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RAUW participation project

It’s been quite a year! This is not a body premiered and toured alongside Retina’s smaller scale production The boy who never grows old with overwhelming success. The company had a great time visiting England, Scotland and Belgium. If you didn’t manage to catch the work this year then check Retina’s event calendar to find a performance near you in 2008.

So to get you motivated for 2008, Retina has a participatory project for you to come and join us and dance.

RAUW www.rauwdans.be website”. From 4 to 9 February 2008, RAUW is a participatory project for anyone over age 14 up to professional dancer, based at ccBe in Antwerp, Belgium organised with Danspunt. A week intensive project with choreographer Filip Van Huffel and the Retina dancers, material will be created for a site specific performance in the whole building of ccBe, culminating on the stage.

Additionally there are three places available for placement students to assist the Retina company dancers and learn about the choreographic process. These places are only available to Dutch-English bilingual students.

RAUW website”
ccBe, Antwerp, Belgium
4 to 9 February 2008
Cost: 25 euro
There will be several groups working independently, depending on age and experience, so when registering please tick if you are available for the full time group from 10-4.30 each day or if you can only do the morning or evening sessions.

Places are limited, so please complete an application form as soon as possible.
Download an application form here:

Retina goes on tour

It’s that time of the year again and Retina is off on the road! Tomorrow 2 dancers journey to Scotland to teach 6 workshops before the rest of the company join them for two performances this weekend. The Boy who never grows old boy who never grows old info page” will be performed on Friday and This is not a body is not a body info page” on Saturday at The Byre Theatre Byre Theatre website” in St Andrews, Scotland. These performances are the beginning of the autumn tour that starts in Scotland, nips to Belgium and around the UK and finishes in Exeter before starting again in January 2008.

As well as performing Retina is teaching workshops in schools and centres around each venue, giving participants a chance to work with the company to get an insiders view of the work, working with the same choreographic devices used to make the performances. If you are interested in booking one of these workshops then contact us to find a suitable date.

Keep an eye on Retina’s website calendar calendar on website” to see where we are performing so that you can catch a show near you.

August Workshops

Filip is teaching a laboratory for professional dancers in Hamburg this summer. The three-day lab will incorporate daily class followed by a choreographic workshop that will include improvisation, repertory, solo and partner work. This laboratory is part of Dance Kiosk, a summer dance festival in Hamburg of performances and workshops. Filip was also commissioned to create a performance piece for the festival that will be performed on August 5th, 7th and 14th at Sprechwerk, Hamburg. For more info and registration please visit [Dance Kiosk](http://www.dancekiosk-hamburg.de/html/index.php“Dance Kiosk website”).

Filip is also teaching a summer school in Belgium for Terpsichore in Bornem. For anyone from age 15 to advanced level/professional this summer school has 5 international teachers and continues Terpsichore

New films available for viewing

Two new films, [This is not a body](http://www.retinadance.com/index.php/videos/show/this_is_not_a_body/“film page on website”) and [The boy who never grows old (PAGE1)](http://www.retinadance.com/index.php/videos/show/page_1/“film page on website”) , are now in our video collection for you to view. Both of these works are touring from Autumn 2007 to Summer 2008, so you can catch a preview before you see a live performance or make a booking.

This is not a body takes its inspiration from surrealism. Six exceptional dancers, intricate choreography, projected visual art, contemporary classical music and percussion combine to form an exhilarating work that has astounded audiences at its Belgian and UK premieres.

PAGE1 – The boy who never grows old explores the changing world of dancers as they leave the cushion of childhood to enter a new world of decisions and responsibilities. Fast paced, light-hearted, bizarre solos and breathtaking partner-work make this work fun and accessible. The performance is followed by an enlightening and entertaining lecture demonstration where the audience get to choreograph on the company.

Retina, This is not a body and The boy who never grows old are supported by Arts Council England

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