By Suzie West, Director of Spindrift Dance Collective
SpinDrift Dance Collective are proud to be Freefall’s first commissioning company. We have just spent three days in Falmouth with Emily and Grace choreographing a new piece that is perfect for us. We are a big company of dancers with versatile skills and various backgrounds so we knew Freefall’s creative and collaborative approach would be just right for us.
Freefall Dance were a natural commission choice for us. Their priority for professional development in the South West and ongoing support for local creativity in the community, is parallel the ethos of SpinDrift Dance Collective. Our group of dancers evolves and changes for every project. The collective is open door and adaptable to the lifestyle of freelance dance artists and recent graduates so that they can remain creative and collaborative alongside their work commitments. Emily and Grace totally get this.
Their process across the three days included creative tasks which led content of the piece and these were thought provoking and creatively challenging. I personally learnt a lot about my own movement patterns and how to challenge these to develop material. The onus of energy, quality and intention were refreshing and well suited to the collective. We have made some really beautiful work and I just loved watching the dancers look so thoughtful, beautiful and honest in the space. There was a sense of ease in the studio and this was set up very naturally by Grace and Emily’s co-choreographic partnership and their relaxed and fun approach to the residency. They were open and inviting to us as dancers and I found this very empowering.
I can’t really move on from that word straight away… empowering feels like a key element to my own creative and personal experience of the residency, the mutual experience as a collective and the fierce and powerful movement material we dance altogether at the end of the piece. I cannot wait to perform this beautiful fierce and funny piece. Its been so important to bring SpinDrift further into Cornwall and connect with the current practice down here. We will no doubt work with Freefall again. Absolutely brilliant.
I will leave you with some quotes and information about some of our collective who took part in the Freefall residency.
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“Thought provoking experience”
Kane Mills. Second year undergrad from Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Originally from Plymouth.
“Lovely dreamy, thoughtful and downright ferocious residency time with Freefall. Can’t wait to perform this beautiful, fierce and funny piece on tour. And neither can our shoes!”
Suzie West. Director of SpinDrift & freelance dance artist and teacher. Studied BA Dance & Theatre at Roehampton University. Originally from Devon, living in Cornwall.
Zoe Edwards. Studied Dance Performance at Middlesex University. Now working in Exeter.
“Didn’t realise how much I missed dancing and being creative until the last three days – woke up this morning wanting to take my (slightly aching) body back to the studio for more discovery. Thank you Spindrift and Freefall and the lovely body of dancers involved!”
Becky Miles. Works at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and as a freelance dancer. Studied Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
“I had such a great weekend with Freefall and SpinDrift creating a new piece, privileged to work with amazing people and amazing dancers. Wish it didn’t go so quickly”
Charlotte Luke. Undergraduate students at Falmouth University & Freefall Apprentice. From Cornwall.
“The residency for me was a fantastic opportunity which allowed me to work with skilled dancers and create a stunning piece. It was an enjoyable experience and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”
Shanice Burgoyne. Third year student at Falmouth University. From Cornwall.
“So I had the most amazing three days in Falmouth working with the wonderful Emily Dobson and Grace Sellwood for an upcoming dance piece. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and thanks to everyone for being such a great team!!”
Lizzie Moulds. Freelance model and actress. Assistant manager at The Prince William in Brixham. Studied a National Diploma in Performing Arts at The Hammond School.
“It has been a great weekend”
Leroy Ward. Freelance dance teacher for Wheelfever, South Dance, Attik Dance & The Barbican Theatre. Studied Dance at Plymouth University