Check the CALENDAR for up to date news
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 2019
Masterclass with Mickey Davidson
Lindy Hop and Jazz Movement
Price: £30 for one class / £50 for both
Full Weekend Program
Saturday 28th September:
*2 - 4.30pm: Lindy Hop Masterclass
All levels welcome. Mickey will be working on the fundamentals of Lindy Hop partner work, i.e. music, culture, partnership.
*4.30 - 5.30pm: Artist Q&A
Sunday 29th September:
*3 - 5.30pm: Jazz Movement Masterclass
The Movement Masterclass is aimed at dancers trained in Modern, Contemporary, Contact Improvisation, Afro focussing on the work Mickey has done with Sun Ra.
*7 - 9pm: London Tap Jam, Gigi's Bar, Hoxton Square N1.
This is a great opportunity to learn from Mickey who rarely teaches in Europe. See Mickey Davidson performing with Norma Miller and Frankie Manning from the 1990 documentary, "Call of the Jitterbug" and with the Cecil Taylor Unit, Berlin, Germany 1993.
Radical Integration Project
This workshop is a continuation of the 'Radical Integration’ project - which is about legacy, radicality and the transmission of black dance. Read more about it here.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th May 2019
Katherine Dunham Technique: Masterclass with Othella Dallas
Price: £100 / £85 Bookings here
This workshop is for experienced dancers of all techniques and styles, including but not limited to traditional African, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and house.
Please DO NOT MISS this once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a member of the original Katherine Dunham Company.
More about Othella Dallas below.
A bit of background
This workshop is a continuation of the 'Radical Integration’, about legacy, radicality and the transmission of black dance.
In October 2018, Cookie’s Jam Productions director Angela Andrew was one of two successful bids for the Collaboration Between Generations commission by Chisenhale Dance Space, made possible by a generous donation by The Choreographer's Gallery Trust. The commission enabled her to travel to Switzerland and work with Othella Dallas, principal dancer with the pioneering Katherine Dunham Company.
Othella Dallas - What is Luck?
Documentary by Andres Breutsch
Artist Talk from Angela Andrew
Price: £5 Advance | £7.50 Door. Tickets here
In October 2018, Cookie’s Jam Productions director Angela Andrew was one of two successful bids for the Collaboration Between Generations commission by Chisenhale Dance Space, made possible by a generous donation by The Choreographer's Gallery Trust. The commission enabled her to travel to Switzerland and work with Othella Dallas, principal dancer with the pioneering Katherine Dunham Company. On the 8th December, Angela presented a work-in-progress of the performance piece ‘Radical Integration’ featuring Othella Dallas. Come to this unique screening of ‘What is Luck?’, a film about Othella’s inspiring life and hear about Angela’s current project (legacy, radicality and the transmission of black dance).
Program for the evening
7.30pm Film Screening: Othella Dallas - What is Luck?
‘What is Luck?’ is a Swiss film documenting the life and dances of Othella Dallas*, born 1925 in Memphis, Tennesse. In 1949 she married Swiss engineer Peter Wydler and started a new career as a singer soon sharing the stage with Jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Quincy Jones.
Documentary by Andres Breutsch. Film screening with the kind permission of Peter Wydler Jr.
8.45pm Artist Talk: from Angela Andrew
A brief presentation of her new project Radical Integration, collaborating with artists at the root of jazz and African dances, starting with Othella Dallas, Master of Dunham Technique.
Both the Lindy Hop and the Dunham technique emerged from the same social-political environment in the 1930s and have been hugely influential to dance, yet have been widely overlooked by institutions. Angela seeks to challenge learned biases about technique, experimentation and radicality.
There will be time after for drinks and informal chat / Q&A.
About Othella Dallas
Discovered by at the age of 19 by Katherine Dunham (pioneering choreographer, anthropologist and social activist), became a principal dancer at the Katherine Dunham Company during the early 1940s. In 1975 she founded a dance school in Basel where she teaches until this day. At 93 years young she is a carrier of academic and corporal knowledge of the integration of African centred dances.
Lindy Hopper, dance artist, teacher, blogger
Having studied Lindy Hop ‘informally’ for over 25 years she observed from a distance the institutionalised nature of dance. Angela makes the case for the Lindy Hop to be recognised for its duality: as a contemporary art form and a popular social dance.
*Full name: Othella Talmadge Strozier Wydler, and often known as Othella Strozier in dance circles.
**some text source - What Is Luck? sleeve notes
Friday 22nd February, 7:30 - 9.30pm