In A Different Space – creation of dance film in 2018
Largely funded by RIPE Dance with funding assistance from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF – Noosa Council & Arts Qld) and crowd funding via the Australia Cultural Fund, In a Different Space is an arts project by community dance artist and RIPE Dance Director, Gail Hewton which will see the creation of a unique short dance film.
Challenging notions of ageism, fear of ageing and ageing body image, In A Different Space celebrates and showcases elders aged 60 to 101 years dancing their personal stories in places of significance to them. The film presents six distinct pieces featuring novice, experienced and former professional dancers with a range of physical abilities and conditions.
Production, Concept & Direction Gail Hewton
Choreography Gail Hewton – in collaboration with the dancers
Direction of Photography & Editing Suzon Fuks
Music & Sound Guy Webster
Drone Video Shaylin Smith
Aphrodite Meredyth Howard (87 yrs)
Miss Behave Robin Mitchell, Jill Muir (76 yrs), Jo Westbury (73 yrs)
Smocker Val Taylor (88 yrs)
Loss & Found Helen Male (79 yrs)
The Living Swan Jacqueline (Jonny) B’Nay (92 yrs)
Beat Boy Jack Floyd (101 yrs)
Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance Class! 2017 – another success
Another great turn out for this year’s Seniors Week event with over 100 in attendance enjoying themselves dancing in their chairs as well as marvelling at the wonderful on stage performances by RIPE Dance participants.
Here’s a couple of links with videos and photos to check out what it was all about.
More photos to come soon.
(posted 7 Sept 2017)
Get ready for Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance class! – Wednesday 17 August 2016
As the saying goes, move it or lose it! So RIPE Dance with support of Noosa Council and The J is presenting this special FREE event during Seniors Week to encourage our senior citizens to stay physically active for good health and wellbeing.
We extend an open invitation to the seniors of Noosa to come along, have some fun and experience the joy and benefits of a seated dance class. Yes, You Can Dance! in a chair, so if you’re not moving as well as you used to due to ageing, have balance issues, reduced joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility or conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, MS, mild stroke, come and join us to see just what is possible.
RIPE Dance director, Gail Hewton, will lead you through a 50-60 minute dance session that will include a warm up, several simple dance sequences choreographed to a variety of wonderful and familiar songs, finishing with a relaxing cool down – all seated in the safety of your chair. No previous dance experience required.
The moves are easy to follow, whilst still aiming to challenge the brain by coordinating different body parts in time to music. There’ll be toe tapping and stomping, clapping and arm swinging, shimmying and shaking, as well as slow, smooth and elegant movements. Expect to explore a range of movement qualities and patterns to a variety of musical rhythms and melodies such as waltz, jazz, latin, broadway and musical theatre, and most of all expect to be surprised and have fun.
Research is showing that dance for older people provides a range of physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits. RIPE Dance participants leave class feeling energised and uplifted, ‘my muscles are less stiff’, ‘without the headache I came with’ and over time see improvements in their balance, posture, coordination, flexibility and mood as well as making new friends .
There will also be additional demonstrations from some RIPE Dance participants performing dance items. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
- When: Wednesday 17 August – take your seat from 10am for a 10.30am class start
- Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
- Cost: FREE
- Duration: approximately 90 mins – including 60 min seated dance class
TO REGISTER for a seat or for more information: contact Gail on 0411 720 391 or email@example.com
(posted 12 July 2016)
Sunny coast hears inspiring stories about the power of dance at Pecha Kucha – Tuesday 21 June 2016
Gail Hewton, Director, RIPE Dance, was one of nine local creatives to present at the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance’s 17th Pecha Kucha Night. With the required presentation theme of Extraordinaire and within the set Pecha Kucha format of 20 slides 20 seconds per slide, Gail spoke about the transformative power of dance relating 3 powerful real life stories, accompanied by images, of how people’s lives have been transformed by participation in dance classes or projects she has lead over her 38 year professional career in dance. See her blog for a transcript of her inspiring talk.
(posted 1 July 2016)