knowledge in movement and music production I wanted to bring both of these skills together and share my voice as an artist.
Katie Boag a graduate of both the BA in Dance and Professional Practice and MA in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Bedfordshire. She now is a dance artist and maker specialising in Krump and Contemporary movement. Aiming to build a reputable dance company (E14 Dance Company). Her work is motivated and inspired by creating work that gives a voice to socio-political issues. And is fuelled on how she views the world.
Blossom (working title) is a collaborative duet that looks at women who are overlooked and forgotten about in society. Exploring the duality of divine female power and delicate femininity. Katie and Jodie Bray collaborate to create powerful and thought provoking piece, looking at both sides of prejudice that women go through in their lives. Combined with an emotive original score created by Ashley Goosey and costume by Juliet Dodson.