Sore bodies, tired muscles, brain overworked and counting down the days till the weekend? Triple check!
The last two weeks have been crazy; hectic. This week is panning to be even more chaotic. Kind of the last push before the holidays. Everyone’s been working hard, and we have our second production meeting tomorrow. The good thing: it is so amazing to have help with sorting out set, lighting, sound and costumes. The bad thing: they need so much information and that is still in the making! Argg, pressure for me to have answers.
There is progress, quite a lot actually. I just hope this doesn’t disappear in the next two weeks. I have to admit though, the best thing about being up here is the green for miles, the fresh air and the unexpected sunshine.
The first week up in the Lake District was phenomenal. Started with an early train in the morning to arrive at a very sunny Carlisle. A compact city with a historic castle in the west and green grass by the river.
I started working with the year 1 students of the BA Performing Arts. Hard working and focused. This first week was all about getting to know each other, seeing their strengths and researching British Sign Language.
Things have been quite busy the last few months, hence apologies for not keeping MonixArts as updated as it should be. But some fantastic news had to be shared!
MonixArts’ artistic director and choreographer, Monica Nicolaides, is this month’s featured choreographer for Dance UK. Monica met Alice Firth at Dance UK office in Bermondsey, last week for an interview, discussing her path into choreography and her creative process.
MonixArts is delivering a full day residency at Flash in the Attic, in Chester. It is an excellent opportunity for professional dance and graduates to take part in a contemporary dance masterclass and gain an insight of the company’s repertoire and creative process. The workshop looks at Monica Nicolaides’ movement style, offering participants the opportunity to learn part of the repertoire of Survival of the Fittest and its new work in progress Unspoken Words.
For more information and to book you place, please contact Flash in the Attic:
The first weekend of the Fringe is over and up to now we have had a fantastic response from our audience and the Edinburgh Fringe Visitors! The ‘girls on the pillars’ are doing tricks and will be teaching basic ninja moves everyday on the Royal Mile.
Now this is just a little taster of what MonixArts is doing in Edinburgh. With a show every day at 15:30, at Sweet Venues we want to entertain our audience and get them so excited that they are literally jumping off their seats. (Perfect example of our audience yesterday).
Reviews are coming out, and we welcome audience and participants to leave their comments on our Facebook page and/or Twitter.
So an update to this present day:
4 performances at Sweet Venues
3 taster shows at the Royal Mile
1 Flashmob by the Scott Monument
But wait! We have much more to come:
There are still 7 performances left at Sweet Venues (BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!)
1 Flashmob at Edinburgh Zoo
and a Spot the Ninja challenge on the Royal Mile.
A fantastic cast, 6 Female dancers performing a martial arts piece followed by a dance inspired by the animals in the wildlife. A show not to be missed!
“Survival of the Fittest is well worth a watch for lovers of contemporary dance.” Broadway Baby ***
So here we are on our first day in Edinburgh. Our day started at 8:45 in London when all the MonixArts cast took the 4 and-a-half hour train to Ediburgh Station. Carrying more luggage than ever filled with constumes, flyers, clothes, make-up and the occasional tracksuit for rehearsals, the six dancers spent most of their day at the fantastic Sweet Venues, located on Grassmarket. An extremely friendly and enthusiastic staff of Sweet Venues, helped the company settle in what will be its ‘resident’ theatre for the next 11 days.
With a meticulous tech rehearsal, ensuring that lights and sound are ready for the premiere of our newest double bill programme “Survival of the Fittest”, we continued in the late afternoon to enter our accommodation premises just a few minutes from the city centre.
We were greeted in a warm and friendly flat, where we slowly settled down, had a lovely warm meal together and slowly retired to our rooms to get some rest.
Tomorrow is a bright new day, with the first performance of Survival of the Fittest and our soon-to-be first Edinburgh Fringe adventure commencing with a bang!
Six female dancers performing two contemporary danceworks looking at violence. Fusing contemporary dance with martial arts, Nu.V.Na is followed by MonixArts newest choreography Fight or Flight, a dancework looking at the survival instinct. Inspired by the animals in the jungle, Fight or Flight tells the story of three lions in search of prey, when a buffalo comes to the rescue of a baby gazelle. Who will win? Only those attending will know.
1st – 11th August, 15:30 at Sweet Venues.
On a very related note, MonixArts is proud to announce a dance event in Edinburgh Zoo, where the company will be performing extracts from Fight or Flight. Dancers acting like animals with the animals. A fantastic opportunity to visit one extraordinary site in Edinburgh and support female artists. For more information: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/whatson/events_articles/event_252.html
From MonixArts, here in Edinburgh we wish you good night and let the Edinburgh Fringe fun begin!
MonixArts is currently looking for a PR and Marketing Intern for June – Mid-August. This would be an excellent opportunity for a student and/or recent graduate who wants to gain more experience in working in the arts and in a marketing role.
– Audience Development
– Programme Marketing
– Develop e-campaigns and update website content
For more details and to apply email your CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
MonixArts is in the studios rehearsing, working on our newest piece ‘Fight or Flight’ and fine tuning plans for Edinburgh Fringe 2013. With lots of fun and laughter, as well as hard work I am happy to say we are progressing steadily.
Tickets are out, so if you are in Edinburgh on 1st-11th August, come join us at Sweet Venues. You can buy your tickets now and take advantage of all the offers available!
Meanwhile we are planning some outdoor events. Keep your eyes out for us!
MonixArts wants it’s audience to be part of this journey, and we want to give you the opportunity to be part of the creation of Survival of the Fittest. We recently had a workshop at Chisenhale Dance Space. Had some fantastic participants and spent a whole day dancing. Further, our crowdfunding campaign is still active.
There are only 14 days till the deadline and we need all the support we can get for this exciting venture. We wouldn’t have come this far without your support, and we want to keep on going. All we are asking is to donate as little as £1 or less than a cup of coffee, or a pint. Any amount is much appreciated. We know that not everyone can contribute to our project, so we ask you is to share the link with others and spread the news.
An all-female production, featuring contemporary dance with martial arts. Support female artists and the arts!
MonixArts is happy to announce that it will be holding a one-day intensive company workshop for professional dancers, recent graduates and dance enthusiasts! A full day focusing on contemporary dance and contact work, finishing with some of the company’s repertoire performed at Resolution! and to be performed in Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
This workshop offers an insight into Monica Nicolaides’ choreographic style and movement vocabulary, focusing on the importance of partner work and the idea of redirecting energy to create a pathway in contemporary dance.
The workshop is divided into three parts, starting with a contemporary class influenced by Cunningham and Release techniques, focusing on the articulation of the spine and the use of weight in movement.
During the Partner Work sessions, we will revise the basic principles of contact and use the idea of pressure and balancing as a means of approaching contact and partner work.
Finally, part of MonixArts repertory will be taught, which includes Nu.V.Na (martial arts with contemporary dance) and Fight or Flight, which will be performed in Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013.
The workshop will be 5.30 hours with a 45 minute lunch break. Bring kneepads, water and lunch.
The studio will be available from 10:10am to warm up.
Creative and Repertory
Date: 3rd June
Time: 10:30 – 16:00
Venue: Chisenhale Dance Space
Cost: £20 per person. (£35 for both if you bring a friend)
MonixArts’ premiere of Nu.V.Na featured in an article for Resolution! on BBC Persia. Choreographer Monica Nicolaides briefly talks about Nu.V.Na at The Place. Watch extracts from the tech and last rehearsal from January 2013.