This is our last update of A Day In The Life of Indepen-dance for now, but you might have noticed there are some smashing people who have yet to share their blogs. So hopefully we’ll bring this back at a later date as its been such a great success.
With our last in the series, artistic director, Karen, shares an entire week and we think it’s fascinating to hear the variety of things she gets up to.
A Week In The Life Of Karen
I went to the Hidden Garden to put the floor down in our Tipi, which was featuring in a BBC Drama which was being filmed all week in the garden.
I started my day with a site visit to Sighthill to check the performance space for Indepen-dance 4 who will perform their new show 4 Go Wild in Wellies as part of the Mela on Your Doorstep event on Saturday.
The remainder of Tuesday was spent in the office finishing off reports to The Robertson Trust and Shared Care who fund Indepen-dance.
Every Wednesday I always start my day by picking up 3 dancers who attend our Adult Performance Class, I pick them up from home and drop them at Tramway, I left the dancers and went to a sound hire company to pick up equipment for an outdoor performance later in the afternoon then picked up more sound equipment which was generously donated by Confidance. I went back to Tramway to have a meeting with some carers who will travel to Belfast with us in June to support our dancers on a creative dance residency and then I went the nursery school in the park to set up for a practice of an outdoor performance (first time for this show). Myself and the 2 stage managers Jamie and Brian laid a dance floor on top of the school astro turf – before this I had to comb the astro turf for any sharp objects like sticks and stones, I found a few squashed blueberries, cherry tomatoes and other interesting things which all had to be lifted before laying the floor.
The performance went extremely well, the weather stayed dry (thank goodness) and the children loved the show, they especially loved the part when the other dancers hide from Neil in their tents and he tries to work out where they went, the children were telling Neil to “LOOK IN THE TENTS!!! LOOK IN THE TENTS!!!” The head teacher was delighted with the show and said she’ll definitely have us back again.
I had to help pack up the van at the end of the day and take the sound system back to the hire company, when I got home I washed all the costumes, hung them up and went out to see a show in the DIG programme. Wednesday was a long day but really varied and enjoyable.
Today I went to see a venue which our Adult Performance Company are performing in at the end of the month, it’s a secret Flashmob so I can’t say very much about this except it’s going to be really great.
I bought 29 return tickets for our bus journey to Belfast today for our creative residency later in June, the lady was laughing about the amount of tickets her machine was spitting out and she was trying really hard to fold them all up for me to take away.
I also bought a train ticket to go to London as I’m off to see Amici Dance Company perform ‘Tightrope’ at the Hammersmith Lyric on the 26th May.
Tonight I need to go back to the Tramway to pick up the flooring for the Tipi. The film company are going to make a nice donation to Indepen-dance for borrowing it.
I’m meeting with our Chair Mairi Brackenridge today at 9.30, we have regular meeting to discuss the regular business of Indepen-dance.
I will leave the office at 12.30 to go to Tramway to attend an event called ‘In Conversation’ organised by The Workroom. I’ll be staying at Tramway until late into the evening as I’m going to see Joan Cleville’s new show, The North.
It’s been a good week.