This class will host a practice focussed on actively considering our own access requirements and needs, regardless of (dis)ability, and honouring those in a morning class setting. We will begin with an invitation to arrive in the room and take stock, encouraging everyone to consider how they’re arriving today, and what they might need in this time.
Class will gradually build into guided improvisation movement scores. I will offer and suggest movement ideas using imagery, questions and ideas, as well as reflections from my own experience, steadily adding layers of information. Participants are invited to respond to the invitations individually, using the offers as a structure to lean into or ignore, taking what they want, with options to build or decrease. There will be no physical expectations or set movements and complete permission to do whatever is right for you.
This class will provide a space for people to practice considering themselves and their bodies, and challenges assumptions of the morning class trope. Participants will be invited to take ownership for themselves in the class, asking what they need, adapting and responding to prompts to engage in a personally curated practice. This might change day to day, and we invite that openly. As someone with long-covid, my energy levels frequently shift and I’m learning how to manage the uncertainty of that. I will show up to class allowing and honouring my state that day, rather than ignoring it or pushing through, and I invite you to do the same.
Class may also involve open conversations and reflections and is open to disabled and non-disabled participants alike. Reece is teaching at ID for the first time by invitation of our Programme Coordinator, Alison Thomas.
Born and raised in Suffolk Reece began his journey with dance at DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). After 6 years on the CAT scheme Reece became a member of National Youth Dance Company and toured the UK with a new creation by Akram Khan “Rashomon Effect”. He then went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School where he finished with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Dance. After graduating, Reece became an apprentice dancer for Scottish Dance Theatre where he performed works by Anton Lachký and had the opportunity to tour internationally. Reece’s first job was as the lead role in Gary Clarke’s Wasteland which he toured nationally for one year.
Since February 2020 Reece has been living with Long-Covid which has put a stop to his regular dance work but initiated a hunger to find a way of continuing to create with a long term health condition. He is currently undergoing a DYCP research project with funding from Arts Council England to spend time exploring how to transition his practice and learn more about his access requirements.