This page is a simple archive of various things that I’ve been in, in various roles.

Performers Wanted

Do you enjoy dancing (maybe just in your kitchen)? Are you interested in performing?

Adults of all ages, body types and kinds of experience wanted – for short performance at York Theatre Royal on 13th September. We’ll work together to create the piece, using our own moves, with performance and improvisation techniques from contemporary dance.

Dancing in Light by York Dance Collective, 2015
Dancing in Light by York Dance Collective, 2015. Image by David Galsworthy

Initial rehearsals start in June, with the main series on Sunday afternoons in August. They are all free. If you’re at all interested, then please get in touch with me. Also, see Facebook updates at York Dance Collective.

The performance on 13th September is part of a night called Dance It Up North, supported by York Theatre Royal and Yorkshire Dance, to promote dance in York and North Yorkshire. More later!

New – workshop dates confirmed.
Initial taster sessions
Sundays 2pm to 5pm, 9th & 23rd July, at Poppleton Rd, York, YO26 4GB. Please contact me for the exact location. You’re very welcome to these whether or not you’re interested in the performance.

Main performance workshops
Sundays 2pm to 5pm, 6th August to 10th September inclusive, in central York, YO31 7EX. Please contact me for the exact location.
These are for people who intend to be in the performance, but you can come along for a couple and see how it goes. Ideally you can make all the dates, but it’s not essential – I’m happy to discuss things.

Technical Rehearsals, Monday 11th September at York Theatre Royal, hopefully in the evening.
Performance, Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm, with possibility of stage time that afternoon.

We won’t have the light projection this time and it’ll be a different feel, but this is something I made with friends for Illuminating York 2015.

Initial rehearsal space supported by SLAPyork.

Art & Rose blog on Democratic Clay – From The Sublime To The Meticulous

Democratic Clay
by Chris Beale and Ian Howie

Saturday 10 June 2017, 2pm to 4pm – Main Ceramics Space, York Art Gallery

Free with gallery entrance, part of Day of Clay 2017. All ages welcome.

Democratic Clay is a show about making things in clay, together.

It’s a show that invites you to watch two people make, and to listen to their conversation. And to join in and have your own say, in clay and words.

We wonder, what will it be like to do this in the gallery of Britain’s biggest collection of studio pottery?

What will we make?

What will we talk about?

And what will we see, when we look at what we’ve made?

These are some of the questions behind Democratic Clay, a work devised especially for Day of Clay 2017 at York Art Gallery.

Chris and Ian have worked together since 2015 and share interests in dance and movement. They both have histories with clay, as artist and potter respectively. They hope you find some pleasure in watching, listening, making and talking.

Supported by SLAPyork through subsidised rehearsal space.

Crumplehorns music videos

It was a great pleasure to be in these two videos, made for Crumplehorns by Maethelyiah.

Gerry Turvey and Tara Baker – Dancing Through The Landscape

Gerry Turvey and Tara Baker led the Dancing Through the Landscape project at Temple Newsam near Leeds for 6 weeks in summer 2016. We danced in the house and gardens once a week for 6 weeks, making a piece for public performance. It was part of a national celebration of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth.

Dance Me Who You Are, June 2016
This was a proposal to perform in Precarious Assembly at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. It wasn’t accepted, but I got a lot from making the sketch, in my kitchen. The full proposal text is in the Youtube page.

You and Me, Leeds 2016

Performance film by Milena Dragic:

Original promotion:

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You and Me

Newk, 7.30pm Wednesday 11th May,
Live Art Bistro, Leeds

We meet and we meet and we meet. Encountering each other anew, we stay receptive and give attention to what comes our way. Intuition and impulse are given time and space. Our bodies move. We move.

The story we have to tell is the story that emerges between the two of us in the moment. Neither we nor the audience quite know what’s coming next, and in that sense we are all equals, experiencing the unfolding of this performance for the one and only time.

Chris Beale and Ian Howie practise various forms of dance. This is their first improvised duet. Duration: 12 minutes approx.

Dancing in Light, York 2015

Photos by David Galsworthy here.

Film by a friend:

Original promotion:

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Dancing in Light

Friday 30th October 2015, 6pm-7.30pm

Kiosk Project Space, 41 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF (opposite Fossgate Social)

New: Watch the Trailer

Come and witness the profoundly ecstatic, healing and joyful experience of emotionally-connected dance. Watch from the street as seven dancers dance through a sequence of intense, hand-created, coloured light projections, in an exploration of colour, movement and the emotions.

The debut performance by York Dance Collective,
with scenario and colour projection by Ian Howie.

Free, watch from the street. Part of Illuminating York 2015.
Facebook: York Dance Collective