Breaking the Mould

Infusion was pleased, once again, to be a part of Breaking the Mould, a suite of dances choreographed by Hilary Goodall. The suite is a 4-part movement response to a series of sculptures by Dame Elizabeth Frink. Initially performed last February on site in the Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge, the dance received wonderful reviews from audience members, as the dancers moved between the sculptures themselves, interpreting the pent up movement of the bronze works, and bringing them to life.

The Heong Gallery at Downing College, © My Linh Le, 2018. Dancer: Daniel Cosette

Following that we were honored to have the dancers reunite at our July dance café, in Trumpington Cambridge! The dancers performed against the dramatic background of projected light and images of the sculptures, making striking shadow versions of the statues themselves.

Choreographer Hilary Goodall makes final adjustments. The Heong Gallery at Downing College, © My Linh Le, 2018

Finally in December the group came together to bring the work to the iconic Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich UK. Performing amongst the statues once again, in perhaps the largest collection of Frink works ever assembled, the dances received glowing reviews, including the exhibit curators, who said they would never view the sculptures the same way again!

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, © Katherine Mager, 2018. Dancer: Rachel Riveros

Special thanks to Hilary Goodall for including us in this brilliant project. We look forward to where else these sculptures take us, moving through the stillness…!

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, © Katherine Mager, 2018

Dancers Rachel Riveros and Daniel Cossette. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, © Katherine Mager, 2018

Guest teaching at Queen’s College

Up for an special dance day out? Infusion’s Dan Cossette is teaching at Queen’s College Cambridge, for the contemporary dance society. They write:

“AN EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR NEXT WEEK…

We’re delighted to announce that Dan Cossette will be leading next Friday’s class, yes singular! Please note that there will be ONLY ONE class combining both levels next Friday 16 November, just for that one week, 16.30 – 18.00 in Bowett Room. Live accompaniment by Terry Mann.

Dan Cossette is a graduate of Mimeistry International School of Arts, Pasadena, CA, specializing in French Mime. He trained in modern dance and contemporary ballet with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston, TX, and danced as a company member from 2009-2013. Currently he dances part time with Springs Dance Company, London, and co-directs Infusion Physical Theatre, Cambridge.

 

We’re delighted that he’ll be leading our class, do come and join us for this fantastic opportunity!”

Queens’ is very proud to offer contemporary dance technique classes taught by the college Dance Artist in Residence, Adèle Thompson. Queens’ has the only Dance Artist in Residence in any Oxbridge college. All classes operate on a drop-in basis, so you can join in whenever you want, there is no subscription charge and the cost of each class is £6 employed / £4 students / £2 students at Queens’. All classes are open to anyone whether associated with Queens’, the University in general or not connected to the University at all. All classes have live musical accompaniment.
 

 

Eyes and Ears

Infusion dancers Dan and Rachel

Infusion Physical Theatre was pleased to be a part of the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership! As part of their vulnerable persons awareness campaign called Eyes and Ears, we presented a snippit from our anti-human trafficking work Somebody’s Daughter, in the Lady Chapel of the Stunning Ely Cathedral. It was a powerful event, talking with city and county councillors, police men and women, and people from all sectors sharing their stories about the horribly local problem of trafficking. It was also great to hear about the many things people are doing to confront it.

We were especially grateful for the kind words the police said, thanking us for our visual and compelling way of helping people engage with the topic. We hope to work with several of our new friends again soon! Thanks to the Romsini Centre for setting this up!

community support and awareness groups set up for the event

 

Into the woods… well, jungle…

Infusion rejoins the creative team behind Apple n Spice, an Indian dance experience, and a fairy-tale mash-up: comparing the two step-mothers from eastern and western tales. Snow White and Grimhilde meet Ram and Kaikeye in the deep forests of folklore, in a contemporary/south Indian and shadow theatre fusion.

We’re back in the props workshop developing all new shadows, and choreography is well under way! Look for us in the Library Present Autumn Menu for Hertfordshire!

Springs Summer School

We were pleased for Infusion’s Dan Cossette to be teaching for Springs Dance Company at their annual London Summer School. This brought aspiring dancers, and first time movers, from across England and Scotland, to receive technique instruction and creative/choreographic activities. The students developed their own dance which they presented before the main company’s evening performance at the end of the week. Springs performed Bread of Life, a beautiful depiction of Christ and the community and relationship he seeks with his disciples through the entryway of the bread and the wine. Following a similar theme the students brought vibrant images of unity-through-beautiful diversity as they explored their theme, One Body, One Church. Individuals’ movement blended into ensemble designs, before a network of connected dancers became so entwined that even a slight movement from a single member of the structure sent echoes through the entire formation. Great job dancers!

Project Dance Paris, a third year…

Under the statue of the People, a.m. before the show…

 

The Project Dance Foundation has been offering free dance festivals in the open squares of major cities around the world, dancing for hope, inspiration, and healing, since they started in New York City after the terror attacks on 9/11. Infusion was pleased to participate a third time at their Paris event, in the memorable Place de la Republiqué!

 

 

 

 

People stood or sat for hours, watching. Speaking with members of the festival staff and dancers, many people made it clear that the event meant much more to them than just a bit of diversion; it was life changing!

Taking the stage for a world premier: Daniel Cossette dances to Who Says? by Joshua Micah

 

Corporeal Café Theatre

What better way to enjoy your summer weekend than a close-hand dance and mime performance in a relaxed café-style atmosphere. Bring some friends, grab a table, and enjoy a triple bill of local physical artists presenting live, with multi-media, and dance films.

Feel free to contact us for additional information.

Parking available in lot and on street (Beverly Way)

Save the Date

Saturday, July 14th

7pm

£8/6 on the door

Sit, sip, watch, chat.

     

We are launching a café-style evening of mime and dance at the Trumpington Village Hall, CB2 9HZ, Cambridge. Parking available from Beverley Way.

Come and enjoy a triple bill of dance in a casual café-style evening in the village hall, brought to you by Infusion and other local artists!  Grab some friends, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the show.

Stay tuned for further details, but this evening promises to be a multi-media event, and will feature…

Infusion Physical Theatre
Hilary Goodall and Dancers
E33 Dance Company

Email or call us for more details.

Trumpington Village Hall. Parking available.

Show Launch Success

Special thanks to all those who came or contributed to the launch of our anti human trafficking show Just Sex. Saturday night was fantastic, with great insights from Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford of Cambridge Centre of Applied Research in Human Trafficking, and the hard hitting dance performance by the multi-national cast members of Infusion!

We’re working on video of our full show, in the meantime catch some initial footage from our rehearsal sharing here!

Also, to find out more details about Just Sex, or to read more about our program for Sixth Form Colleges, you can still access the event details through our ticketing site for last Saturday. This event is no longer live.

Event Launch

Help us launch our new anti-human trafficking initiative titled Just Sex through our Eventbrite page:

We have a brilliant team of dancers, mimes, composer and lighting/sound designer committed to making this project happen. But we need people to get behind us, and get this important show out of the rehearsal studio, and off the page,  and into the minds and hearts of people across England. We also hope to tour internationallty in the future.

Will you be one of our partners, to make this vision come to life?

initial sharing of Just Sex as a work in progress. dancer: Kathy Sarris, photo Duncan Grisby