MANA: THE POWER WITHIN
presented by ACE dance and music
DATE: 8 OCTOBER
LOCATION: THE GUILDHALL
Directed by Gail Parmel, Choreography by Jose Agudo and Vincent Mantsoe
Six dancers take the audience on a journey which starts hauntingly. The atmosphere is earthy, emotive and deeply spiritual. This performance is sacred, ritualistic and shamanic.
The word ‘Mana’ is used in over twenty four languages, it is universal… we can all feel it when people and things possess this power – they become magnets, power-makers, leaders and world-changers.
‘Mana’ unifies beliefs, cultures and ages
‘Mana’ the ultimate human life force
‘Mana’ – the stuff of which magic is made
ACE dance and music explore this deep and universal spirit in two 30 minute inter-linked dance pieces, using their own unique style rooted in African but fusing styles drawn from martial arts and an essence of Flamenco and Ballet.
A THOUSAND SHEPHERDS
Inspired by two months spent in a monastery in India. Jose Agudo creates a visual celebration of discipline, commitment and dedication. The piece explores ‘mana’ as the energy that drives people to give up everything that they know to follow the path of their faith or passion.
South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe takes you back to ancient times, evoking the spirit and earthy ambience of African dance and Shamanic traditions. Rooted heavily in the tradition of the Sangoma, the atmosphere is powerful, emotive and deeply spiritual.
Choreography: Jose Agudo (A Thousand Shepherds), Vincent Mantsie & Gail Parmel (Mana)
Director: Gail Parmel
Composer: Vincenzo Lagmagna
Musical Director: Ian Parmel
Dramaturg (A Thousand Shepherds): Lou Cope
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Lighting Design: Gary Bowman
The sheer physicality, technical ability, style and discipline was full of emotion and expression… energetic and magical
– Birmingham Post
Running time: 2x 30 minute performances plus interval
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
CALL OUT FOR YOUNG DANCERS
Four Day Residency and Performance Opportunity for Autumn 2015 with Critically Acclaimed National Touring Dance Company
ACE Dance and Music in Gloucester
Their work is bold, exciting and music driven and they have an excellent track record of creating astonishing work with young dancers.
This is a call out for up to 20 passionate and enthusiastic young Gloucester performers to join us for a residency with Birmingham based ACE Dance and Music leading to a performance at the Strike A Light Festival on Thursday 8 October, 7:30pm at Gloucester Guildhall.
Who can apply?
If you are between the ages of 14 and 25 and love dance then you can apply. You don’t need to be trained but you do need to want to do it.
What’s the style?
ACE Dance and Music is a comtemporary dance company. Their house style is rooted in African but is a fusion of modern styles. The company is legendary in the field of Afro-fusion and their current show MANA: THE POWER WITHIN even includes a touch of martial arts and flamenco. This project will let you have a taste of their style in action.
How much does it cost?
It’s only £5. This covers the four days residency and a ticket to the show. It’s really important to us that finance is no barrier to anyone. If £5 is a problem and you want to participate, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
When do I need to be available?
Rehearsals will take place on:
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, and Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October
11am – 4pm, Venue TBC, Gloucester.
You need to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session to warm up.You must be available for rehearsal and performance on Thursday 8 October from 4:30pm at the Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester.
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS TO TAKE PART.
How to apply:
please send an email to email@example.com including your name, contact details, if you are connected to a dance group and a few lines about why you want to be part of this amazing company.
This project Is supported by Gloucester City Council.