Saturday, 31 March 2012

First sightings & slick moves

What a great night last night!
It was Aamir's first sight of the real thing... people dancing to Motown and Northern Soul at Colne Muni.
We got a superb view of some amazing old school dancers with some absolutely fantastic moves from the era of Wigan casino etc.
It was lovely to see Wendy and her husband Roman (a top DJ) who later played 'Beggin' by Timebox for Aamir, what a nice surprise. We even had our photo's taken by Wendys friend, who is also a great dancer.
Everyone had a brilliant time and now that Aamir has seen how it should be done, he promises to have a go next time... and who knows, perhaps I will too.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Wycoller Country Park

Today we had a picnic at one of East Lancashires best loved beauty spots... Wycoller.
Kerry and I joined James and his family in sharing a picnic with French artist Marco Dessardo.
James' well cute children enjoyed the ducks and we enjoyed the food and sunny spells whilst learning to say 'quack-quack' in Polish.

It was a steep walk back up the hill to the car park afterwards... phew!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

From one field to another.

Ok, so now we have an expert on hand to tell us where our feet should be and how we should be moving and so on.

Meet Sharon from Danceology in Huddersfield, she works with Tina and Kenny doing dance classes of all types and styles and most importantly, she is going to help us improve our dance techniques.
You can check out her website here danceology

Saturday, 17 March 2012

First Northern Soul Steps

Ok, so we put some classic tracks on and just went with the flow 'Beggin' by Timebox.
and 'Needle in a Haystack' by The Velvelettes. We soon got warmed up..
 and tried out some of our own moves with the old school tunes.
 Martin starts to feel the pressure of learning the new language of Northern Soul.
Suddenly, Aamir finds his groove and starts relaxing into some smooth footwork...
 Martin checks over his shoulder at the breakthrough and...
steps into the same groove... now thats progress!
time for a celebratory headstand.

Well done lads!

Karen Bertonaschi AKA Bert

We have had the privilege of Bert (an artist from Texas) staying in Pendle to scope out a project in summer. She was most impressed by the beautiful countryside and just how big the area is. She stayed in Foulridge so had the pleasure of the bus journey through Colne and Nelson on her way to Brierfield.

She already had some ideas about her project before she arrived and is going back to Houston and Project Row Houses with lots of fresh information about our area and how it can inform her ideas.

Thanks for being a great guest Bert and we hope to see you and the rest of the gang from Project Row Houses very soon.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

In-conversation 003

An overcast but fine day allowed a lovely walk and talk with In-Situ artist and Project Row Houses visitor Bert.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

what’s the bigger picture?

so many ideas
almost too many ideas
so many
ideas are cheap
they are easy to come by
mind is empty; it is no thing. it exists only in its ideas, and these again are no things (gregory bateson)
it’s not the ideas that count
it’s the doing
carrying an idea around in your head
or in a sketch book
or similar
has no significance
in the world
which ideas would have significance?
is that what i’ve been waiting on?
a significant idea?
an idea that will resonate with a community?
an idea that would make sense
not offend

it’s time to begin
to bring
to being
i will begin
where least harm can be done

- one could argue -
harm has already been one
- one could argue  -
healing has begun
to take root

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Flat Shoes & Trainers - No High Heels

I played some classic Northern Soul tracks for Aamir and the group to listen to at NYC. I remember hearing 'Needle in a Haystack' for the first time over 30 years ago at the same venue, although back then it was in the single storey prefab building.

Today we are listening to it in a purpose built dance studio on the very same site and the young people love it all the same.

Aamir kindly put his birthday celebrations on hold to chat to me about the similarities between current dance floor moves and 'old-school' manoeuvres.

Happy Birthday Aamir and thanks for your time.