Choreography

July 2011 – Dance ‘Til Your Heart’s Content (dance film)

Choreography – Joan Beattie, Kelly Shearer & Gillian Smith

Music – Keith Beattie

Costume – Joan Beattie

Film & Edit – Lousie Mather

Company – 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 was created using field recordings from each film location alongside composed music.

February 2011 – Right (dance film & live dance)

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – The RED Ensemble

Costume – Joan Beattie

Film & Edit – Lousie Mather

Company – Vito Dance Theatre & The RED Ensemble

Right, Charlie Gracie’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.  Joan’s movement was an interpretation of this poem.

January, April 2011 – I Only Want What I Can’t Have

Choreography – Joan Beattie, Kelly Shearer & Gillian Smith

Music – The Police (TLK Remix), Any Color Black & The Prodigy

Costume – Joan Beattie

Company – Vito Dance Theatre

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.

December 2010 – Eclectic Peel (dance film)

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – The Undertones

Costume – Joan Beattie

Textile – Alan Moore of Ten30

Company – Vito Dance Theatre & Ten30

Exploring the relationship John 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.

January, March & June 2010 – Presence (live & film)

Choreography – Joan Beattie, Kelly Shearer & Gillian Smith

Music – Keith Beattie, We Were Promised Jetpacks

Costume – Joan Marshall

Film & Edit – Liam Marshall

Company – Vito Dance Theatre

3 sisters who resign to the fact that they are ghosts (having no idea how it happened) and try to settle into their new surroundings and afterlife. This is a beautiful, mesmerizing and energetic dance piece which shows the strong relationship between the 3 sisters.

June 2009 – I.D

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – Keith Beattie

Costume – Joan Beattie

Company – FireBox Dance Theatre ‘Limited Edition’

Looking at our own identity and how people perceive us and how we would like to be perceived.  Sometimes we become something we’re not just to fit in with society.

 

March 2009 – Scottish Marriage Care

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – Fourtet

Company – Scottish Marriage Care

This choreography was created to be a fresh representation of what Scottish Marriage Care can offer to families in Scotland.

January 2009 – Reel To Real

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – Afrocelt

Costume – Joan Beattie

Company – Coatbridge College

Celebrating Homecoming Scotland & our heritage, this contemporary dance piece looked back to the different clans of Scotland how they worked, fought and survived in their land.  Movement was also inspired by traditional Scottish dances.

May 2008 – Tangled

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – Prodigy

Costume – Joan Beattie

Company – Coatbridge College

Embroiled in situations you feel there is no way out of.

June 2007 – Fatomasofobia

Choreography – Joan Beattie & Susan Elena

Music – Messer Chups

Costume – Helen McGarvey

Company – Blaze

Think Film Noire detective story with femme fatales.

December 2006 – Stand Up

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – St Andrew’s HS students (Inspired by Christina Aguilera)

Film Director –

Company – The STAND, West Dunbartonshire.

Movie Trailer for their dance film ‘Stand Up’.

June 2004 – Cinderella

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Music – Serge Prokofiev, Ludovico Einaudi, Claude Debussy, Blind Guardian, Vanessa Mae

Costume – Joan Beattie

Company  – Anniesland College

Contemporary dance piece based on the classic tale of Cinderella.

July 2004 – Changes Through Time

Choreography – Joan Beattie & Jayne Middleton

Music –

Set – Lauren Brown & Andrea Valentine

Company – Greenspace Scotland

Dance piece about the transition from natural surroundings to a more industrial one. 

September 1996 – 2009

Choreography – Joan Beattie

Company – Saint Andrew’s Musical Society (SAMS)

Productions – Bugsy Malone, The Wiz, Boogie Nights, Crazy For You, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Gumshoe & Play It Again SAMS.


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