Three Score Dance present A New Beginning | Thurs 7 Nov 7.30pm
I was a puppeteer in the 70s with Friends Roadshow, a fringe theatre group that toured UK & Europe in a double-decker bus that doubled up as a stage. I also founded Hood Faire, a 3-day festival on the River Dart in Devon. I now play folk fiddle for ceilidhs, weddings etc as well as Brighton Morris Men. I am co-founder of Three Score Dance but had not danced before. I guess I just wanted another chance to perform while my legs and arms still worked! I am 76, a happy Oma to 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Vincent has been with the Company since its beginnings. He has no dance training but seeing Martha Graham’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ in the 70s was an eye opener to the possibilities of contemporary dance. He is a producer / director of educational and training films, winning many awards for his work including IVCA Best Drama and New York Film Festival Gold Awards. He has made several films with Three Score, screened at festivals in London, Amsterdam and Canberra. As well as running his own production company, Vincent was Assistant Director of the Council for Educational Technology and Head of Production at Melrose Films. He has travelled extensively including secondment in Singapore. Vincent has a BSC in Economics and Politics from Bristol University and postgrad qualifications in film-making and in education. When he’s not dancing or with his two children and grandchild, he’s watching movies, following the Seagulls, or hanging out at the beach. Vincent is Chair of TSD’s Trustees.
I was brought up mostly in India. Attended English boarding school escaping reality in the library and art studio. I have two daughters and four grandchildren. I am a practicing Buddhist and volunteer in a retreat centre. Connecting with nature, meditating, being in the moment. This compliments my dancing and enables me to really focus. After attending the technique classes for several years I auditioned for the Company. I loved the concept of learning and training my body further....it also makes me incredibly happy using my body in this way and I had a yearning to perform. This has changed my life!
Brought up in Devon then University in London. I became a teacher, then counsellor in schools and universities. I have two children, one adopted from Thailand. I love being a grandma, gardening, reading, travelling. I am co-founder of Three Score Dance after seeing Company of Elders and thinking I want to do that in Brighton!
I had ballet lessons until I was ten. Then I went to secondary school. I didn’t want to be a ballerina and wear a tutu but I did want to leap and be strong. Dancing touched me deeply and stopping lessons was awful and I could hardly bear even to watch dance for years. A student teacher took us to see Lotte Berk and her evening class students perform; they wore black polo necks, it was a very significant experience but at ten I didn’t know how to be part of it.
When Three Score began I wanted to join the adventure more that I have ever wanted anything. No-one knew quite what it would be and we have created it together. I was 65 when I joined and had just retired from a full time job which was lucky, I was never defined by my paid work and leaving was liberating.
I spent six years at art school as a painting student, latterly making minute regular marks on large canvasses until the marks disappeared altogether. My first and only one person show was at The Place and I designed costumes for Little Silver Apples of the moon. They were white bodysuits with dots running down the inside of the arms and legs, which only showed in movement. I became what is now called a curator but was then an anonymous role conceiving and organising exhibitions. I ran a University Gallery and then worked for the Arts Council in gallery and exhibition programme development before working for a local authority as I needed to be near home to look after my son. I somehow managed to encourage gallery development through this unpromising role.
In my early sixties I tried Five Rhythms, which was terrifying, being with much younger people, but it did get my body moving and I went to a salsa class with a dynamic Brazilian teacher. I joined Three Score in the nick of time before arthritis kicked in and I was attending class on crutches. I now have two new hips.