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Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo. Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse sessions on the Why Dance? by J-Cast clubroom. In Round 3, we dived into the complex and imminent world of dance technology, from the perspective of resistance, acceptance and prescience of different innovations within dance and the performing arts. From disabilities, to robotics, to software as a service, the world is our oyster when it comes to the marriage between dance and technology. How has technology influenced us in the most impactful ways? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerJoin us on ClubhouseYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk Support the show
Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo. Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse sessions on the Why Dance? by J-Cast clubroom. Round 2 posited why dance is a great avenue to develop and apply leadership skills. It is complex, consists of a diverse population and is relatively low stakes. What else could one ask for as training wheels to one day become a leader in the performing arts or even within other sectors? Here, we elaborated on the experiences of our art collectives and what were some of the best lessons derived. Join us as we foreground dance in the background!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerJoin us on ClubhouseYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk Support the show
Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo. Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse sessions on the Why Dance? by J-Cast clubroom. In this debut entry, we discussed how different schemas, mindsets and social upbringings have influenced the way we approach dance, perceive the world and vice versa. Knowledge is vast and timeless, constantly everchanging and varies geographically, politically and temporally. Is this one way of knitting the world closer? And is that a powerful and often unconscious advantage that dancers hold? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerJoin us on ClubhouseYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk Support the show
What was the worst dance injury you've ever experienced? How did you eventually overcome it? As a dancer, injuries are almost a given. Some are little niggles, others are massive and potentially career-ending. Since everyone is bound to suffer at the fate of the injury bug at some point, shouldn't there be more support systems in place to prepare a dancer for such circumstances? In this very case, it's most definitely recovery over prevention as prevention is almost impossible. As part of another special entry leading up to the launch of Season 2 in 2023, EP.40 officially introduces the J-Cast, the three-men crew on the bi-weekly Clubhouse sessions. We are basically the roundtable version of the podcast, which makes this episode an apt choice for our special series. Furthermore, this was also recorded on the back of two members having suffered major injuries. How did they survive? Listen to find out!Joshua SailoAll House Dance CollectiveHarkness Center for Dance InjuriesIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerJoin us on ClubhouseYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk Support the show
Special: The Thesis

Special: The Thesis

2022-07-3122:15

How does intercultural exchange influence dance? And are people as interdisciplinary as art is? Upon receiving a plea to help out a friend's graduate thesis, a study which investigates how the reality of intercultural exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration and working in Slovakia as a foreign artist all intertwine in the year 2022, we duly complied in providing the best possible account. After being based here in Central Europe for the past three years, there inevitably exists an impression or two about the local landscape. Continuing our special episode series as we build up for the launch of Season 2 in 2023, this episode explores how some of the most critical aspects of the global dance market have combined to develop Jason as an artist. Ready to fulfill your own Background Dancer journey? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk | Waterbeat - DJ LenguaSupport the show
What would it take to finally gain cultural and political independence from Russia? How is the cultural landscape changing amidst this relentless conflict? After many false promises of a no invasion stance from President Putin, Russia crossed the border into Ukraine under the guise of a special military operation on February 24, 2022. Almost three months on, that so-called operation continues to wage on in the form of a full scale war. But even after incessant shelling, killing and unspeakable atrocities, Ukraine perseveres.Amongst those who chose to stay is Oleksandra Korotchuk, a Ukrainian artist and recent graduate of the Academy of Fine arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Her professional experience have included working as a film director, director of photography, photographer and video editor for the likes of Alliance Francaise and the Puppet Theatre in Banska Bystrica. What is it like to be an artist based there now? What is in store for Ukrainian artists heading into the future? What’s next in this evidently cultural war? Throughout this special episode, we explore the five biggest lessons learnt as a Ukrainian artist, told from the experiences of Oleksandra herself. Ready to dive deep into the cauldron of topical fire? Join us as we foreground dance and arts in the background!Oleksandra KorotchukInstagramOn Cultural OccupationHow Ukrainians are saving art during the warHistory between Ukraine and Russia If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show
So, we have come full circle and successfully completed a full season of content and creation! While it has not been easy, it was through your truest support and consistency to the show that we have made it. 10 categories, 12 months' worth of content! What do you think about personal anecdotes, stats, tokens of gratitude and so on? As they all obviously provide a very different outlook, it's important to round up with as comprehensive a rundown as possible. Concluding the first season, this episode explores crucial aspects of the show in how it has grown, changed and consolidated itself as a one of a kind platform. Ready to fulfill your own Background Dancer journey? Join us as we foreground dance in the background and see you all very soon!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk | Hidden - Darkstorm & DiabolikSupport the show
After a year long run, it's time to recollect our thoughts and engage in a little one on one with a very special AMA episode. Here, we listen to 13 unique questions about Jason as a dance artist, podcaster and person in general. Although some were not the most suitable to tackle first hand, this was a wonderful thought experiment and window into the host, producer and founder of the Background Dancer journey. Don't forget, this episode is part of a double launch alongside the finale of Season 1 in the next one. In addition to this, we also have a brand new YouTube channel launched and ready to touch your life positively, and passionately.Concluding the first season, this episode explores some of the toughest questions regarding the industry as well as more general ones about podcasting and the dance artist voyage. Ready to live through some of the toughest and most personal inquiries? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerYouTube ChannelRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle Milk | Hidden - Darkstorm & DiabolikSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
What does it mean to be a nomadic artist? What exactly is a contemporary nomad? With the increasingly globalized world we live in today, it's only natural that dance artists travel to where opportunity presents itself. However, constant migration often leads to fragmented individualities and scattered homes, which results in a recurring  process of arriving and departing in search for what hopes to be the penultimate destination. Henry Daniel is a Distinguished SFU Professor, Professor of Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology, scholar, performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies. As a former dancer, he worked with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre Workshop, Pearl Primus African American Dance Company, José Limón Dance Company (USA) and Tanztheater Münster (GER)Concluding the month of Politics, this episode explores key challenges faced by contemporary artists of past and present concerning migration and fragmented identities . Ready to fulfill your contemporary nomad's journey? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Henry DanielSFU School for the Contemporary ArtsAlvin Ailey American Dance Centre WorkshopJosé Limón Dance CompanyTanztheater MünsterIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How can we best navigate power dynamics within a dance workplace? What about through active agency and heterarchy? Organizational structures have historically been a challenge for corporates and performing arts groups alike, mostly presenting itself as a tough nut to crack. However, therein lie a multitude of ways to better grasp and understand the psychology and modus operandi of our environment, resulting in a reframing and distancing from the often negative connotations associated with the concept of POWER. Sarah Rubidge is an educator, academic and choreographer and digital artist working in dance for over 40 years. She was Head of Education at Rambert Dance Company and headed up the MA in Dance Studies at the Laban Centre between 1992 and 1997.  She is currently mentoring Postgraduate students at the Bartlett School of Architecture Masters in Design for Performance and Interaction, and serves as a PhD examiner and mentor.  She was subsequently awarded a Readership and then a Professorship in Choreography and New Media. Kickstarting the month of Politics, this episode explores the research and methods of navigating power dynamics within the increasingly complex workplace of the performing arts. Ready to become an active agent and unleash personal power? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Sarah Rubidge Paper and articlesRambert SchoolLaban CentreBartlett School of ArchitectureUniversity of ChichesterBooks on politicsIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
What is the difference between education and learning? And for who exactly is dance education for? Although most of us would have to teach at some point, education accounts for much of what the present and even upcoming generation promises to offer. In other words, it's not easy and should never be taken for granted! Instead of relying on standardized education, why not adapt your way of absorbing and transmitting information as an independent learner?Zebastian Mendez Marin is an instructor, choreographer, director, dancer, actor and co-founder of Colectivo Priekopník Veverička and the Red Movement Network. He hails from Costa Rica and performed for Belgian company Ultima Vez, touring the revival of Wim Vandekeybus' legendary "What the body does not remember".  In recent years, he has collaborated with the likes of Honey and Dust and Divadlo Štúdio Tanca of Slovakia. Concluding the month of Education, this episode explores what it means to be a dance educator outside institutional frameworks, also the key differences between education and learning. Ready to learn better and become a great learner? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Zebastian Mendez MarinColectivo Priekopník VeveričkaRed Movement NetworkEducation vs. Learning If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
Why engage in academic research as a dancer? How does intellectual rigour contribute to the development of a dance artist? While we are often instructed to dance first and think later, careers in the performing arts can resemble a slippery slope to many. So, why not combine the visceral with the exegetical to stand out amongst the 'moving' crowd? Mohd Anis Md Nor is an educator, author, Research Fellow and Managing Director of the Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusPARC). He was Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur for many years, pioneering the study of Zapin dance and music in Southeast Asia and has published widely on the said topic, including 20 books to date.Kickstarting the month of Education, this episode explores the importance of academic research and intellectual training within dance education, also the future of practice as research within the global curriculum. Ready to be debunked on some researcher myths? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Mohd AnisNusPARCTalking About InterviewPublishing CatalogueIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How could we identify and solidify personal style as a creator in such an overwhelmingly saturated world? Ever wondered why Urban/LA Choreography has grown into the cultural (TikTok) phenomenon it is today? While choreography works differently according to specific genres, creative capacity runs parallel across all choreographers. Obviously, the only way to find out is by diving deep into the mind of one! Adam Tan is a dancer, choreographer and instructor based in Brooklyn, USA. Beginning his journey as a pole dancer in Malaysia, he has evolved into an internationally touring performer dancing alongside the likes of Shaun Evaristo, Bam Martin and Aye Hasegawa. Currently, he trains and performs with Southern Sole and Hood Nation. Concluding the month of Choreography, this episode explores the differences in choreographic styles between genres, as well as tips to keep evolving as a creator. Ready to think like a choreographer? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Adam TanYouTube ArchiveTikTok vs. Hip HopIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How does a piece of choreography extend its lifespan and visibility beyond the point of creation? Why have both music and the visual arts speared ahead with copyright and licensing frameworks while dance lags far behind? Choreography Online is the world's first online choreography marketplace, paving the way for creators to not only license and sell their works to a global audience, but also others to purchase rights to a work of genius on demand! Rick Tjia is a choreographer, composer, coach, and currently the co-founder/CEO of Choreography Online. Besides working for the Cirque du Soleil, he is also Patron of Phoenix Associates and I-PATH in the UK. As a dancer, he has performed for the likes of Twyla Tharp, Joe Layton and La La La Human Steps. Kickstarting the month of Choreography, this episode explores the potential for selling and purchasing choreography through the digital terrain, while emphasizing the crucial necessity to establish more anti-plagiarism laws for dance. Ready to view choreography in a completely different light? Join us as we foreground dance in the background!Choreography OnlineRick TjiaI-PATHJaQuel Knight makes historyIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show
Love to both dance and act? Maybe you don't need to choose one over the other after all. But what exactly is the connection between dance and theatre in contemporary times? From the heydays of DV8 Physical Theatre, Pina Bausch, Ultima Vez and currently the likes of Punchdrunk or Gecko Theatre, dance and theatre are forever inextricable both as art forms as well as physical entities. Ho Ying Fung is a theatre director, playwright, designer and producer based in Hong Kong whose work focuses on applied theatre and arts for education and cultural studies. He is also the founder and director of Ho Bit Goon (何必。館), a cultural hub for arts and body-mind centering practices.Concluding the month of Interdisciplinarity, this episode explores the intersection between dance and theatre in contemporary contexts. Ready to learn more about the ins and outs of this truly fascinating crossover? Join us as we foreground cross-disciplinarity of arts in the background!Ho Bit GoonIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Leave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How does dance and philosophy intertwine as an art form? Is dance a philosophy itself? Much of dance has evolved from a performative act into the universal thought process and stream of consciousness that has shaped the world around us. Behind every text spoken is movement as a communicative language. Behind the aesthetics of dance is also humans' basic need to share and connect beyond the ring of philosophical fire that has made art what it is today.Henry Lai is a  lecturer in Complementary Studies and Liberal Arts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Prior to his current tenure, he worked at Silicon Valley for more than 10 years managing international education programmes and is a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering graduate from Purdue University, USA. Kickstarting the month of Interdisciplinarity, this episode explores the intersection between two often complex yet fulfilling topics of discussion - dance and philosophy. Yearning for a deeper understanding of dance aesthetics and intellectual rigour? Join us as we foreground cross-disciplinarity of arts in the background!Henry LaiThe Philosophy of DancePhilosophers of DanceIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Leave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
A much postponed episode and one a long time coming. This week, I write a little poem for you as a means of a sharing some very new and exciting updates about the podcast and my life! After successfully acquiring funding to expand the team, we will be launching a few new features to the platform including blog posts, a Clubhouse room and even a YouTube channel! All this is coming soon and arriving at your doorstep across October, so stay tuned for more in what's also the month of Interdisciplinarity. In fact, you could always start here..."It's finally that time of the year, when the ships arrive and the cargos clear.I pinch myself awake for light to appear, remembering all the things held unto so dear."If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Leave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How does modelling help dancers perform better? And does one necessarily have to be 'beautiful' to pursue such a career? The fashion industry has progressed massively from the days of archetypal body types and facial features, where the one size fits all model loomed by and large. Nowadays, it is about compatibility and authenticity. Find the right agency or project, and a model is potentially born. Ema Steindl is a student at the Academy for Performing Arts in Bratislava pursing her Bachelor's degree, but is also a professional model currently tied to three different international agencies. While she did not qualify fully as a model early on, she was discovered serendipitously on a bus and given the opportunity to realize her unique gifts in both fashion and dance. Concluding the month of Dance Fashion, this episode explores life as both a dancer and fashion model, offering insights as to what these two industries entail when interweaved. Interested in joining a casting session soon? Consider picking up a move or two and surprise your panel! Ema SteindlAgenciesIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
How much does fashion influence dance and vice versa? Does dance photography differ from commercial fashion photography? The truth is, the dancer and the dancing body offers a model unlike any other, as the physical architecture and visual awareness potentially render a photographical experience something beyond just the image.  Szabina Biro is a UK based freelance photographer whose portfolio ranges from audition shoots, dance classes, theatre performances and lifestyle or fashion shoots. While she dreamt of becoming a dancer when still a child, she now realizes her dreams through her lenses, dancing through life shot by shot, image by image, dancer by dancer. Kickstarting the month of Dance Fashion, this episode shares insights into a dance photographer's life and how a cameraman helps fulfill a dancer's potential. Szabina is not the only photographer around, but she certainly is one who truly cares about her dancer. "I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."  -  Georgia O'KeeffeSzabina BiroDancing Through Life PhotographyIf you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show
What is the hardest question to ask in dance or as a dancer? Regardless of one being a dancer, or wanting to become a dancer, there are questions that are always incredibly difficult to communicate such as salary, goals, aesthetics etc. Join All House Dance Collective director Jacob Caldwell and artists Elsea Mayes Brown as well as Megan Schneider to talk all things dance. Concluding the month of Bonus Content, this episode explores some of the most difficult questions within the industry through the first roundtable discussion involving guests of the Sol Fest 2021 virtual arts festival held in June. What is YOUR hardest question to ask? Jacob | Elsea | MeganAll House Dance CollectiveSol Fest 2021If you resonate, connect with me byVisiting The Background DancerRate and review here Sign up here to receive notifications regarding future contentLeave a thought on Facebook and InstagramJoin the Facebook group and introduce yourself as a member of our communitySoundtrack: Birds - Tyler Twombly | Poison Ivy Yard Work - Uncle MilkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/background)
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Silver Yee

I am very impressed by the way Jason curates the podcast. He posits dance in context to give audience a bigger picture of how performing arts relates with the real world. Despite this web of relationships is such a vast and complicated one, I am able to follow along under Jason's well organized topics and his clear articulation of thoughts. Highly recommended!

May 10th
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Jacob Caldwell

What I enjoy most about The Background Dancer Podcast is that it is incredibly unique. I have yet to find any podcast that fully encompasses the world of performance art—and more exclusively, dance! Jason also has a bona fide talent for podcasting. His voice is clear, distinct, and intuitive. The Background Dancer brings the topic and discussion of dance into the foreground!

May 6th
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