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Professional Development Weekend with Filip Van Huffel


A two-day professional development workshop directed by Filip Van Huffel for professional dancers, choreographers dance teachers, final year university students and graduate dancers.

This workshop is specifically geared towards gaining new skills and developing personal working methodologies to create dance material, choreograph and structure movement material into new and challenging ways.

This workshop takes place over Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February in Nottingham. 

Day 1: Learning
Session 1: 10am- 11.30am
Retina style technique class taught by Filip Van Huffel. The focus is on connectivity through the body, freedom of movement, dynamic movement content and floorwork.

Session 2: 11.45am- 1pm
Filip will introduce choreographic working methodologies, improvisation techniques and devices used by Retina Dance Company. You’ll learn material and look at how this material can be used, developed and integrated into a specific choreographic way.

Session 3: 1.45pm 3.30pm
You’ll be guided to look at how personal movement can be developed using the working methodologies introduced in the morning session. Retina’s distinct approach to partnerwork will also be introduced, using specific improvisation techniques and taught material.

Session 4: 3.45pm – 4.30pm
A discussion about structuring dance material, look at why, what and how of choreography. Through structured debate and brainstorming the content of day one will be evaluated and this will help to shape the content of day two.

Day 2: Into Practice
Session 1: 10am- 11.30am
Retina style technique class taught by Filip Van Huffel. The focus is on connectivity through the body, freedom of movement, dynamic movement content and floorwork.

Session 2: 11.45am – 1pm
Everyone will work together in small groups to create their own concepts and choreographic ideas. Guided by Filip, you’ll develop a concept and working plan to create a joined performance.

Session 3: 1.45pm – 3.30pm
With a focus on choreography you’ll work in small groups to create material, using choreographic devices, developing the material in various forms and structuring the material into a short work, there will also be some focus on problem solving.

Session 4: 3.45pm – 4.30pm: Sharing.
At the end of day two there will be an informal sharing where the work will be presented to an interested group of peers and professionals followed by an informal discussion and the opportunity to ask questions.

All sessions will take place at Oak Field School and Sports College, Wigman Road, Nottingham NG8 3HW. (Google map)

Cost: £30 both days / £20 one day. This includes a ticket to the UK premiere of Corporalis at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday 19 February at 8pm.

Please download a registration form, complete and email back to Retina or drop off at reception at College Street Centre before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 15 February. 

Site Specific Workshop (Nottingham)

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This two-day workshop will focus initially on technique and training, moving onto the devising of performance in relation to determined spaces before working towards a final piece to be performed in a public space at Nottingham Playhouse ahead of the UK premiere of Retina's latest work, Corporalis. 

This workshop is open to people at all levels of dance experience, but you must be aged 14 or over. (No upper age limit!)

Cost £30 per person. This fee includes a ticket to the UK premiere of Corporalis at 8pm.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February - 10am-4pm - workshop
Tuesday 19 February - 6.30pm (tbc) - rehearsal and performance.

The weekend workshop will take place at a Nottingham venue to be confirmed. The rehearsal and performance on Tuesday 19 February will take place at Nottingham Playhouse. 

To register your place please complete a workshop application form and send back to Retina via email or drop off at College Street Centre reception in an envelope clearly marked Retina Dance Company before the deadline of Friday 8 February.

If your family and friends want to come and watch you perform they will need to buy a ticket for the Corporalis performance. Tickets start from £8.50. Call Nottingham Playhouse Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or book online.  

Perform with Retina in Layers of Skin (Wellingborough)

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Retina is offering professional dancers and dance enthusiasts the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside the Retina company dancers at the performance of Layers of Skin at The Castle, Wellingborough on Thursday 28 February.

For professional dancers this is a great opportunity to fine tune your technique and get involved in some choreography. For dance enthusiasts, you don't need any specialist dance skills to get involved, just enthusiasm and a willingness to take part.

Everyone aged 12 and over with an interest in dance performance is welcome. Retina has been touring Layers of Skin across the UK since autumn 2011. This is what one of our previous participants had to say about their experience:

"I learnt more at a Retina residency than I have in two years at college." Krystal Campbell 


Rehearsals for professional dancers

  • Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 February: 10am-4pm  

Rehearsals for dance enthusiasts

  • Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 February: 5pm-8pm 

Rehearsals for all

  • Wednesday 27 February: 5pm-8pm 
  • Thursday 28 February: from 2pm 

Fees: £60 for professionals and £40 for enthusiasts.

All rehearsals will take place at The Castle, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA. Call the venue on 01933 270 007 for directions and travel information.

Download, complete and send back the appropriate form:

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 December. Please send your completed form to Retina's Education Manager, Matthew Slater via email.

Retina is holding the selection process at The Castle on Saturday 12 January which will involve a Retina-style workshop to give us an opportunity to see you move and make selections. We are looking for a range of ages and abilities and this selection process is not a formal audition but a friendly and informal movement workshop!

For any queries or to get more information about this opportunity please contact Retina's Education Manager Matthew Slater via email.

Layers of Skin will be performed at The Castle on Thursday 28 February.

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