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The first year of the programme recruited three North West based dance artists, who took part in paid, bespoke professional development and reflection as well as receiving a commission with support, to develop their own dance work.
Wildfire Rising Year 1 is made up of three elements:
1.Bespoke Artist Development support:
Cheshire Dance and Movema will work with each individual artist to devise a package of bespoke support to nurture and develop their practice. This will be facilitated mostly by trainers and professionals from African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian diasporas.
Within the professional development element (£1k), we will expect Associate Artists to engage in:
This support package will be designed in direct response to the artists’ needs/ambitions and may include activities such as:
Cheshire Dance and Movema are Executive Members of Dance Consortia North West and both can use this network to advocate and generate further support for the selected artists.
Cheshire Dance and Movema will award each Artist a £1.5k commission towards the realisation of their own individual artistic project.
This £1.5k is intended to be used as match funding (alongside the in-kind development support) to lever additional financial support from other sources, including potentially ACE Project Grants.
The project can be in any area of practice (performance, professional development, participation) but must have a connection to one of our communities of interest as participants, audience or beneficiaries.
Cheshire Dance currently works with older adults, people with learning disabilities, children and young people, dance and dementia, dance in health and care settings, and outdoor dance (Now Northwich International Dance and Street Arts Festival).
Movema works with young people, families, people seeking asylum, refugees and vulnerable migrants, people experiencing mental health issues and at outdoor events.
Linking the project to our programmes and one of our communities of interest enables us to best support the artists and develop practice and thus the experience for the people and communities with whom we work.
We are interested in supporting new ideas, new models of engagement, innovative and alternative practices and approaches. In supporting new ways of working we in turn develop our own knowledge and understanding whilst deepening and broadening the dance experiences available for communities.
3. Reflection Phase:
Cheshire Dance and Movema are committed to learning from and with the Wildfire Rising Associate Artists throughout the process. This learning is important for us to better understand the needs of artists and to develop our artist development programmes and wider offer.
£1k is available for the artist to take part in 5 days of reflective activities with Cheshire Dance and Movema that focus on our organisations, programmes and the support and development the Associate Artists have received and what is needed moving forwards.
Classical and ethnic forms. She graduated in 2021 with a Masters in Creative Dance Education – with a focus on Chinese dance education in the UK at University level, this was at Salford University.With 10 years experience of Chinese dance education & choreography and a strong background in dance and cultural collaboration projects, Xiaowei is passionate about developing ways of connecting and working with local communities. A proud Chinese woman, proudly living in England, Xiaowei has a particular interest in Chinese classical and western contemporary dance. Her identity, heritage and culture inform the decisions she makes and the way she lives her life.
Xiaowei has produced international work that has toured the UK. She is the Creative Director of Arts of China and is an Associate Artist on the Cheshire Dance and Movema Wildfire Associate Artist Development Programme (2021).Xiaowei set up Arts of China dance company in 2011, which aims to teach Chinese dance classes, produce Chinese dance events and performances. The company is based in Manchester and works with a pool of international freelancers who lead in different forms of dance.Xiaowei intends to study a PhD Intercultural Dance at Salford University, beginning in 2022.
During the Wildfire Rising programme, Xiaowei:
Sabrina Is a Liverpudlian from the African diaspora who is passionate about working with youth and community groups with the focus of removing barriers to access.Sabrina is a freelance dance artist wanting to deepen and develop work in the community by using world dance styles and commercial street dance. She has been teaching and dancing for over 30 years with and for the Liverpool community.For the past 2 years she have been focusing on developing and deepening understanding of world dance styles and how it can be a tool for engaging with young dancers and communities.
During the Wildfire rising Programme Sabrina has been:
Addae is from Trinidad and Tobago but is now based in Liverpool. Addae is a multidisciplinary artist, trained in Caribbean dance styles, carnival costume design and creative writing. Addae looks to develop his artistic practice to combine dance, choreography and words as a method of storytelling and to create a resource for dance from the African Diaspora.
To consult a review and recommendations by Inc Arts UK on the Wildfire Rising Associate Artist Year 1 Programme, please click here. To view a complete Evaluation Summary Report for Year 1 from Cheshire Dance and Movema, please click here.
Movema celebrates diversity through dance, creating safe spaces for different communities to come together and learn about each other through high-quality arts experiences.
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‘Wildfire Rising’ is an associate artist programme from Cheshire Dance and Movema that looks to remove barriers of inequality by investing in and supporting dance artists from African, South, East and South East Asian diasporas to make way for the rising of their artistry, representation and development.