listening, trusting, playing

Skills Exchange Day 1

Today we began the AEP Skills Exchange featuring Danielle Teale, Tim Casson, Clare Reynolds, Tom Hobden, Sarah Lewis, Katie Green, Rachel Fullegar, Lizz Fort, Jo Rhodes, Beth Peters, Hannah Robertshaw and Laura Street. 

Play, connection, trust and listening

Hannah Robertshaw and Tim Casson

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Tim is a Performer, Choreographer and Dance Educator. He has performed internationally and taught extensively for Jasmin Vardimon Company, creating their JV2 postgraduate programme, and has also performed for Nigel Charnock and Ben Wright. Tim regularly leads educational projects for a wide range of dance organisations, such as Sadler’s Wells, where he has worked extensively with the National Youth Dance Company. Tim has previously held Associate Artist positions at Pavilion Dance South West and dancedigital (UK), created the World Record Breaking online performance project, ‘The Dance WE Made’ and directs his company ‘Casson & Friends’, creating accessible work with a focus on collaboration, interaction and joy.


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Hannah trained as a dancer and worked between 2002 and 2013 as a Dance Artist and latterly as Artistic Producer for Ludus Dance in the North West of England. She has led community dance projects nationally and internationally working with partners such as The British Council, The Greek Council for Refugees and Big Dance. Hannah is now Programmes Director for Yorkshire Dance, supporting independent artists and partnership projects across the Yorkshire Region. Alongside her strategic development work, Hannah is a practicing dance artist with a specialism in movement play and community building through dance. Hannah has led movement play workshops for clients such as Common Purpose, Bradford University International Peace Studies, Arup Engineering and the law firm Irwin Mitchell. 


Hannah and Tim took us through a warm-up to put us in the shoes of the dancers we work with. We considered:

  • Being together and being alert - how do we communicate the need to stay connected with the process to our dancers through interactive tasks
  • Opening the space for contribution, accumulating movement and being responsive to people's movements offers
  • Simplicity of instructions - setting clear rules and seeing how easy it is to develop relationships and movement material out of very simple gestures such as walk, sit down, stand still
  • Conversational movement - listening to and respecting each other
  • Exploring our ability to trust and let go of control by giving another person the role of the driver - how do we as artists step into the passive role
  • Working as a team, lead and follow and democratic leadership