This page is a simple archive of things that I’ve been in, in various roles.
York Peace Dance 2018
A ritual dance for peace, Sunday 6th May 2018
What does the word Peace mean for you?
In your own life and in the world?
York Peace Dance is an action for peace: for world peace, for personal peace.
York Peace Dance comes out of Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance via Misha Horacek’s Planetary Dance London. It draws on the London dance, but is its own offshoot (more below). We thank members of the Spiritual Jazz Orchestra for joining us.
Anna Halprin: “What you must do while creating CIRCLE THE EARTH is remain true to what you trust, and respect the truth and trust of others”.
To watch, to witness, turn up at 3pm, no booking needed. The role of watcher, of witness, is as important as the role of mover or music maker, so please come along!
If you would like to move, and all are welcome, we are meeting at 1pm at York Steiner School, YO10 4PB, at the sports hall side entrance. It’s bare feet or clean indoor shoes for the sports hall.The dance itself at 3pm is outside on grass, and involves continuous movement for an hour, as you move at will between running, jogging and walking, so be prepared for this (sitting in the centre is also possible). Wear what suits you. Please contact Ian if you are joining us.
Preparation you can do before (for movers and watchers):
“What does the word peace mean for me, in my life and in the world?” With this question, spend some time (10 to 60 mins) moving, indoors or outside, with or without music, as suits you. Then paint or draw. Then write. See what happens. Each mover will loudly say a phrase “I run for ……..”.
York Peace Dance is facilitated by Milena Dragic and Ian Howie, who have been working since 2016 with Misha Horacek, who trained with Anna Halprin to create instances of the Planetary Dance. Misha has very generously allowed us take what suited us from the London dance, and change other elements as felt right.
“I first heard of the Planetary Dance in November 2015 when I was reading Anna Halprin’s Moving Toward Life. I’d seen the book in Leeds at a workshop led by dancer Marie Hallager Andersen, and loved the title. The idea of a community ritual peace dance intrigued me a lot, and it turned out that a friend had been in a workshop in California with Anna Halprin about it. I looked online and got in touch with Misha Horacek, who trained with Anna to lead new incarnations of the dance, including Planetary Dance London.”
Milena Dragic website – milena-dragic.co.uk
Misha Horacek website – mishahoracek.com
The official Planetary Dance website – planetarydance.org
Queer Space performance
I was on the line-up in a queer mental health fundraiser in a bar in York organised by York Queer Women and Gender Group. There were lots of acts – poetry, spoken word, comedy, music. I’d had nearly two months to prepare my own piece, and I wrote this blurb a few weeks before it – “I’m thinking that queerness IS space, that it produces space for me outside the categories of gender, sexuality and sex that I’ve grown up with. I’m also thinking that the body is where important truths and realities seem to live, and that improvisation is a good way to discover them.” On the night it felt a bit different – more like an invocation of Queer Space, and certainly a celebration! Thanks to Roosa Aliisa for the still image.
Sustaining a London Peace Dance 2017
Offered in place of the cancelled Planetary Dance London 2017. Please note the new date and location. 3pm to 5pm, Sunday 17th September – The Bandstand, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NT. Meet at the bandstand at 3pm and we’ll discuss where exactly to go.
This is for those interested in Misha Horacek’s Planetary Dance London, which took place in 2015 and 2016. Misha can’t be in London this year so it has been cancelled. This action is to keep things simmering, with the hope that Planetary Dance London will happen again next year. Any one else who is interested is also very welcome. We are meeting on the Sunday before International Peace Day.
We will carry out a short ritual-type action that we plan and agree together, with the intention of keeping the London peace dance simmering until next year. We can then spend some time together – dancing, singing, eating, drawing, or something. This is a co-created event!
In 2013 Misha Horacek (Canadian-Czech performance artist of international standing) trained with Anna Halprin and James Nixon at Tamalpa Institute in California to lead new incarnations of Planetary Dance. In 2015 she founded Planetary Dance London, which was repeated in 2016. The hope is for it to happen again in 2018.
Meeting, by York Dance Collective
This was part of Dance It Up North, September 2017, a celebration of dance at York Theatre Royal, for Yorkshire Dance’s York and North Yorkshire Dance Hub. I initiated and framed (picked the music) this co-created piece.
Contemporary Dance sequence for
York Symphony by Marinella Senatore
York Symphony is a film portrait of the city, commissioned in summer 2017 by York Art Gallery, where it is on show until May 2018. More here. I led an outdoor improvised sequence for the film.
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:
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:
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.