Information Pack 2023
Hello and welcome to the 2023 Freefall Dance Summer Intensive Information Pack.
This is a short guide, designed to give you information about the intensive, timetabling, some pointers and directions to find your way around Falmouth and Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) during the intensive, helping to make the most of your stay.
Included in this pack is a host of information that should make your stay in Falmouth that bit easier, including top tips for travelling to and from AMATA, tried and tested knowledge of the best places for a bite to eat and places to unwind at the end of the day.
We hope you have a fantastic stay and get a
chance to sample the wealth of Cornish food, drink, entertainment and hopefully some summer sun that is right on your doorstep.
Charlotte & Grace
Meet the artists
We are excited to bring national/international artists down to teach various workshops as part of a weekend/3 day event in Cornwall. Find out more about our 2023 artists below.
FEET OFF THE GROUND
Robyn Holder & Patricia Zafra
ABOUT FEET OFF THE GROUND:
Feet off the Ground creates transformative, relatable outdoor dance productions which comment on socio-political issues through a feminist lens. The work reflects the company’s collective belief in the therapeutic benefit of movement, human connection and touch, and their democratic and collaborative approach to creating and teaching dance.
The collective have been delivering contact improvisation and partnering workshops for over a decade within the professional, education and community sectors both nationally and internationally.
Feet off the Ground are proud to present an ensemble solely managed and performed by women.
ABOUT THE CLASS:
A Contact improvisation and Partnering workshop led by Feet off the Ground collective members Robyn Holder and Patricia Zafra.
Robyn and Patricia will offer participants ways in which to explore new approaches to contact and partnering work, expanding the possibilities of their dancing. Together we will:
Delve into the fundamental principles of the forms and learn a range of technical skills in and around trust, weight-share, being off-balance, momentum, rolling points, lifting and flying.
Learn set partnering phrases and material
Explore our relationship to the space around us and to one another; creating heightened awareness, which will allow us to dance together, be playful and experience a sense of freedom.
Photo credit Rocio Chacon
Based in Cornwall, Katie is a freelance performer, teacher and facilitator with over 15 years’ experience. She has worked with companies such as Gecko, Punchdrunk, Voxed, and Cscape, and with choreographers such as Akram Khan (London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony), Tom Jackson Greaves, Fin Walker, Aletta Collins, James Cousins and Dam Van Huynh. Alongside performing, Katie has also worked extensively as a teacher and facilitator in various educational, professional and community settings. She has taught in primary and secondary schools, been a guest lecturer for vocational dance institutions and universities such as London Contemporary Dance School, The Royal Ballet School and Falmouth University as well as teaching professional dancers in company and open classes. Whatever the setting, Katie loves to share her expertise and passion for dance and hopes to inspire and enable people to discover a love for their own movement, creativity and expression.
ABOUT THE CLASS:
Katie’s class begins with a sweaty, continuous guided improvisation, awakening our energy, creativity and skill. We will practice tuning-in to ourselves as individuals to discover the essence of how we love to move, whilst also developing our awareness of and sensitivity to the others in the space, so we can explore dancing together as a group. These ideas will continue through the second half of class as we discover how we can approach set material and “technique” with the same freedom, playfulness and aliveness we experience when improvising, both collectively and individually.
KULDIP SINGH_BARMI - Creative Play
Kuldip Singh-Barmi is a performer, teacher and improviser. He completed his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1991 and has been involved in the world of dance and movement ever since. As a performer Kuldip was a founder member of Candoco Dance Company and has worked with a variety of companies and choreographers such
as Emilyn Claid, Lloyd Newson, Siobhan Davies, Victoria Marks, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Annabel Arden, Attik Dance, Kompany Malakhi, RJC Dance Company, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and Company Pyke.
Kuldip Singh-Barmi is currently a Senior Lecturer/Course Co-ordinator in the Dance & Choreography Department at Falmouth University.
ABOUT THE CLASS:
Kuldips Creative Play sessions have been a firm favourite at our Summer Intensive. This year he is back to leading you through a series of improvisations and chances to explore, connect and play with movement, dancers and the space. This session is absolutely guaranteed to leave you ending the weekend with a massive smile on your face.
AMELY INSTANCE - Yoga
I trained as a Classical Ballet dancer and teacher and following a short career as a contemporary dancer, I settled into teaching Ballet, which I have done for 30 years now! I teach on the Dance and Choreography and Musical Theatre Degrees at Falmouth University, as well as teaching and coaching Vocational RAD Grades for several local dance schools. I have also been an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance for 16 years and also an External Examiner for a London based professional training school for the past 3 years.
I trained and qualified as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance via Keren Cooksey and FYS in July 2022, and now teach a regular Slowflow Yoga class at Falmouth Yoga Space, as well as providing cover for other Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga classes there and at other locations. I feel my experience as a dancer and bodywork specialist informs and compliments my Yoga, and my yoga practice supports my teaching and everyday life in immeasurable ways.
ABOUT THE CLASS:
I teach Slowflow Vinyasa class, so we slow down and take our time to flow through the poses. Beginning with a floor based warm up, we build to a standing flow. My background as a dancer informs my class and so you can expect a bit of pranayama and tuning into self, a stretchy, fluid flow, and a solid savasana!
Kay Crook is a freelance dance artist and Artistic Director of Chhaya Collective, a female-led contemporary dance company working between UK and India since 2013.
Kay has choreographed productions for Chhaya, including ‘Antara’ (Interwoven productions, Asian Arts Agency, UK), ’Falling Light’ (Kha Foundation, India), and current touring productions, ‘HYMNOS’ (duet) and ‘KHAOS’, (supported by Arts Council England, Dance in Devon and Barbican Theatre); an all female ensemble work and outreach programme promoting women’s empowerment, featuring six female dancers and three live musicians.
Kay facilitated Chhaya’s live stream collaboration between India and UK in 2017, allowing thirty dance artists to connect, choreograph and perform collaboratively across two continents, in partnership with Shoonya (Bangalore), Arts View Live (UK) and Exeter Phoenix.
Kay has hosted projects in India, Portugal, Cyprus and Germany, in collaboration with international artists Ajeesh Balakrishnan, Rakesh Sukesh and Nakula Somana.
Kay is the Founder and Director of Chhaya Youth Dance Company (representing the South West at UDance 2018) and has been Associate Lecturer for Attakkalari (Bangalore) and Artist in Residence for PERA (North Cyprus) and for 3Fall Dance Company, creating commissions 'WOLF' and 'PHOENIX'.
Kay has taught in collaboration with State of Emergency, Take Art InspirED, The Point Eastleigh, Earthfall, StopGap, Exeter Phoenix, HFC Master Series, Bridgwater College, Exeter College, Tacchi Morris, Dartington Arts and Cygnet Theatre in the UK, Tanzart-Kirschau (Germany), LAB-Arts (Portugal), In2it Festival (Norway), HIFA (Zimbabwe) and Attakkalari, Shoonya and Lshva in India.
Kay is also a member of the Heather Walrond Company, performing ‘The Rising’ nationally and internationally, touring 2015 - 2019, in collaboration with VOU Dance Company (Fiji).
ABOUT THE CLASS:
On the day
Meet us in AMATA Cafe to sign in with one of the Freefall team & get all the information you will need to enjoy your weekend without any stress! This will also be a chance to ask any burning questions you may have.
Saturday will kick off at 9.00, with the studios being open from 8:30am to warm up if you wish. Please bring a packed lunch as AMATA cafe will not be open during the day (except Sat mornings which closes at 12.30). There are a couple of cafes and a shop open on campus if you venture out of AMATA, but remember to leave yourself time to get there and back.
Networking: After our last class on the Saturday, there will be an opportunity to gather for drinks, chats and pizza for those wanting to grab some food. Meet like-minded people from all over the country, a chance to have a natter, get to know each other and make connections.
Venue: Verdant Brewing Taproom, Penryn TR10 9EP
When: Anytime between 5:30-8pm on Saturday 5th August
More information about the venue:
Our second day begins at 9:30, and again, our studios will be open for warming up from 9am. Please remember to SIGN IN again - thank you, and please remember to sign out when you leave the building.
Most importantly - Have an INCREDIBLE weekend!
HOW TO GET TO AMATA
Please note that The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts is in Penryn, a short bus ride (15-20 mins) away from Falmouth town, which is the nearest major town where the majority of the restaurants, shops, beaches and pubs are situated.
For a wider selection please visit Falmouth Town via train or bus.
>> Follow the A39 until the ‘Treliever’ roundabout. Ignore the signage for ‘University Campus Tremough’ and continue straight over to the next roundabout.
>> Take the first left at the roundabout, continue over the hill towards Asda.
>> Follow the road down and take the first left turning onto Kernick Road
>> Continue forward over the mini roundabout.
>> Take a left when you see Jewson’s building and follow the road ‘Parkengue’ all the way to the end. You will see the sign for AMATA
>> Arrive at TR10 9EZ
You can park in the car park by the gates at AMATA (SAT & SUN ONLY)
WHERE TO STAY
Near the beach: Falmouth Backpackers Hostel
[cheaper option, good reviews]
Lots of options near the beach, and in town too - buses run regularly from The Moor in Falmouth to Tremough Campus [AMATA]
On campus: Glasney Village Accommodation
[Room or Flat share options available too]
OUT AND ABOUT
Below is a few recommendations for things to do around Falmouth and Penryn, in case you're staying a little longer, or fancy a wander!
Gyllynvase | Swanpool | Maenporth - Sandy beaches with café’s serving hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.
Falmouth: The Chintz | Beerwolf | The Cornish Bank | The Shed | The Chainlocker | The Moth & Moon | Dolly’s Gin Palace, Verdant Seafood & Bar, Small Ships, Lemon Twist
Penryn: The Thirsty Scholar, Verdant Brewery & Taproom, Seven Stars
Falmouth: Good Vibes, Sloth & Sparrow, RoBo, Palacio Lounge, Nude Canteen, Potager, Sliced
Penryn: Pizza Pls, Thirsty Scholar
Falmouth: Espressini, Beacon Coffee, Good Vibes, Koala Coffee, Planted Cafe
Penryn: Sunshine Cafe, The Warehouse
Check for events
Local: The Cornish Bank, The Poly, Verdant Brewery & Taproom, Sunshine Cafe & Yoga, Fish Factory, National Maritime Museum Falmouth, Pendennis Castle
Further Afield: Eden Project, The Minack Theatre, Hall for Cornwall
Freefall Summer Intensive 2023 is Co-Produced by Charlotte Luke & Grace Sellwood.
This event is an artist led project, initiated by artists for artists, thank you for supporting an independent event. Our events are only made possible by you booking and coming!
With your continual support, Freefall will continue to create high quality development opportunities in Cornwall, for dancers regionally and beyond.