What is this project all about?
This project is about bringing dance to where it does not
usually go. The tour will aim to go to theatres that would not
usually receive first class dance performances doue to its size or
due to the nature of the stage (raked, or uneven).
It also aims to break down the barrier between audiences and performers. Q and A sessions after the show are just one part of the audience involvement. There are workshops for dance schools and lectures in schools to get a new generation of kids interested in the arts and keep the culture alive.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
The aim of this project is to integrate the people as much as possible. The performances are connected with special workshops and ''behind the scenes'' programs which willl enable the audience to understand more about this artform. So not just a simple performance but a lot of insight know how on how things work. We do that as we believe this will help to create an audience of tomorrow. We also offer workshops and the result will be shared during our performances as the students will then be part of our show.
Why would you support this project?
Without your help this project will not happen. If you decide to reach out to us and help you are not only helping to secure salary, accomodation and the production itself but you are also enabling the people to have access to these performances and workshops. If you wish your name will be on the program and we are also giving away opportunities to be on the board of the company so that you get to have more of a say about the direction the company should move to in the future.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
We are doing our very best to pay our dancers the minimum like
suggested by the dancers union which is 440 GBP a week. Most
companies will not actually pay that but in order to cover, physio,
time between contracts and studies for after the career we do
believe it is the absolute minimum we should pay.
So salary for the time will be off 42.420,00 GBP
Accomodation is our other main source of spending, it totals up to 14.880,00 GBP. In order for us to tour we need to hire a van to move the crew and scenery around. That totals up to 15.000,00 GBP for transport.
We are managing to save on costumes and all other needs as we produce a lot of the needed things on our own.
Who are the people behind the project?
Artistic director Sören Niewelt studied under John Neumeier in Hamburg before graduating from the australian ballet school in 1999. Having danced in many countries like UK, Germany, Japan, Australia and Brazil he had to retire after a knee surgery. He soon started choreographing and ended up founding JSLN Dance Company in 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
Principal dancer and co-founder Jessica Larbig graduated in Holland where she toured with Danceworks for many years before moving on to Singapore to join the Singapore Dance Theatre under the direction of Janek Schergen. She currently is the principal dancer and passes on her extensive experience to the younger dancers.
Caroline Rees is a UK dancer and she joined the company for the
first time in 2016.
Katie Murray is from Scotland and she joined in 2016
Jamie Haughton is from Ireland and joined in 2016
Estelle Botella from France joined in 2015.
Attila Kiss from Hungary joined the company in 2015
Sean Williams is from Australia and joined JSLN in 2016