news about Jane Mason

 


MORNING

Jane collaborated with director Juliet Ellis on her new feature length film MORNING.

Ruby is a lonely child. In a world almost entirely of her own imagining. One morning Ruby wakes up to something that will tilt her cosmos forever. Alone, she is led into a series of encounters that change the way she understands her reality and place in the world.

MORNING


Selfie – Blind Ditch

In the summer Jane collaborated with Paula Crutchlow and Hans Kellett on a research phase for their new touring production 'Selfie'. The work explores how groups form, question and rebel against coerced modes of participation in a social media enabled society.

Selfie - Blind Ditch


Staff Project – Dance 4 Nottingham

Following the 2015 commission ‘A dance at home’, Dance 4 director Paul Russ invited Jane to take the staff team through a creative process. The wider aim was to deepen the organisation’s awareness of what it means to engage the public in projects. During 2016 and 2017 Jane worked with the staff, building with a core group to present a ‘performative welcome’ at the Talking, Thinking, Dancing symposium Dance4 hosted in June.

Staff Project – Dance 4 Nottingham


STRETCH - Exeter Cathedral

Sophia Clist is relaunching her art installation STRETCH developed with Nick Burge, at Exeter Cathedral as part of Art Week Exeter. Jane will perform in an improvised performance with Sophia, Nick, violinist Emma Welton and cinematographer Mary Farbrother on Wednesday 17th May at 7.45pm

View the trailer here

Stretch - Exeter Cathedral

Scenography, Performance and the Everyday - Aberystwyth University

Jane was invited by Simon Banham to deliver a workshop as part of The Scenography, Performance and the Everyday research cluster’s programme of talks and workshops. The research cluster aims to explore the means by which scenography and performance can enliven and disrupt the habits and routines of everyday life..... how various aesthetic experiences can expand possibilities for living, opening up perceptual awareness and generating an active concern for the complex social and environmental ecologies we inhabit.

Scenography, Performance and the Everyday - Aberystwyth University


Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Quarantine

Jane joined Quarantine for the remounting of SUMMER. AUTUMN. WINTER. SPRING with local people from Norwich, performing as part of the Norfolk and Norwich festival.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May

View the trailer here


Making Invisible People Visible - Bodies

Jane's been invited to collaborate with Exeter University Geographer Dr Jennifer Lea in a movement research project working with people and their experiences of homelessness in Exeter, in partnership with the charity St Petrocks.

The wider research project involves Professor Paul Cloke, graffiti artist Cleo Heard, and singer songwriter Paul Field.

Funded by the University of Exeter with support from Kaleider.


2 Penrhiw Residency – Wales

In February Jane was invited by Maynard to spend 10 days in rural west Wales connecting with people in the village of Abercych. The relationship with Maynard first began in 2015 when Jane was invited to take part in Maynard 3: Family Dances. This residency was about carving out time to develop our conversation further, around what it means to connect with people and place through an attention to movement, personal story and identity.


LAST ACT OF REBELLION - Lone Twin

Jane choreographed Jolene for Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan for their new work Last Act of Rebellion, created to mark their 20th anniversary in 2017.

Lone Twin brought together collaborators from across the arts including: Gob Squad, Jonathan Burrows, New Art Club, Richard Maxwell, Bryan Saner and Jane Mason to work with the mighty playlist of popular song the duo began collating in 1997.

Co-commissioned by and premiered at Compass Festival 2016.

Last Act of Rebellion


Wallflower

Jane joined Quarantine in her role as choreographic advisor for performances and development of Wallflower in Aberystwyth.

She has written in response to ‘Choreography of the everyday’ for the Wallflower NOTEBOOK here:

Wallflower dates:
Dance Umbrella, London | 20, 21, 22 October
Juncture, Leeds | 28, 29 October

Jane Mason - Wallflower


Staff Project

Jane spent two weeks at Dance4’s international Centre for Choreography in September where she took the Dance4 staff team through a creative process. The project grew out of director Paul Russ’ wish for the organisation to develop greater awareness around what it means to ask the public to engage in participatory projects, in the particular context of Dance4’s relocation to the new centre.

Jane Mason - Staff Project


Dinos dancing…

Jane has been working with Science Studies scholar Dr Astrid Schrader through an Exeter University artist residency. Together they’ve been collaborating around the themes of care, time and vulnerability, each looking after some living bioluminescent dinoflagellates in each of our homes.  The dinos (marine microbes) are tuned to a circadian rhythm, photosynthesizing during the day and glowing bright blue at night when disturbed or interacted with.

Sharing - Wednesday 20th July at 4.30pm
Studio TS3, Thornlea, University of Exeter

Choreographic Workshop - Tuesday 19th July at 10.30am – 4pm
Studio TS3, Thornlea, University of Exeter

More information about the residency process here

Dinos Dancing


Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.

Jane is collaborating with Quarantine on an extraordinary Quartet of work about our relationship to time.

World Premiere 22 March - 3rd April 2016
Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK.

“…Life, like this show, is precious and changeable, and happens in the moments amongst the madness. Tomorrow will reveal something else, or offer up another gift, or take another surprising turn.

PUBLIC REVIEWS 2014 [SUMMER.]

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring


Sapta Dance Film

Jane is working with Sapta Dance Company in Torrington towards the creation of a dance film. Sapta are a group of over 60’s dancers who meet weekly under the guidance of Cathy Richards. The aim of the project is to site choreography in particular outdoor spaces in Torrington, including an old disused dairy farm.

To be filmed and edited by Tony Walker.

Sapta Dance Film


We'll Meet in Moscow

Jane is part of a collaboration between lead artist Writer Natalie McGrath, Designer Sophia Clist and Director Nicola Rosewarne. The work is a response to the banning in 2012 of Gay Pride in Russia for 100 years.

Doorstep Theatre Festival
Thursday 12th November @ 7.30pm - South Devon College
Monday 16th November @ 8pm - Exeter Phoenix
http://wmim.co.uk

We'll meet in Moscow


Exeter Enquires

Jane is collaborating with Exeter University researcher Dr Astrid Schrader through an 'Exeter Enquires' residency culminating in a performance in 2016. Produced by the University's Arts and Culture team this opportunity is part of a series of residencies across departments and art forms funded by Arts Council England. The aim is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and artists to highlight research. Meeting points from initial conversations between Jane and Astrid oscillate around ideas of uncertainty, empathy and life cycles.


Here with You

On 21st October Jane presented a large scale dance performance integrating 112 young people and two staff from five different schools. She worked for one day with a class in each of the four primary and one secondary schools in the Cullompton area. All the schools came together at Cullompton Community College over one day where Jane combined the movement and spoken materials into a 45 minute performance. The pupils then performed the piece twice the following day for invited audiences.

Commissioned by Daisi.

Head teacher and producer feedback here


Life Forces - Coventry

Jane and Phil presented Life Forces on 16th October at Coventry University alongside delivering workshops for the University's Theatre and Choreography students, programmed through Decoda.

I found myself lost... it’s like I didn’t want to be found. It was beautiful.
Fraser O’Donovan

I felt as though a lot of time passed like I was watching years go by...I enjoyed watching the gradual build of the space. I appreciated the pace giving me time to notice myself in the process...
Lily Hayward-Smith


Bonnie Bird New Choreographic Fund

Jane was shortlisted for the Bonnie Bird bi-annual research fund for the second time (2015) previously shortlisted in 2013. This national award for established Choreographers aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research over a two-year period.


Wallflower

Having worked as a choreographic advisor on three of Quarantine's Research and Development phases for Wallflower earlier in the year and in the early part of the making process, Jane returned to support the performers and director Richard Gregory during their Dublin Theatre Festival run in September.

Wallflower


Dancing in the Dark - Sue Smith

Jane danced for Sue Smith in her PHD choreography performance at Falmouth University with dancers Kuldip Singh-Barmi, Josh Ben-Tovim and Roseanna Anderson, supporting Sue's research into how audio descriptions can inform the generation of choreography.


A Place to Dance - Dance4

A curated event over three days with provocations from artists.
19 - 21st June at Lakeside Arts.

On 20th June, choreographer and dancer Gillie Kleiman offers her thoughts on authorship and ownership of work and the politics of involving the public as creators, performers and commissioners.

A panel of curators, choreographers and public participants including Jane Mason and Joe Moran share their insights and views. There is also an opportunity to watch a film presentation of A Dance At Home, a recent Dance4 Commission Collective project created by Jane Mason, placing dance in people's homes and them as commissioners, makers and performers.

Visit the website.


Life Forces - Performance at The Point, Eastleigh

5th June @ 7:00pm

You can read a review by Nicholas Minns here.


See more audience responses here


Maynard 3 - Family Dances 15th May

Jane's been invited to give a presentation of her work for Maynard 3 – Family Dances curated by Simon Whitehead.

He writes:
Here in the village of Abercych, west Wales, we are developing and curating a body of Dance dialogues that promote and explore different ideas and interpretations of place and identity.

Visit the website


Wallflower - Quarantine

Jane has a long history of collaborating with Quarantine's Richard Gregory; Wasp Factory, But the Living are Wrong in the Sharp distinctions they make, SEE-SAW, Geneva, SUSAN and DARREN, Old People, Children and Animals and Entitled. Wallflower is a new work in development with performers Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong. Jane joined the team for research and development in Aberystwyth and Hebden Bridge in the Spring.

Visit the website


'A Dance at Home'

Following the performances in Nottdance, Commission Collective member Mark Patterson (pictured) wrote a feature about his experience for Nottingham's Left Lion magazine, you can read it here

Filmmaker Jess Hill created a short film about Mark's experience of 'A Dance at Home', you can watch it here

A Dance at Home


Life Forces - Performance at ICIA Bath

3rd March @ 7:30pm

See audience feedback from the performance here

 


Life Forces – Workshop with Phil Smith at ICIA Bath

28th February 10-6pm

Life Forces workshop with Phil Smith at ICIA Bath

"I really enjoyed gaining an insight into Life Forces with Jane and Phil...it was such a nourishing day, where ordinary objects had extraordinary consequences and I connected to people I had never met before, but felt after the day like I had been moving for weeks. Looking back at the small experience we had of the processes Jane and Phil went through to create Life Forces, I have a real appreciation for the work and just how challenging it must have been to draw from all of the mountains of material and feelings that would have been produced."
Lisa Lort - Creative Producer, Bath Dance


A dance at home - Nottdance 2015

Jane was commissioned by Dance 4's 2014 Commission Collective to create 'a dance at home'. The project was moved to Spring 2015 where it will culminate in three different live events hosted in three different homes on 8, 9, 10 March in the context of the Nottdance festival. Exploring themes of connection and belonging, responsibility and commitment, there will also be a public facing exhibition closely reflecting the work and process.


Dancexchange, Washington DC

January 2015

Jane will accompany The Point's Creative Producer Sacha Lee to attend the 'Winter Institute' a four day event at Dancexchange, looking at The Role of Artists in Building Community.


Life Forces – Review

Here's a review by Belinda Dillon following the performance at Exeter Phoenix.


Life Forces – Performance at Exeter Phoenix

18th November @ 8pm

Jane has been developing Life Forces since 2013.

The initial trigger for the work came from her father’s old slide projector and his archive of slides. She was also interested in exploring light, change, and the cycle of things being built and falling down. The research process over several residencies in 2013 and continuing into 2014, enhanced these initial starting points, with collaboration at the centre of how the work has evolved

More information and book here: Exeter Phoenix

Life Forces – Performance at Exeter Phoenix


Workshop with Jane Mason and Phil Smith

10.30-4.30 Sunday 12th October 2014

Emmanuel Hall, Emmanuel Road, Exeter.

Click here for details
Pay What You Can (Book Here)

Jane and Phil perform Life Forces together. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to some of our materials, opening up how we are continuously developing these materials to generate new responses between choreography, writing, interaction with objects and images.

The workshop is particularly geared to dance/theatre professionals and arts practitioners, and to anyone interested in collaborative performance making.

Workshop in Exeter with Jane Mason and Phil Smith


Dance UK’s Mentoring programme

Jane was nominated by Theatre Bristol for Dance UK’s mentoring scheme running from autumn 2014 to Spring 2015. She will be mentored by Nelson Fernandez OBE with a focus on developing future leadership skills.


Ideas Lab

Jane participated in a second week-long residential Lab at The Point as part of DanSce Dialogues II in July, working with American choreographer Liz Lerman. The Lab focused on creative tools to support our thinking and our work, and practice working with Liz’s ‘Critical Response Process’ of giving and receiving feedback.


Siobhan Davies Studios

4.30pm - 4th July 2014.

Jane hired the Siobhan Davies Roof Studio to perform a sharing of Life Forces for invited promoters and peers towards generating future structure and interest for the work.

Arm in Telegraph Pile


Lighting Lab

Jane participated in a week-long residential lab at The Point as part of DanSce Dialogues II in June (a cross channel exchange programme with Normandy). The Lab was led by French choreographer Christian Rizzo and his lighting collaborator Caty Olive. The workshop was open to two selected UK and french teams, Jane worked with current collaborator animator Magali Charrier. They used moving projection to generate lit environments developing choreographic material in relation to working with paper.


From Source to Spring

Digital War Memorial is a national project involving 10 library partners across the country. Responding to WW1 source material, Jane will work with a primary, youth and adult group in Cullompton in Devon, to explore material particularly associated with the town. The creative outcome will be uploaded onto the Digital War Memorial portal on 'History pin'.


A dance at home

Jane has been commissioned by Dance4’s 2014 Commission Collective to respond to the artistic brief of ‘a dance at home’. The work will take place in the autumn culminating in three events hosting in three different homes, each with a different focus around the wider relationships to home, place and community.


What_now 2014

Jane was selected as one of 20 artists to be resident at the Siobhan Davies Studios in April. what_now 2014, run by Independent Dance re-imagines the idea of a festival by hosting a group of 20 dance artists to explore processes of moving through collective practice and theory. What moves us, and how do we articulate and think through movement?


World Book Night

Jane was commissioned by Dance in Devon to create a site-specific dance work outside Exeter Central Station with Sixth Form students in April, to celebrate World Book Night and the opening of Exeter’s new city centre library.

World Book Night


We’ll Meet in Moscow

SW based writer Natalie McGrath invited Jane alongside sculptor Sophia Clist to collaborate on a new research project inspired by Russia’s banning of Gay Pride for 100 years. They've been working with actors Joey Haldon and Zelda Tinska. The first phase of research will culminate during Exeter’s Ignite festival in June.

We'll Meet in Moscow


Sifting

Jane took part in ‘Sifting’, a five-day workshop with Robert M Hayden (Ultima Vez) at Yorkshire Dance as part of the Juncture Festival, curated by Wendy Houstoun in March.

The workshop focused on the body as a 'total instrument'... working on physical actions, movement as theatrical act and the voice..."

Sifting


Watch This Space

7.30pm | 23rd January | Exeter Northcott
Jane and Phil will perform a 20 min excerpt of Life Forces in a shared programme of work developed in the SW.

Jane and Phil Dancing at Northcott


Residency working with Phil Smith

Kaleider supported Jane to spend a week at Exeter University in December to work with Phil Smith on the development of Life Forces. Jane and Phil met working with Blind Ditch. Sophia Clist and David Williams also joined the process. Phil and Jane performed a sharing at the end of the process to a positive response and will continue working in January to develop the work further.

Jane and Phil


Lunchtime Talk at Kaleider

Jane’s been invited to talk in a series of programmed lunchtime talks at Kaleider on 11 October. For her talk she would like to consider the idea of ‘doubt’ as being central to her ongoing practice.

Doubt


Elders and Youngers Dance Project

Working with primary children from Park School in Dartington in a project co-delivered with Sue Smith commissioned by Dance in Devon.

The sessions will culminate in a performance at SPACE Dartington in November.


This City’s Centre

3. Here, Now
17-21st September 2013

Collaborating artist and performer in a new Blind Ditch performance project directed by Paula Crutchlow.

Sited in a city centre office in the ‘heart of Exeter’ with live video streaming from city centre homes.

Part of Exeter’s Unexpected Festival 2013.

This City's Centre


Tennis Court Dance (working title)

Jane is undertaking research to develop ideas for a new site-specific dance piece to work with young sportsmen dancing with their dads.

Tennis Court Dance has received support from Kaleider.


LIFE FORCES - 2013

Jane received Arts Council funding to research and develop ideas for a new piece in 2013. Since January she’s been in residence at Bath ICIA, Pavilion Dance South West,The Point Eastleigh, Swindon Dance, Dartington SPACE and Choreodrome, The Place London.

Life Forces is a collaboration with London based filmmaker Magali Charrier and dramaturg/performer David Williams.

More information

Life Forces Jane Mason


This City’s Centre - 2013

Jane is choreographing and performing in Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre. Happening in and between the homes, streets and vistas of central Exeter, This City’s Centre is a contemporary portrait of an English rural city as seen through the windows of its residents.

Between February and September Blind Ditch will work together with Exeter residents, performers, digital artists and students to make three different art experiences – a sound-video installation, a map walk and a live performance as part of UNEXPECTED, Exeter City Council's Festival of Outdoor Arts.

This City's Centre


Wide Awake Devon’s Associate Producer Scheme - 2013

In January Jane was selected as one of four artists to be matched with with a new associate producer supported and funded by Wide Awake Devon.

The scheme is about investing in developing the producing culture in Devon offering support for Jane’s work for an eight month period.

Jane is working with Lizzy Pennington.


Lifeguard

Jane choreographed Adrian Howells’ new 2012 production LIFEGUARD - a co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Glasgow arts venue The Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust. The show was created and performed in the teaching pool of the Govanhill Baths, Glasgow followed by a three week run in October 2012.

… the impressionistic images take hold, be it the rough-and-tumble of dive-bombing boys, or the dreamy memory of standing naked in an Aegean rock pool. We are in the world of the civic amenity, but sometimes Lifeguard recalls the shimmering beauty of David Hockney's Californian poolside paintings.
Mark Fisher | Guardian

View LIFEGUARD here

Lifeguard


THEY TUCK YOU UP YOUR MUM AND DAD

Jane is currently collaborating on the 2012 research phase with filmmaker Rachel Davies for her new work THEY TUCK YOU UP YOUR MUM AND DAD for production and presentation in 2013.


Singer

Jane is performing Singer on 5th December at The Point, Eastleigh. Singer was created with collaborators dramaturg David Williams and composer Jules Maxwell at the Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre/Haute-Normandie and the Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie in Spring 2011 in the context of the DanSCe Dialogues Project 1.

Sewing Machine


Entitled

Jane choreographed Quarantine’s 2011 show Entitled. Following the success of their autumn tour, Entitled toured internationally in Spring 2012. Jane first collaborated with Director Richard Gregory in 1996 on The Waspt Factory for Northern Stage. Since then, she has collaborated on many of their productions to date including SUSAN and DARREN and Old People Children and Animals.

Entitled

 

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