News Archive

January 2012

SOLO – PERFORMED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY KAREN BENNIE FOR VITO DANCE THEATRE


January 2012

‘AGAINST THE MACHINE’ WILL DEBUT AT GO DANCE 12 ON 17TH FEBRUARY 2012 AT THE THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW

Tickets are now available for our next performance which will be at the annual dance festival Go Dance 12 hosted by the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. We’ll be performing on Friday 17th February 2012. Show begins at 7.30pm.

So what’s our newest dance work ‘Against The Machine’ all about? Our inspiration came from the many uprisings against governments and dictatorships that we saw in 2011 by brave and courageous people around the world.

This work focuses on these people who came together wanting change and who rebelled against their oppressors and succeeded. With them wanting change, they have created hope for others.
‘If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.’ (Nelson De Mille)

December 2011

REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN FOR OUR GO DANCE 12 PERFORMANCE

Yesterday saw our dancers back in the studio to start rehearsing for our next dance piece which will be performed at Go Dance 12 on Friday 17th February 2012.  It was an exciting day not only because we were beginning  our new dance piece but also we welcomed our new dancers Wendy, Ilona and Karen.

OUR DANCE PIECE ‘SOLO’ TO BE FILMED IN DECEMBER

Solo was performed in November as part of Fire.Cloud’s Saints Of The Future Concert which involved the community of Clydebank and beyond.  Vito Dance Theatre were delighted to perform at this event.

Karen Bennie and Joanne Garbutt choreographed and performed this beautiful eye catching dance piece to over 200 people that evening.  The audience loved it so much that we’ve decided to film it this month so that more of you can see how beautiful it really was.  We will keep you posted when it’s available for you to see.  You can have a look at some of the photographs taken at the performance by John Linton.

November 2011

VITO DANCE THEATRE TO PERFORM AT FIRE.CLOUD’S SAINTS OF THE FUTURE CONCERT IN NOVEMBER

July 2011

ON RED ONLINE TV SERIES FINDS OUT WHO VITO DANCE THEATRE ARE AND WHAT THEY’RE ALL ABOUT


June 2011

VITO DANCE THEATRE ARE FUNDED TO CREATE THREE SCREENDANCES FOR THE MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL IN GLASGOW

 

As part of Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival this July Vito Dance Theatre have been funded by Glasgow Life to create 3 new screendance works.  Joan will again be working with Louise Mather who’ll be filming, dancers include Joan Beattie, Gillian Smith and Kelly Shearer and field recordist and composer Keith Beattie will be creating original pieces of music for each film. The films will have two showings at GMAC, on Sunday 24th July 1pm and 3pm.

Dance Til Your Heart’s Content

Presented by Vito Dance Theatre
See the beauty of
Glasgow through dance.  Three eye catching dance films: Morning, Noon and Night. Each dancer’s improvised movements and feelings are influenced by their surroundings and time of day. They dance away ’til their heart’s content’. The music for each dance film will be created using field recordings from each film location alongside composed music.
Duration 30 minutes

To see the photographs by Claire Thomson Click here.

April 2011

DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY CSILLA KOZMA

Joan was really excited to work with Csilla in April as she had mentioned she was inspired by Lois Greenfield’s work, who is Joan’s favourite dance photographer.  Joan has been looking for someone in Glasgow who specialises in dance photography so was extremely pleased when she heard Csilla was looking for dancers for her graded unit.  Csilla is an HND student studying at The City of Glasgow College (The Met) and is hoping to move onto the degree after summer.  To see the rest of the photographs click here.


April 2011

VITO DANCE THEATRE PERFORMING LIVE AT CANCER RESEARCH UK FUNDRAISING EVENT IN GLASGOW SATURDAY 23RD APRIL 2011

Suzi Kelly’s Charity Night ‘An Evening Of Entertainment’ managed to raise a massive £1054 for Cancer Research UK. Suzi was so touched by the support of all those who made it along.  Vito performed brilliantly and there’s some amazing


Thursday, 24th March 2011

EXTRACT OF DANCE FILM FROM JOAN’S  INTERPRETATION OF THE POEM ‘RIGHT’ BY CHARLIE GRACIE

Louise Mather from the duo Any Color Black filmed and edited this amazing piece of dance film featuring Vito Dance Theatre’s artistic director Joan Beattie.  The shoot took place under one of Glasgow’s lit up bridges at the Clyde on a cold late night.  The full length screen dance which is 15 minutes played behind Joan and the RED Ensemble, as they performed live at Sound Lab.  The movement and soundscapes were both improvised and an interpretation of the poem ‘Right’  by Charlie Gracie.

Charlie’s poem which juxtaposes George Bush’s procalimed support of the right to life with the actions of US and UK forces who launched volleys of Tomohawk Cruise missiles into Baghdad in the early stages of then Iraq war.

In the poem, a pregnant woman, Zubaida, is killed with her unborn child; an event undoubtedly common during that illegal attack.

“Dancer Joan Beattie gave a beautiful interpretation of right.” (Charlie Gracie)

Monday, 28th February 2011

VITO DANCE ARE PERFORMING AT THE SPRINGBOARD CHOREOGRAPHIC PLATFORM IN EDINBURGH TELFORD COLLEGE THEATRE THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

The company will be performing their new work ‘I Only Want What I Can’t Have’. So if you missed it in January at the Theatre Royal, and you won’t get a chance to make it to the Cancer Research UK fundraiser then here’s another opportunity to check this amazing and energetic dance piece out.

In life we pursue things that we eventually find out we can’t have: jobs, money, people, relationships. Is it fate that it’s never within our grasp? Does what we pursue mean more when we don’t have it, than when we do? Are you all about the chase, or do you really want what you can’t have? This is an upbeat and energetic dance piece that will have you on the edge of your seats, wanting more of what you can’t have.

Venue: Edinburgh’s Telford College, 350 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH51QE

Time of Performance: 7-9pm

Tickets £8, £5 concession

Wednesday, 16th February 2011

PERFORMING LIVE & ON FILM WITH THE RED ENSEMBLE AT CITY HALLS GLASGOW ON  WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH 2011

Vito Dance Theatre are delighted to be working alongside the improvisational sound group the RED Ensemble.  Joan will be performing and improvising live on the night as well as working on a dance film with Louise Mather.  Joan’s excited about this new project and hopes you can make it to the performance on Wednesday 2nd March 2011, City Halls, Glasgow in the Recital Room.


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Read what Scottish poet Charlie Gracie thought of our interpretation of his poem ‘Right’ which Joan Beattie performed live and on film with The RED Ensemble at the City Halls on Wed 2nd March.

 

 

 

 

Monday, 14th February 2011

VITO DANCE THEATRE “ROCKED” GO DANCE 11 WITH THEIR DANCE PIECE ‘I ONLY WANT WHAT I CAN’T HAVE’.

Vito Dance Theatre had an amazing time at Go Dance 11 dance festival, which was held in the Theatre Royal Glasgow.  The feedback from audience members has been brilliant and the dancers are looking forward to performing it again in April at the Cancer Research UK Fundraising event.  You can now have a look at the photographs from the tech rehearsal courtesy of Grant Alexander Photography and also see our Promo Video

Monday, 3rd January 2011

VITO DANCE THEATRE PERFORMING AT THEATRE ROYAL IN GLASGOW AT GO DANCE 11 FESTIVAL OF DANCE

We’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be performing at the Go Dance 11 festival on Wednesday 26th January 2011.

The dance festival will run from Tuesday 25th January to Saturday 29th January 2011.

Rehearsals for our new piece ‘I Only Want What I Can’t Have’ are already in motion and we’re sure you’ll love this Contemporary Hip Hop dance piece.

In life we pursue things that we eventually find out we can’t have: jobs, money, people, relationships. Is it fate that it’s never within our grasp? Does what we pursue mean more when we don’t have it, than when we do? Are you all about the chase, or do you really want what you can’t have? This is an upbeat and energetic dance piece that will have you on the edge of your seats, wanting more of what you can’t have.

 

Monday, 6th December 2010

GLASGOW PODCART’S ‘ECLECTIC PEEL’ EXHIBITION RUNS FROM SATURDAY 4TH – SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2010 AT THE BARRAS CENTRE COURTYARD

Glasgow Podcart paired up 20 artists. Within the 20 there are painters, animators, illustrators, photographers, musicians as well as Vito Dance Theatre and ten30. In their pairs they were to create an original piece of work based on the legendary John Peel.

Joan and Alan Moore of ten30 have been working hard on their creative and interesting piece for ‘Eclectic Peel’.  The launch of the exhibition was on Saturday 4th December 2010 at the Barras Centre Courtyard, Glasgow G40 2SB. There was live music from Blochestra and Esperi and others as well as free whisky and Campari, and ten amazing pieces for the exhibition.

SO WHAT DID WE COME UP WITH?

“For our piece, we wanted to explore the relationship Peel had with his listeners and contemporaries, his friends. We found that John Peel was to many, so much more than the influential British DJ he is known to be, and that the bond he had with his fans and the mutual loyalty they had for each other was almost more important than the music.

John Peel is famous for his eclectic taste, penchant for playing whatever he wanted and general disregard for music trends.  The reasoning behind this might have come from his rebellious, punk attitude, but seems to stem from the relationships that he formed with new bands, often playing emerging bands purely because he got on well with them, regardless of their musical talent.

Peel famously kept a box, filled with his favourite and most memorable records that he had accumulated throughout his life. This story was particularly poignant and resonated with both of us.

Everyone can relate to this. People keep boxes of memories, whether it’s a jewellery box full of trinkets, a shoe box of love letters, or a drawer filled with photographs, everyone has something. We wanted to create a piece that represented this, our own “box of memories” A physical box coupled with a dance performance film representing loyalty and nostalgia.

Joan and Alan’s original piece is…’A true example of the nature and spirit of John Peel the man, rather than a tribute to John Peel the DJ.’

NEWS ARTICLES AND BLOG POSTS ABOUT ECLECTIC PEEL EXHIBITION

‘Keeping it Peel’ by Lisa-Marie Ferla

Eclectic Peel’ by Neil Thomas Douglas

‘Peeling Back The Years’ by Jan Patience Glasgow Herald Arts Supplement

If you get a chance to visit this exhibition, we’d really appreciate your feedback regarding our piece. You can contact us via our contact form, twitter or facebook page.  And if you can’t make it to the exhibition our dance film and photographs will be online after the exhibition.

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Saturday, 4th December 2010

GLASGOW PODCART’S ECLECTIC PEEL EXHIBITION IS TONIGHT!

At last the long awaited Eclectic Peel exhibition has arrived.  The film and textile looks amazing and it would be such a shame if you missed it.  The launch starts at 7pm tonight and it’s free entry and free drink and lots of exciting and interesting exhibition pieces to see. All collaborating artists have had the same inspiration to work with which was the late and great John Peel.  Come down to the New Barras Centre, Glasgow 54 Calton Entry, G40 2SB.

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Thursday, 2nd December 2010

WAITING ANXIOUSLY TO SEE THE EDITED FILM OF OUR ECLECTIC PEEL EXHIBITION PIECE

Wednesday saw a group of creative minds, and bodies come together for the filming and photoshoot of Vito & Ten30’s collaboration piece for Glasgow Podcart’s ‘Eclectic Peel’ exhibition.  The warehouse studio was freezing, but it was an amazing space for us to work in and Joan was so impressed by Alan’s textile pieces that he’d created for the exhibition & the 3x3x3 box that Joan had to dance in.

We were joined by Louise Mather who filmed the dance piece and Grant Alexander McDonald who photographed the piece.  We can’t wait to see the finished film and the photographs which will be on show at the exhibition. This is a must see.


Wednesday, 17th November 2010

JOAN TAKES ON THE ROLE  OF SPECIALIST SUPPORT FOR DANCE FOR THE DRAMA & DANCE WORKS PROGRAMME AT RSAMD

Joan will be popping into the RSAMD Drama and Dance Works workshops whenever they need her dance expertise.  This is a fantastic programme to be involved in and Joan looks forward to working with all the varied groups and their drama specialists.

.Thursday, 14 October 2010

VITO & TEN30 ARE COLLABORATING FOR THE GLASGOW PODCART EXHIBITION ‘ECLECTIC PEEL’.

Glasgow Podcart have found a venue for ‘Eclectic Peel’.  The week long exhibition will be held in The Barras Courtyard in Glasgow.  The launch night is 4th December 2010.

I was delighted to find out that I would be working with Alan Moore, who’s a Glasgow based fashion/textile designer.  He has his own company ten30 which has created some amazing work so far.  We’ve met up a couple of times now to confirm and develop our ideas, and have begun working in our studios. We think that everyone who comes to see this exhibition will be truly blown away by our work.

If you’d like to read a little bit more regarding this Exhibition about the legendary John Peel then click the link. Eclectic Peel

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Thursday, 5th August 2010

 

VITO ARE CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE TWENTY FINALISTS FOR GLASGOW PODCART PROJECT

Vito Dance Theatre will be 1 of 20 artists to take part in a very exciting and diverse project organised by Glasgow PodcART.  Joan will be working with another artist from a different arts discipline to create an original piece of work based on the theme we’ve been given (which I’m not giving away yet). Each artist has no idea who they’re going to be paired with so it’s very exciting and intriguing.

We will be showcasing the work at a special exhibition running from the end of October.  This is a great opportunity for Vito Dance Theatre and they can’t wait to meet their secret artist and get creating.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO SEE JOAN PERFORM IN ‘I WAS THERE: THE STORY OF THE GLASGOW APOLLO’ 

‘I Was There: The Story Of The Glasgow Apollo’.  Written by Tommy McGrory of the Loud ‘n’ Proud School of Rock, this rock musical charts the rise and fall of The Glasgow Apollo, the worlds greatest rock music venue. The live music will be performed by their very own Rock Orchestra.

Joan is performing with the Right2Dance  Performance Group.   There are 2 dates for the performance which will be in Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium (The Armidillo) 27th & 28th August 2010.  To buy your tickets click here.

Thursday, 22nd July 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FOUNDATIONS DANCE COLLECTIVE SPRING TOUR BY CHRIS KIDD

Thursday, 15th July 2010

JOAN INTERVIEWED BY RSAMD TO LET YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE DANCE INDUSTRY AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Joan was delighted to be invited to the RSAMD to be interviewed about her job as a dance artist.  The reason behind the interview is to let young people know about creative industry jobs and how they can get involved.  Joan spoke about how she got started, what’s involved in her job,  what she loves about the job & how young people can become part of the creative industry of dance.  Joan enjoyed this experience very much and can’t wait to see the final cut of the interview.  This resource is hopefully going to answer a lot of questions that young people making career decisions may have at this time.  And to let them see that people are successful in the creative industries, you can study creative industries at college and university, that there are long term jobs and you can have a job that you love.

Thanks to Cochrane Creative Media and Brian who did a grand job at filming & interviewing me.  

Thursday, 24th June 2010

JOAN WILL BE DANCE WORKER FOR INTER-ACT’S SCHOOLS PROJECT ‘MAX IN THE MIDDLE’

Joan will be joining the INTER-ACT team in Stirling to provide valuable workshopsto upper primary school children in the Stirling & Clackmannanshire area.   The project seeks to engage young people in exploring and reflecting upon issues of healthy eating, physical activity and self-image and helps them to make sense of potentially conflicting pressures.  INTER-ACT is part of Forth Valley NHS Board, Health Promotion Service.  She is delighted to take on this post and looks forward to working with the rest of the team.

Friday, 18th June 2010

VITO DANCE THEATRE PERFORMING IN LIVINGSTON WED 30TH JUNE

VDT will be performing on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at Howden Park Centre, Livingston as part of Foundations Dance Collective Tour. We Will be performing Presence, so for anyone who missed it earlier in the year now is your chance to see this wonderful and mezmerizing dance piece. The evening will begin at 7.30pm.  Tickets £9 (£6 concession).  For Tickets contact Howden Park Centre 01506 777 666.

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Tuesday, 15th June 2010

CELEBRATE ST VITUS DAY WITH A DANCE

Today is the Feast Day of St Vitus (Vito)…Patron Saint of Dancers.  Celebrate with a little dance.

Vito Dance Theatre is dedicated to this Saint and hopes he loves what we’re doing.  If you’d like to find out more about who St Vitus was then have a look on our CompanyPage and you’ll find everything you need to know.  Happy dancing!

Wednesday, 9th June 2010

DALREOCH PRIMARY SCHOOL INVITES VDT ALONG TO THEIR SUMMER SHOWCASE

Joan is delighted to be invited to Dalreoch Primary’s Summer Showcase which will take place on 16th & 17th June.  Joan worked with this school in March of this year looking at the theme of ‘Leaderships’.  This was a week long Curriculum For Excellence project which ended with a fantastic performance to the rest of the school.

The children learned lots of valuable information with regards to leadership (eg.  democracy, anarchy, meritocracy, dictatorship) as well as new and wonderful ways to move and express information to others through the expressive art of dance.

The children also created their own music for this project which was very impressive too.  The children will be performing this dance piece again at their Summer Showcase.

Sunday, 16th May 2010

CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE

Joan completed a 2 day CPD course this weekend at Scottish Opera ‘Hitting The High Notes’.  The focus of the training was Curriculum For Excellence: Expressive Arts in primary schools.  This was a very beneficial and relative course for Joan (even though it was really for primary teachers).  It inspired some great new ideas for her dance workshops within CFE but also gave her some great ideas for crossing art forms and how projects could be developed.

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