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28 July 2017

Remember Carnival Messiah? Anna wants to Speak to you!

Hi, my name is Anna. I’m currently studying English and Sociology at the University of Leeds, and am lucky to have the opportunity of working with the Geraldine Connor Foundation over the next two years as part of the Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS). Over the summer I’m exploring the impact and legacy of Geraldine’s creation ‘Carnival Messiah’, with a particular focus on the production at Harewood House in 2007.

Anna

Carnival Messiah was widely praised for its community engagement, bringing professionals, semi-professionals locals and international artists on to one stage. To this day the foundation is inundated with stories of the effect Carnival Messiah had on individuals.

I’m interested in learning from artists, participants and audiences about their experiences, the influence the production had on their lives, and also their personal memories in order to try and capture the joy of the production. In building an archive of material about ‘Carnival Messiah’, not only am I hoping to record and celebrate its legacy, but I’m also hoping to demonstrate the importance of the arts more generally. Especially in a time when funding is being cut at every corner, I believe that the arts should be valued in all walks of life, both as a creative outlet and as a powerful tool for personal growth and social change.

If you took part in Carnival Messiah, or even if you simply went to see it and would like to share your experience then we’d love to hear it. Get in touch by emailing info@gcfoundation.co.uk with your name, contact details and a brief description of how you were involved, and we’ll go from there.

 

I hope to hear from you soon!

Anna

 

 

6 July 2017

Accepting CV’s for Performers and Singers

The Geraldine Connor Foundation are seeking Singer and Performances for 2 ‘pop-up’ style performances in Leeds.

Applicants can be professional, semi-professional or students but must have a strong singing voice. You must also have experience of performing in character. You can be based in Leeds, across Yorkshire or work nationally.

Please send your CV to SELINA@GCFOUNDATION.CO.UK in order to receive your Casting Call invitation.

You MUST be available for the following dates:

• 1st Casting call – Friday 14th July in Leeds
• Rehearsals 31st July – 4th August in Leeds
• Performance 26th August in Leeds
• Performance 16th September in Leeds

 

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27 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Artist: Akeim Buck and Omari Swanston-Jeffers

We interviewed Akeim Buck and Omari Swanston-Jeffers about their careers so far and what to expect from their Creative Café on ‘Physical Theatre‘ on Thursday 30th March 2017.

Credit: Robling Photography
Credit: Robling Photography

How did you become an artist?

Akeim: It’s only since last year that I got used to saying ‘I’m an artist’. After graduating from Northern Contemporary Dance school I decided that I wouldn’t pursue other careers. It was trial and error for a while, whilst I was studying I tried to do other weekend jobs but they never seemed to work for me, whereas dancing, leading workshops and working with kids seemed to come naturally.

Omari: I’ve always been an artist, but professionally I suppose once I graduated from university and started working. I had work as a runner in tv for a while but during uni I started getting paid for dance and teaching and other skills, since I graduated I’ve been getting more and more paid work.

Who and what inspires you?

Akeim: Bob Marley is one of my biggest inspirations. My mum is an inspiration and then just people and their stories. The work itself inspires me because I try to stay true to it and create new work always trying to compete with myself to be better.

Omari: My biggest inspiration is my grandad, he came from the Caribbean and was able to build up a great family and provide for them and then, when he was older he moved back to the Caribbean and built his own house. My surroundings inspire my art, I look at different artists and different music. I find a lot of inspiration in black/afro-Caribbean culture, but not to the exclusion of other cultures.

What was the proudest moment of your career?

Akeim: Recently a piece I was successful in a grant application, there was an audience member who was a 1st generation Greek who watched the piece 3 times, first when it was just a rough draft, secondly when I posted something online and then most recently the completed piece. He told me that it ‘made him want to do something’, the man made a mix for the people of Aleppo. It showed that we don’t have to shout and scream to be activists, instead we can use our natural skills to do something for others as well as ourselves. I was really proud that it was my work that helped him to get to that place.

Omari: Graduating from Roehampton University with a first-class degree in Creative Writing.

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

Akeim: Getting people and organisations, to believe in and trust you. Getting Arts Council funding is touch, when you do you feel like you’re a child who is finally get recognition and becoming an adult.
If you want to be seen as a professional and taken seriously you have to know what you want. If you don’t, what other people think of you and want from you will end up defining who you are as an artist. When you get feedback you have to think about what to take on board and what you should leave aside. Ask yourself if it aligns with your vision, and what you want. You are the artist not the art so try not to get to precious about your work or objectify yourself.

Omari: Financially sustaining themselves. It’s important to be a business person as well an artist.

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

Akeim: To build your confidence in devising movement as an actor as well as taking direction and being honest and truthful with the directions you are given.

Omari: Lots of fun, lots of learning and lots of skill and passion.

Where can we find out more?

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

To find out more about Akeimcheck out the following links:

http://toussainttomove.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ToussaintToMove/

https://www.instagram.com/toussainttomove/

To find out more about Omari why not check out his sites?

http://olmanproductions.wixsite.com/olmanswanny  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTg94qHtdsjLxrpckv4-GUA

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20 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Artist: Sammie Rutter

We interviewed Sammie Rutter about her career so far and what to expect from her Creative Café on ‘Street Dance’ on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
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How did you become an artist?

I have danced since the age of 3, taking part in community classes such as ballet, tap and modern. I soon began dancing competitively and was often placed in medal positions. This sparked my passion in dance and I went on to study a BTEC in Performance and then a dance degree.

Who and what inspires you?

Many things such as art, music, inspire me daily, other choreographers work but most of all, I am inspired by the students I work with, each group has their own style, strengths and flavour which is why each piece I create is so different.

What was the proudest moment of your career?

Recently, a group I teach at Leeds City College have auditioned and been accepted for FRESH 2017 and Breakin’ Convention Salford. I was extremely proud because many of the students involved have not performed in anything of this size before.

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

I think it is so difficult for young artists to access training, there are so many classes around but these can often be too expensive for them. Also, the competition has grown, particularly since the rise of TV talent shows, the amount of people auditioning for dance jobs has grown significantly.

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

Lots of fun and lots of energy.

Where can we find out more about you?

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

And don’t forget to Follow Sammie’s dance group! @EXPLOSIVE-UK

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13 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Associate Artist: Claudio Kron Do Brazil

We interviewed our Creative Associate Claudio Kron about his career so far and what to expect from his Creative Café on ‘Rhythm and Percussion’ on Thursday 16th March 2017.
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How did you become an artist?

C: I become an artist by curiosity and the urge and need to entertain myself and others subsequently.

Who and what inspires you?

C: People, nature, politics, history, geography, sounds, innovation, arts as an educational source

What was the proudest moment of your career?

C: In terms of grand performances and achievements!  When I took part in REFLECTIONS 200 years of abolition of the slavery trade in Ghana, alongside great artists including Geraldine Connor, Mustapha Tettey Addy, Hugh Massekela, London Gospel Choir in the presence of Ghana’s president John Kufuor
Also when I performed to the Brazilian president Lula da Silva in London and Accra.
Other times when I see people who somehow I know I had contributed.
My children engaging in my music passion, Not just for the sake for them been performance artist but to know something about music and arts

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

C: Many challenges, however the challenges are what make us a better artist! Not suffering

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

C: My passion to aspect of the art I see it as a whole!  Wanting to be part of it somehow!
In this one off workshop I want to show many things that affect the arts direct and indirectly! Links between Bahia the place I come from Brasil and Africa.
Demonstration of: Percussion, interactive songs, techniques, stories

Where can we find out more?

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

You can discover more about Claudio and his work at his websites:

www.claudiokron.com

www.papajaca.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJsaZEKDPe96pQx0T6wdmw

Or contact him for a chat via
Twitter: @claudiokron

 

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