Opportunity: Dancers Wanted

emerging dancers wanted

We Are Epic Inclusive Arts are looking for two aspiring dancers to join their professional development dance company for their ID training sessions…

We’re looking to audition both disabled or non-disabled dancers who are looking to develop their skills in inclusive dance to working at a professional level. Dancers must have dance experience, be willing to progress further in contemporary dance, and be able to work within a company environment who support one another within the work.

Dancers are expected to attend weekly class on Monday evenings in Leicester from 5-6:45pm and to attend weekend intensives with a professional choreographer at various dates within the year. So far our choreographers have included James Cousins, Tim Casson and Rosie Kay. Dancers may also be expected to perform at various events as part of the company.

If you’d like to be considered for audition please email Charlotte@epicarts.org.uk
with a short ‘Expression of Interest’ (maximum 300 words) stating why you would like to join We Are Epic and what experience you have.

Please let us know if you have any disabilities, learning difficulties or access needs. It would also be preferable if you can send a video clip of yourself dancing. If you prefer you can send your Expression of Interest by speaking on your video clip.

Selected dancers will be invited to join in with one of our company classes as the next stage of the selection process.

Minimum age 19.

Deadline for Expression of Interest is Friday 8th Nov 2019

Type, Colour Palettes & Dance – A Week in Yogyakarta

Inspiring Street Art in Jogja

We touched down smoothly in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the sound of the call to prayer humming around in the humid city air.

Ready for a week of design, communications and branding with Nalitari but not knowing what to expect from Jogja, I spent my first day wandering and exploring and taking in the sights. The city oozes creativity, incredible street art is dotted around every corner and every alley, and if you look hard enough you’ll stumble across hidden Batik workshops set in tropical gardens. This was the opening for an inspiring and creative week in Jogja.

I met four of the Nalitari Team on Sunday and we got straight into reflecting on their digital presence and creating a way forward with a digital strategy and plan with clear aims and objectives to help them on their road to sustainability.

The team are a passionate, dedicated bunch and you can tell that they are in love with the community they’ve help to build around Nalitari.

Going into the project I knew that the Nalitari team knew what good design was, but it was clear that they were lacking in consistency which would really pull their brand together, increase brand recognition and professionalism.

We had a full agenda of design, digital strategy and communications planning. The week allowed me to analyze their communications, design and online presence with the team, support them with technical aspects and give the team time and space to ponder things like typeface and colour palettes, I’m not sure many organisations are able to dedicate time to do this!

During the experience, it was important for me as a facilitator to make sure what I was doing was sustainable, that the decisions were coming from the team and that they were understanding the key concepts. I worked closely with PR Marketing, Yoana, to show her not only how to achieve something but most importantly why we were doing it.

Nalitari is a wonderful organisation with their heart in the right place making interesting work, I’m proud to have helped them on their journey to sustainability and if you’re ever in Java make sure that you check them out!


Hayley Holden WAE

Meet the Team: Hayley Holden

Calling Cambodia her home since 2015, Hayley is a Communications Specialist and Arts Manager based in south-east Asia. Hayley consults on We Are Epic Communications and Branding and is also the Projects Manager at Epic Arts.

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Buffalo Boy Travels to the UK

Cambodian dancers go to the UK

Do you remember the first time you flew?! Cambodian Dancer, Thouen is embarking on his first flight. Actually, it’s the first time he’s left Cambodia.

“ I’m very excited for the project, but I’m a little scared of flying! ” 

-Thouen, Dancer

We hope that the fright has worn off by the time he touches down for the second phase of production on ‘Buffalo Boy’ in the UK.

Dancers Thouen and Noth will be in the UK to continue developing their new piece ‘Buffalo Boy’ for two weeks with a creative team. There’s a team creatives working on the production, including dramaturge Lou Cope.

The Buffalo Boy project began in late 2017 with a creative team visiting Cambodia producing a 45 minute performance piece based on Thouen’s experience of isolation and communication. 

Read more about the piece and process so far

The next few weeks are going to be exciting for everyone involved. You can follow along over the next few weeks on Twitter for updates from creative team to get a peek inside the studio.

Film Maker Needed

Call Out for emerging filmmaker to work on an exciting new project with We Are Epic.

Michael, our Arts Administrator Trainee, will be leading on his own creative project; working with artists that identify as LGBTQ+ and D/deaf or D/disabled. The artists will be sharing their stories of identity, belonging and visibility, through interviews and their creative practices, which will be documented through film.

If you are interested in working on this project, or would like a chat to find out more then please get in touch!

Call Michael on 07400 352 651 or email Michael@epicarts.org.uk

We understand access requirements and can make arrangements as appropriate.

International Collaboration Review – A Cambodian-UK Exchange of Experience

Kiki Lovechild international collaboration Epic Arts Cambodia

Establishing an arts organisation in the UK that has previously been so embedded in the culture and context of Cambodia would always present new challenges. One of these is considering the new relationship between the UK-based We Are Epic and the Cambodia-based Epic Arts.

Ant often describes the relationship between the two as a bungee cord – each are connected to the other and able to stretch out to do their own activity, but also bounce back to help the other out. This seems like a great approach to maintaining the connection with Cambodia, but also being able to firmly establish We Are Epic, in its own right. Therefore, it seems entirely appropriate that one of the key strands of activity for We Are Epic focuses on International Collaboration.

It was identified through the Pinpoint Meetings that there is an interest in Epic Arts as an alternative culture, with having an opportunity to now access this within the UK being very significant. While links between the UK and Epic Arts have been established for many years, there have been a number of international collaborations already, with artists visiting Epic Arts and working with dancers to gain experience of working inclusively. What has been noteworthy for We Are Epic is that they can now work in the UK with artists who have benefitted from a cultural exchange with Epic Arts.

Kiki Lovechild, who visited Epic Arts in late 2016, is now exploring collaborating with We Are Epic as part of a PhD programme, thus expanding upon the connection originally made through the connection with Cambodia. Therefore, there is clear evidence to suggest that the UK inclusive dance landscape could benefit from more of these international collaboration opportunities for artists.

The process of working with dancers with a range of disabilities, plus a difference in languages, can present a challenging but greatly rewarding learning opportunity for artists, exploring ways to communicate beyond words and new movement opportunities. Therefore, We Are Epic has engaged with UK-based artists who have an eagerness to explore inclusive working practices with dance, with an application for James Cousins to visit Kampot and work with dancers at Epic Arts. These opportunities are certainly beneficial for a number of stakeholders and will be explored by We Are Epic in the future.

One of the main focuses for this strand of activity this year has been developing the work ‘Buffalo Boy’ with two dancers from Epic Arts, Thouen & Noth, performing and creating the piece, along with producer Lou Coleman and director Richard Poynton. The opportunities provided by We Are Epic being UK based means that there are people ‘on the ground’ able to find performance opportunities, venues, potential workshop activities and marketing channels.

You can read more about Buffalo Boy here: http://weareepic.org.uk/international-collaboration/buffalo-boy/

The International Collaboration strand for We Are Epic has huge potential for making significant contributions to the UK inclusive dance sector

whilst also engaging with professional choreographers and developing their on-going relationship with Epic Arts in Cambodia. As with many projects that are internationally focused, there will be challenges and obstacles along the way, including funding application bids, visa applications, travel arrangements etc. However, the experience We Are Epic have of organising these opportunities and the case studies from previous cultural exchanges should contribute greatly to the success of the programme.