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

http://www.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.

 

Company classes for professional dancers

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Contemporary Dance Company classes with MonixArts. As part of our ACE funded project ‘Signs’, we are opening up our company classes to dance professionals, graduates and students on the following days:
10th August – 10-11:30am at ARCH197
11th August – 10-11:30am at ARCH197
15th August – 10-11:30am at ARCH197
16th August – 10-11:30am at ARCH197
17th August – 10-11:30am at Clarence Mews
23rd August – 10-11:30am at Clarence Mews
24th August – 10-11:30am at Clarence Mews

£5 per class.
Booking is required. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!!!
To book please email: Lottie@monixarts.com

 

“Signs” Workshop at Oak Lodge

Two weeks ago MonixArts visited Oaklodge School in Wandsworth, a school for students with hearing, communication, speech and language needs aged 10-19. Alongside the performance piece, we created a workshop that incorporates British Sign Language within contemporary dance. Monica and Erena delivered the first workshop of “Signs”, which enabled the young participants to engage with dance and use their skills and knowledge to choreograph their own short phrases either within groups and/or individually.

Both Monica and Erena thoroughly enjoyed working with such engaged and interesting young people and have learnt a lot about how ‘Signs’ can speak to those with additional communication needs. It is inspiring to see the talent and potential!

We are continuing to develop the Creative Learning programme for “Signs” further. If you would like us to lead one of our workshops for you do get in touch with monica@monixarts.com

A month full of new things!

October started out in a bang! I attended Kaleidoscopic Arts’ meeting discussing “how to be a successful female choreographer” with guest speaker Julia Gleich. (It was actually in the end of September, but for some reason it really fit with everything happening in October). The discussion was lively, interesting to say the least. As a female choreographer, I am relieved to hear many others feel the exact way as me when it comes to tackling choreography as a female in the UK, and most importantly in London. The frustrations are shared and impressions of the current scene are similar.

A similar discussion topic was addressed only yesterday at Rambert as part of Rambert revealed. I was in a fortunate position of working with Birmingham Royal Ballet this week, thus unfortunately could not attend the discussion. I did however, catchup on Rambert Live (God thanks for the Internet generation in this case) this morning.

There were some great panellists; Judith Mackrell, Charlotte Vincent, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Mark Baldwin to name a few. Each briefly presented their views or should I say questions  surrounding the issue of female choreographers, and though all very valid and notable points, I found myself feeling a bit hopeless as to how to change things. 

The issue of female versus male is an ongoing debate across the border and society. Many things have changed for women in the past century but it seems to me, we fail to embrace the fact that men and women are different to the core. Our minds work differently, we operate in a different manner, biologically we are different and the pressures we feel are very different to those of men. That is not to say one is better than the other, or women should not fight for more or that they should try to be more men to make a name for themselves. 

Charlotte Vincent  raised a good point saying ‘I’m bored of having the same discussion. I wonder how to stick a rocket up people’s arses to change things.’ As graphic as this statement is, it really nails the situation at present. The discussion, though an attempt to make some progress just seemed to raise the issues we all knew. And while high profile female choreographers have managed to find a way to work the system, it seems independent artists like myself are at a disadvantage.

Sally Marie of Sweetshop Revolution was the first and only female to win the New Adventures Choreographers Award. She singlehandedly managed to organise a tour and raise money for her show, and that’s something to be applaud for. Yet at the discussion yesterday she commented about the situation. She’s tired of doing a full time admin job, to make a tour happen, at the expense of her creative work. And let’s face it. The woman has connections! She was a performer for many renowned choreographers, and has received some excellent reviews. She has been in the industry for many years and knows people that could help her. Yet, it seems that even for her she cannot not get the support much needed to take yourself to the next level. 

While it is noted that male choreographers of the same experience as her or even less, seem to be snatched up by an agent, a manager, a publicist, and can somehow gather the team to help them out with the administration and managerial tasks of running a company, female choreographers do not share the same luck.

Adding to this frustration, even women amongst themselves do not support each other as much as perhaps we maybe should. Numerous were the occasions where I found myself speaking with a more established female choreographer, arts manager or programmer, who reaction to me introducing myself as a choreographer was their upbeat facial expression dropping 20 feet under! Maybe I have something on my face that says ‘don’t like me’ (AKA resting bitch face)! But if that’s the case then apologies for making others uncomfortable, and shame on you for judging me before giving me the chance to present myself properly.  (It’s a classic case of ‘if I were a guy… You wouldn’t think of me that way’). For all you know I could be the next best choreographer of the world!

There is a misconception that women ask and need more mentorship and support, but I believe they ask for it because it is not as easily available to them. In a previous discussion with other female choreographers, what has been noted is the feeling of isolation whilst working. We find it difficult to gather support for our work,  persuade people to preview our work, find collaborators that are willing to work with us not just on one project, but develop that ongoing relationship. Further, it is somehow perceived, and expected that a female choreographer will only create work for a certain amount of time whilst a male choreographer will persist making work indefinitely. This is automatically at our disadvantage, when collaborators – including dancers – are not willing to demonstrate the same level of commitment to female choreographer as they would for a male choreographer.

Takin all this in consideration, I firmly believe that the only way forward would be a case of launching more schemes that support female choreographers – both at emerging and mid-career stages. I believe it is important to establish a support network for female choreographers, perhaps a directory of establishments open to supporting female work, so that we can make dance more equal in terms of gender.

I also believe we need to acknowledge the fact that women might need to take a break to have children -if that is their choice – and accept that as a reality of the situation. We need to be able to support this possibility and not condemn women for doing so, but simultaneously we women need to accept that we cannot do everything and that the choice of having a family could slow down our progress in our career path like any other woman in any other job. 

No one can have it all and let us not get ourselves wrapped up in the illusion that we can. As the ancient Greeks said ‘everything in moderation’. After all balance is key, that’s what life is about. In the meantime, let’s focus on making the dance world less hostile place for women by supporting our own gender’s work and collaborating to create more opportunities for women to make and present work.

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.

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!

Updates!

Hello my lovely peeps!

MonixArts has been undergoing massive changes the last few weeks, and we couldn’t be more excited. First of all, after a fantastic premiere at Resolution!, The Place, we got accepted to Edinburgh Fringe 2013, had a workshop for dancers in June, updated the website, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook…

And now we are back in the studio at Clarence Mews! We are working on our newest piece Fight ir Flight, which will be performed alongside Nu.V.Na at Sweet Venues in August. We have more dancers in the team – welcome Amy Lovelock, Elina Karimaa and Caitlin Walsh. A fantastic group of talented dancers soon to take over the stage in Edinburgh.

Further, a new email address to contact us about anything related to MonixArts! info@monixarts.com

Now this last thing may not be anything special to most people, but for a non-techy person like myself it is a huge accomplishment, especially when it is actually working as it was supposed to!

So, are you interested in finding out about our Artistic Director/Choreographer? Curious about the amazing talent that is MonixArts Dancers? Want to know more about our collaborators (musician, photographer, designers, editors)?

Maybe you want to find out about upcoming workshops, classes, opportunities to gain experience in MonixArts. Or have a project in mind and want to collaborate with our MonixArts artists?

Have an opinion about our work. We’d love to hear it! The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Just drop us a line and we will get back to you straight away.

Meanwhile, keep on rocking and sit tight for our upcoming progress!

Monixxx

PR and Marketing Intern

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.

Responsibilities:

– Audience Development

– Programme Marketing

– Develop e-campaigns and update website content

– PR

For more details and to apply email your CV and Cover Letter to monslol@gmail.com

Deadline: 11th June, 12.00