Witness

Witness by Kate Jackson and collaborators

 
 
 
 
Witness is a unique and immersive dance theatre experience that focuses in low level mental health states,depression, anxiety and isolation. Focused on the well being experience of audiences four characters draw you into their realities lead you into their stories take you into their worlds as the grounds of witness unfold.
 

 

 

check out the trailer here: WITNESS TRAILER

 

 

 

 

 

 

supported by Arts Council England, Culture Warrington, Tatton Park and Cheshire East Council and MDI

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Witness

Kate Jackson and collaborators

17th-23rd Oct at Tatton Park 2016

 

 

CAST and CREATIVES

 

Bettina Carpi is a Swiss-Italian dance artist based in the UK. Having found her love for performance and a deep curiosity and passion for exploring physicality and the body’s possibility for expression during her dance training at the Studio Buehne Bern, she went on to study contemporary dance and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School. After graduation she worked as a dancer for various dance companies and choreographers in London, and was lucky to dance with CandoCo Dance Company for 8 years, touring internationally (North and South America, Europe and Asia) as well as performing at the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. Other highlights so far have been performing the award winning dance theatre piece ‘Metamorphosis’ and ‘The World’s Greatest Show’ at the Royal Opera House in London and New York. Bettina is an Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester and Edge Hill.

Jacqueline McCormick: Creative Mentor and Cast Dance artist performing and making dances for over thirty years, both in the USA and Europe. Her work has been greatly influenced by research into Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement. Jacqueline has an M.A in Dance from Mills College California and has been; Associate Professor in Dance at Western Oregon University (1985-1996) and Connecticut College, USA (2000-2004). She directs and performs in her company DanceAbout, works that take a dancing journey through the outback of the self.

Malachi Simmons: Cast trained at Edgehill University has worked with Company Chameleon on Stride and WOW Warrington, teaches regionally with 12 Degrees North and EDGEfwd. Independent Freelance choreographer working Internationally with Bermuda Civic ballet. Excellent mixed skills artist with high quality training and significant contributions to Dance across the Cheshire region and Bermuda. Most recently Lead education to youth dance Stride for Company Chameleon in the U dance 2016 performance held at The Lowry Manchester.

Lauren Tucker : Cast Trained at Liverpool John Moores University and 12 Degrees North Graduate Dance Company. North-West freelance dance artist Lauren has worked with Gary Clarke, Antonia Grove, Alesandra Seutin, Filip Van Huffell, James Wilton, and Lisi Perry. She toured her solo work as part of Northern Dance Platforms in 2016. She is dance development artist for Cheshire Dance. 

CREATIVES

Mike Dunn : Production The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts 2008 The Man who Made the Beatles UK, Judy & Liza 2013/ 2014, The Official History of Liverpool Football Club UK & Ireland, One Night in Istanbul UK, Man & a Fan (National)...Corporate : Toyota UK, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Broadbent’s, NHS,5 Borough Partnership, North West Development Agency, Liverpool FootballClub, Celtic FC, Active Cheshire, Liverpool ONE, Music Industry Trust Awards,New Word Alive & Hillsong Resident Production Manager forAlterean Media Ltd. Owner of MJD Event & Technical Production Ltd

Rosalind Noctor : Costume Designer has a full professional history as a contemporary dance artist and has been working in costume design alongside her performance work working across the UK and Israel Tel Aviv with company Inbal Pinto. Her work in the UK includes four years with Fleur Darkin Ensemble as a performer. Designing for MAP Dance and Laban Conservatoire.Touring globally Roaslind has an extensive history combining her costume designs with her knowledge of performance and dance making.

Richard Owen : Lighting Designer with over twenty years experience of lighting various styles of productions various scales of theatre. Also a senior Production lectrician with over seventeen years experience of producing theatre. The last nine years as a ‘Head of Department’ with two of the major regional producing theatres in Britain. Royal Exchange Theatre and The National Theatre. Richard is continuously in artistic practise with theatre that evokes through theatre in the round and Large scale theatres. his contribution to this work is unique and with much experience he will bring to the design Also a senior Production Electrician with over seventeen years experience of producing theatre. The last nine years as a ‘Head of Department’ with two of the major regional producing theatres in Britain.

Daniel Thomas : Sound Designer is an experimental noise artist based in Leeds. Daniel has performed and recorded as a solo artist over the past two decades and is also a member of Hagman, TST and Cans, whilst running the labels Sheepscar Light Industrial and Cherry Row Recordings. Over the last decade he's worked in the world of contemporary dance with the likes of Gary Clarke, Flight Effect Dance Company, Cscape Dance, Simon Birch, Kate Jackson, Debbi Purtill Dance, The Space Cadets (Scottish School of Contemporary Dance).Dan will create the sound for the performance he works with other contemporary dance artists in the North and has worked in sound design for over ten years. Based in Leeds Dan has been closely affiliated with Yorkshire artists working at Northern School of Contemporary Dance but mainly his work is based in an independent field of electronic music

 

 

 

Kate has been researching Pratyahara one of the eight limbs of yoga the withdrawl of the senses and the benefits that it provides to well being. Her research has been developed into the creation of the Witness which will explore the benefits of performance for the well being of the audience and will focus on Empowerment. Using Costumes, Lighting Design and a Sound score designed for witness.

The Dance, Theatre and Story-Telling will weave through the amazing grounds of National Trust, Tatton Park Knutsford journeying the audience to extraordinary settings and experiences. Designed uplifting and embodied moments take president. The cast are stunningly talented, the audience will walk beside them throughout, small numbers of maximum 20 people per performance.  With partnership with Merseyside Dance Intiative the work has manage to reach a broad range of audiences, Kates research will cover the wellbeing effects translated in the experiencing of performance. In this creation. Supported by Cheshire East and hosted by Tatton Park, this creation will aim to be portable and to visit difefrent locations.

The work will aim to measure wellbeing, using WEMWBS and Manchester Metrics pilot.

 

 

 

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EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

 

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Kate and collaborators worked with Wishing Well Project in Crewe with two Programmes to deliver well being class and yoga for mums and carers and also over 50's both groups were engaged for 6 weeks in the Empowerment Programme. As part of the work Kate worked with organisations who could connect with the support of mental health issues and help to bring awareness. the low level mental health issues in depression, anxiety and isolation were key in the development of the work in the performance.
 
Wishingwellprojects Website explains the interest and suppport they offer as an orgainsation.
 
Motherwell CIC were able to engage with the Empowerment Programme also based in Crewe, they have an organisation aimed at providing wellness for new parents. Kate delivered the Empowerment Programme as a mums and baby class.
 
 
Warrington Borough Council and Culture Warrinton have also engaged with the Empowerment Programme host 6 weeks of classes open to public accross the Warrington area at The Pyramid Parr Hall.
 
 
 
To engage with Empowerment Programme, contact Kate and discuss the idea or the group of people you want to engage in this programme. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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    I'm a total novice but find Kate's classes really accessible and enjoyable and i feel a genuine sense of accomplishment at the end of each one. After only a few weeks, I can tell that i'm improving and my flexibility is increasing but I have a long way to go to be as adept as some other memebers of the group! The positive warm atmosphere helps me to believe that I will continue to improve...
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    I started yoga practice with Kate around (Jan 2017) 6 months ago part of a resolution to lose some weight and get healthy. I had previously done some lunchtime and weekend yoga classes at the gym but this was difficult during work. Being able to have classes at home, after work, really suited me. In the last 6 months I have lost weight and started to tone up with only one, one-hour practice a week. Kate is an excellent teacher and tailors her practices to the individual's strengths and abilities. She pushes you just hard enough to improve your strength and flexibility, without it becoming repetitive or boring. Having one on one instruction means there's nowhere to hide but Kate's reassuring nature means you never feel bad about yourself if you can't do something, it's all about having a go and trying to improve. Kate's style of flow yoga is a great blend of strength, flexibility and mindfulness.

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