We Are Now is an ongoing intergenerational project that began in 2015. All elements of We Are Now celebrates intergenerational exchange and women. We Are Now aims to empower and give space to women and girls, question the age segregation in our society and provide a positive counterbalance.
Hannah’s questions with the project are;
How do I create a space (and eventually performance) where adult / child and everything in between is equal? (ie. its not a workshop for children where adults can join in and visa versa).
How do I care for everyone's needs but also challenge / explore / stay true to my artistic practice?
How do I care for everyone's needs but move beyond social presumptions?
How can I be clear and also let things emerge?
How do I celebrate women and intergenerational exchange per-formatively/ through performance?
To date, as part of her research, Hannah has produced two films in collaboration with film maker Rowland Hill, ran an all female intergenerational movement group and been in residency at Kala Sangam Bradford resulting in a performance as part of WOW Festival.
In 2018 Hannah was selected to be one of three artists in Yorkshire Dance’s year long Dance Partner Project programme and has used this support to continue her research and work towards a final intergenerational performance. In 2019 she was awarded the Leeds Dance Partnership Fellowship at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She will use the themes of We Are Now as a frame through which to think about education and develop her teaching practice.
Hannah has been working with photographer Sara Teresa to document the project and they plan to produce a We Are Now book.
Be part of We Are Now
Hannah is looking for women of all ages to join her in a weekly intergenerational movement session. The sessions are open to female / non binary people with a desire to move (no dance experience necessary) and who want to be creative with people of different ages. The sessions will include improvised movement, creative tasks, relaxation techniques and conversation.
The sessions will run on the following dates; June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. You can drop in to the sessions and they are free to attend.
All the sessions will be 2.30 - 4.30pm at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Rd, LS7 4BH.
There will also be more session in September, details tbc.
For more information about the sessions email Hannah at email@example.com or call her on 07866029664.
Hannah will also run a We Are Now Summer School
August 19th - 23rd Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm
The Summer School costs £25 per person for the week (lunch provided) and will take place at Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, LS9 8AH.
You don’t have to come to the open sessions to attend the summer school.
Due to the nature of the work the Summer School has limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to register please email Anna Turzynski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07751307931.
We Are Now is supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire Dance and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Image credits Sara Teresa