The new associate artist at Déda
International contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis has joined Déda in Derby as associate Artist, supported by funding from Arts Council England.
Jorge will be working over the next year with the regional dance house, fellow Derby-based arts organisation QUAD as well as contemporary dance organisation The Place in London to create an innovative choreography which brings together sport, dance, music and augmented reality technology.
Jorge is a Sport Sciences graduate and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. As a professional dancer he has worked with different companies throughout Europe, as well as in China and the USA.
His role as Déda Associate Artist will involve working with professionals and young dancers who are members of both the youth development academy and the BA Honours Dance degree which is based at Déda to plan the next stage of 'Through & Out2'.
Performers will endure the physical, mental and emotional states of a marathon runner during the 45-minute piece which is a cross between dance and rope-skipping.
Audiences will experience the performer's exertion by spectating in the traditional sense but by also accessing statistical information, generated in real time, through a specially created mobile app.
This will also include a compelling narrative which gives access to the performer's memories, emotions and desires. Individual headsets will enable the audience to even choose their own music during the performance.
Jorge said: "I am delighted to be confirmed as Déda Associate Artist over the coming year. The whole team at Déda have been helping me to carefully plan the next steps of 'Through & Out2' and I am excited to have the opportunity to develop this further alongside a wide range of professionals across the creative and performance disciplines.
"The current world record for a marathon was set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014: two hours, two minutes and fifty seven seconds.
"According to several sources, ten minutes of jumping rope is equal to 30 minutes of running at six miles per hour. Therefore, 40 minutes of skipping could be compared to a half marathon.
"However, in 'Through & Out2' the demands placed on the performers make skipping twice as hard so it is a mental, physical and emotional challenge for the performers, which they share with the audience in a unique and engaging way."
Déda Director Stephen Munn continued: "Working with Jorge on this exciting project will be a fantastic experience for the professional, degree students and our Academy dancer here at Déda who will be involved in the development of this unique piece of choreography.
"The project is already widely anticipated throughout the international dance world and is an innovative combination of sport, dance, music and app technology which pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance performance.
"As an organisation Déda has a national reputation for innovation and the collaboration with Jorge will take this ethos to another level."
For more information about the BA Hons Dance Degree in partnership with the University of Derby and the auditions (starting Saturday July 12) for Déda Academy groups Bounceback (13 to 19 year olds) and Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (11 to 18 year olds) please visit www.deda.uk.com
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors
Between 2008 and 2012 Jorge Crecis combined his position as a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and guest teacher at institutions such as Beijing Dance Academy (China), Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (Spain) and Roger Williams University (USA). Jorge also lead professional and company classes regularly for companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk, Rambert, etc.
In 2011 Jorge directed the festival Burgos' Aerowaves Burgos'.
Over the last five years Jorge has been commissioned by companies based in the UK, Europe, Russia, and China and also by postgraduate companies such as EDge, Mapdance and Intoto.
His lifetime artistic ethos is summarized in the mantra: 'Experiences might finish in the blink of an eye; nothing changes in the world but something changes in those who undergo the experience. So, in the end, something might have changed after all'.
Following this motto, in 2012, he funded SQx (somoSQuien eXperience); based upon Jorge's synthesis of sport and dance movement patterns, SQx's team lead workshops of this cutting-edge and intense performance training methodology, allowing professionals and youth participants to enhance their stage presence and performative skills.
SQx's projects have been supported by ACE, British Council, Canada arts council, the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
His latest creation for Scottish Dance Theatre has been widely acclaimed by the critics:
– "Profound, powerful and hugely demanding in terms of precision, control and team spirit, the dancers are unstinting in executing every task" (Mary Brennan. The Herald)
– "a place of pure empathy" ( Kelly Apter. The Scotsman)
– "expertly crafted and engagingly executed" (Rachel Elderkin. The Skinny)
– "Collective responsibility meets strength" (Lorna Irvine. Across the arts)
He is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University of London, focusing on methodologies for training and replicating higher states of consciousness for dancers in performance. Jorge has also applied this research to coach music and film personalities.
In 2014 Jorge initiated the creation of min tala a Pan-Arab dance project that uses contemporary dance art as a peacekeeping, personal and professional development tool.
A group of dancers from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan recently premiered the piece in Cairo. Min tala aims to dissolve existing geographical, political and financial barriers in the Arab world, facilitating young dance-artist to work together and sparking new artistic collaborations locally and regionally.
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, three professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.
About Arts Council England
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