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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Autumn/Winter 2018: Our Freestyle Dance Project

Here's some choreography generated from a series of freestyle,
fun dance workshops for 9 and 10 year olds. The homemade soundtrack
is inspired by the well known "Cup Song" piece.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

I'm working on an exciting new project.  It involves a human pyramid. "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" will require 6 young dancers & we'll show it during Art on the Hill 2018.  Below is a copy of my flyer.  You might need to click and enlarge it 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Creative dance and music in black and white

Following our Emotional Wellbeing Children and Families project last year at Victoria Park Baptist Church, we're happy to be continuing our work with a series of creative dance and music workshops, being pioneered here by enthusiastic Year 4 students.  

Did I mention bass guitar?  Well,'s there in the mix alongside djembe drum, shruti box and voice.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Bass-ically...we're working on a new project

All might seem a bit quiet of late - but the lower frequencies of gyroscopic are resounding to the sound of my BASS playing.  All part of a new project, resting in the assurance of a booming bass-line and the guarantee of more community fun in 2018.

Friday, 3 November 2017

'Musical Words A-G' Before and After

So, here's what we planned: A series of workshops for the first 
weekend in October - traditionally this is Art on the Hill Weekend
our community arts trail for Windmill Hill and surrounding 
neighbourhoods in South Bristol: 

Flyer for our Arts Weekend Multi-Arts Workshops. Pictured: Colin Smith, pianist

We had a lot of fun, particularly on the Saturday when
Colin Smith provided the musical entertainment, all inspired
by our words from the musical scale A-G.  The participants, 
mostly children, were great sports and the dance moves from the
fantastic stories they created were particularly entertaining. 

Moreover here's what we got:  A Musical Words A-G 
community collage! Now in the Charles Padfield Centre, 
next to Victoria Park Baptist Church BS3 5DA:

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Breathless...With A Thought

Theresa's thought poem

Thoughts And Earworms - our Emotional Wellbeing Families project, with an emphasis on Primary-school-aged children

"Breathless. With a thought. Ideas. Balloons, bubbles, bursting. Beginnings".

This is Theresa's 'thought poem'.  Others of us have been sharing our 'thought songs' or general earworms...songs that won't go away.

The words have particular significance for Theresa and I like them.  So they have become the lynchpin of our Emotional Wellbeing Project (see previous post) involving *live music, dance, artwork* and lots of balloons and bubbles.

Our Happy Happenings and serious thoughts are all taking place at Victoria Park Baptist Church, Bristol.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thought Bubbles

All workshops are taking place at Victoria Park Baptist Church.
Thoughts and Earworms

- our Bristol City Council funded Emotional Wellbeing project for children and families - is going well.  On Sunday we held a visual arts-based workshop called 'Thought Bubbles'.  People of various ages had a great time making a paint and washing-up liquid mixture, which then translated into wonderful bubble paintings. 

We've created work that'll go on the walls in time for our presentation of *live music and dance*, which we look forward to showing on Sunday 9th July.


Coming soon to the EWF Children & Families 'Thoughts and Earworms' project :
'Thought Paintings', a visual arts workshop using acrylics and oils.  For example: the bird in the picture BELOW feels lonely.   There's an open padlock, made of gold, with a rusty chain which, to the outside eye, might represent freedom.  But sometimes feelings are so strong, we cannot escape them. We understand how feelings are not always bright and happy.  This project - and the things we are discussing - has been endorsed by the organisations below:

A lonely bird standing in dirty dark surroundings with a broken padlock and rusty chain nearby
Lonely Bird from original by JJ