Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Next Over 60s 8 week session starts tomorrow!

Tell your aunt and uncle! Tell your Mum and Dad! Tell your grandparents! Or, just remind yourself!

After a wonderfully successful first semester, Alicia's expandance Over 60's group is back at George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow for another 8 week run, which will culminate in a performance in the theatre on Wed 16th March. Watch the last performance here -

Classes are every Wednesday starting tomorrow Wed 26th Jan from 11am - 1pm and cost 5 euro. 

For more information contact alicia@expandance.com or click here.

Our thanks to everyone at George Bernard Shaw Theatre for supporting these workshops so enthusiastically.


Friday, January 21, 2011

'Celebrity' review in the Irish Times...

...Is here. Good work, Peer to Peer Productions!

'Celebrity' runs at Project Arts Centre to the end of January, catch it while you can.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Congratulations to Zlata, winner of our tickets to see Celebrity this week at Project Arts Centre. Enjoy!

Celebrity runs today until 29th January - you can book your tickets here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

WIN! Tickets to Celebrity at Project Arts Centre

We're kickin' it in 2011 with our first ever blog giveaway! 

Our very own Laurie Schneider choreographs 'Celebrity', a new play by the incredibly talented Jody O'Neill, this week at Project Arts Centre Dublin. Jody, you might remember, was one of our dancers in 'Sephiroth' / The Forest Piece in LD Dance Fest 2007.

Written by Jody O’Neill, directed by Carl Kennedy, and performed by Matthew
Ralli and Jody O’Neill, Celebrity gets deep beneath the glossy veneer of the media,
examining one couple’s struggle to live a ‘real’ life. Through text, dance, music and
more it seeks to express the current times in the fractured way that we experience
them. Celebrity looks at the construction of identity and the invention of character
in a world where fame equals power equals love equals worth- in a world where
you could be the next big thing and you’re only a Facebook page away from a
better, prettier, more popular you.

We have one pair of tickets to give away for this Thursday's (Jan 13th) performance at Project. If you're interested in going, please e-mail info@expandance.com with the subject line: Peer to Peer - Celebrity tickets! by 5pm (Irish time) on Tuesday and we'll pick an address at random. If you like, you can also say something lovely about us in the body of your e-mail - it won't help you get the tickets, but it'll make us feel fabulous :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Big hugs and Baby steps

Alicia just ended a note to me on Skype chat with 'Big hugs and Baby steps!'

I wanted to share this with you as it's the perfect encapsulation of how we expandance company members decided to approach the work this year: Be kinder to ourselves, and take each thing one small step at a time.

The administration and day-to-day running of a dance company, even one as small as ours - writing funding & grant applications, updating blogs, websites, twitter, facebook, editing video footage, hiring space, ongoing research into performance platforms, not to mention choreographing! - can be overwhelming at times, with to-do lists that reach the floor. (Add onto that the day job and you've a nice full workload.)

So we were delighted to find out about NACHMO (thanks Erica Frankel.) It stands for National Choreography Month, and in 2011 it's this month. NACHMO's aim is to build a community of dance artists who commit to creating new dance work every day for the 31 days of January - even if it's just 20 seconds of new choreography. We encourage you to check out their blog, and ours, for videos and updates over the next few weeks.

The expandance daily technique, as many of you know, is rooted in meditation followed by improvisation, and we're utilizing NACHMO to take this one step further - to commit to creating set material on a daily basis as well. Thanks for the inspiration, NACHMO! Alicia is the company member committed to the project this year - here are a few video stills from yesterdays session in the Wicklow studio.

Happy New Year from a snowy New York!