Producer Needed

MonixArts is looking for an enthusiastic and committed producer to develop an ongoing relationship. The producer will work closely with Monica Nicolaides to build an ongoing programme of work and support the development of future works.

We are currently working on a dance film project – based on our latest work ‘SIGNS’ which was supported by ACE – and are looking for a producer who is interested and, ideally, has experience working on filmed projects.They should be interested in making and producing new work. Responsibilities would include partnership building, fundraising and company representation.

Fee: Profit-share

Monica, Artistic Director of MonixArts, has been working as a choreographer and dancer for over 8 years with performing credits including: BSkyB, mapdance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Olympics ceremonies, Warner Brothers, Dance Digital, Carpe Diem dance, Torifune Butoh-Sha, Universal Studios, Valentine Pictures, Lionsgate, Tesco amongst others.

Her work was performed at The Place, Lost Theatre, The Blue Elephant Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Zoo, Clarence Mews and was commissioned to choreograph for the University of Cumbria, Third Row Dance and the British Medical Association.

For more information, please email: monica@monixarts.com

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Signs at Blue Elephant Theatre

Count down begins for our next performance next week! We are so excited to announce that ‘Signs’ is back on stage at The Blue Elephant Theatre on 13th October 2016, 8:00pm.

If you haven’t been able to watch our previous show at the Young Actors Theatre, this is your chance. ‘Signs’ is an exciting dance duet, fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language. The performance will be followed by a Q&A section where you get the chance to ask the choreographer and the dancers anything you want about the work.

‘Signs’ is supported by Arts Council England, Hiive, Candoco Dance, bbodance and IdeasTap.

 

Tickets for ‘SIGNS’

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Join MonixArts at a sharing of their latest creation ‘SIGNS’ at the Young Actors Theatre in Islington. Building on Monica Nicolaides’ successes at Resolution!, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Blue Elephant Theatre and The Riley Theatre this “assured and talented choreographer” (Cloud Dance Festival, 2013) has thrown herself into a project centering around the movement of British Sign Language.

‘SIGNS’ has been in creation since last year having an intense development period this summer including sessions with Candoco BSL specialists and a dance workshop at Oak Lodge School Wandsworth for young people with additional support and communication needs.

‘SIGNS’ will be performed on Saturday 3rd September at 7.30pm at Young Actors Theatre, Islington. The Natashas Project will be performing NATASHAS, as part of this exciting evening.

This performance marks the end of this research and development period for Monica and the dancers and the start of the piece’s life outside of the studio.

Tickets are available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/signs-tickets-27123627500?aff=efbevent

 

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‘Signs’ is an Arts Council England funded project with support from Arch 197, Candoco, Hive and Clarence Mews.

Female Dancer needed for ‘Signs’

Looking for 1 female contemporary dancer for Research & Development phase of “Signs”. Must be have 3 years of professional training or equivalent. Experience in British Sign Language is an advantage.

This project is looking at the importance of body language in BSL, fusing contemporary dance and British Sign Language.

Rehearsals dates between: 9th August – 30th September 2016

Performance in September 2016.

 

This a PAID opportunity based Equity rates.

To apply please email your CV with headshot and showreel by 14th July 2016 18:00. Please state your experience with BSL. Applications without a showreel will not be considered.

Email | monica@monixarts.com

Post Summer Blues

It might have been a while since our latest update, but things never seem to stop. Hand Me That Sound had a successful premiere at Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle, receiving some fantastic reviews from the audience.

Meanwhile, our Artistic Director Monica Nicolaides, had already started preparations for our next commitment. This time, a different approach was taken. A commercial event for the British Medical Association, in Liverpool. A 60s Mad Men Theme, and we went with some good old fashioned Rat Pack and Jazz music. The event was exciting, unique, fun. With 6 dancers in an amazing venue, in one of my favourite cities in the UK.

When one show ends, another is already on the way. And while summertime is when we take a small break to enjoy the sunshine, we came back to admin work. Commissions, applications, accounting, organising and many more. The website was updated, videos were edited and uploaded, photos were sorted and will shortly be added to www.monixarts.com.

Now, back from the summer holidays we are excited to announce that Monica Nicolaides has been commissioned to create a new work for Third Row Dance Company this term. So excited to begin rehearsals with them!

Here’s to a great start for September and hoping for more to come.

If you are looking for a choreographer and/or dancers for upcoming events, email: info@monixarts.com. We are always available for bespoke performances.

Week #4: Back at Carlisle after Easter

Week #4 is already done and dusted. It definitely went quick! The disease day after the holidays is always a bit of a slow one, but luckily a good contemporary class in the morning woke everyone up, ray for work.

Good news: progress is slow and steady with more than half the show ready. Music is found, plot is set, and we are half way there.
Better news: with the work being about BSL, we wanted to raise money for Deaf Awareness Week as it coincides with the performance dates. Hand Me That Sound is included in the Deaf Awareness Events. So if you’re in Carlisle 14-16th May, come and watch the show at Stanwix Theatre.

Till next week, keep smiling at the sunshine peeps!

Monixx

Week #3: Powering through before the Easter break

Morning class every day? Check!

Casting roles? Check.

Production meeting? Double check.

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.

Till next time, keep on rockin.

Monixx

Week #1 at Cumbria

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.

The creation process begins..

Featured Choreographer of the month

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.

To read the interview follow the link below:

http://www.danceuk.org/uk-choreographer-directory/featured-choreographers/monica-nicolaides/

Great way to start off the holiday season!

MonixArts in Chester!

New year, new places!

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:

http://www.flashintheattic.co.uk/residencies.html

DATE: 30th March 2014

TIME: 12:00 – 17:00

VENUE: Northgate Arena, Chester, CH2 2AU

Hope to see you there!