Professional Development workshop at Rubicon Dance:
Thursday February 23rd 2017
Led by Paul Bayes Kitcher:
What the dance artists said:
How lovely to move and be moved through a process which allowed for deep exploration of self in a safe environment and within a secure structure. I loved the opportunity to dance for myself as a reflection tool both on myself (emotional and physical) and to join with others to share meaningful movement. Paul was very generous with sharing his difficult personal history and his healing journey through dance. This gift allowed honesty in my/our responses throughout the day. He also challenged me to reframe my prejudices on and impatience with addiction which I acknowledge are there. Recognising addicts and particularly those in recovery as vulnerable. I know I am not there yet!!
Thank you Paul for your courage and inspiration and I hope you can continue with this important work long into the future.
The training day with Paul Kitcher was inspiring, motivating, energetic, supportive and informative. I have taken away new channels to access movement, various approaches for choreography, adopted new methods for creating a calm and supportive atmosphere to name a few. I am fascinated by the work of Fallen Angels and believe that the ideologies being practiced can be transferred to a variety of ages and abilities. We all know how vital it is to know your learners to set up sessions to create, guide and support in a way that is best for them, to enable and optimise progression. Hearing stories, sharing ideas and watching interviews with Paul and his company demonstrate how effective these actions are. Paul was very relaxed and encouraging throughout the day upon entering the room he makes you feel at ease and welcomed. Entering a training day or development workshop can be anxiety inducing for many; Paul has a kind and caring nature that is noticeable from the offset.
What a great day! So inspiring. Interesting workshop ideas that could be used when working with many different groups. Wonderfully organised day!
Would be great to work with Paul again. Maybe meeting some members of the company too. To see a production would be amazing!
Thanks for a wonderful CPD day.
Paul has the ability to deliver a welcoming, non-judgemental inspirational workshop and every time I experience these workshops it has made me more expressive as Contemporary isn’t my most comfortable style so he has a great gift to encourage this side of you to be released. Again fantastic day and very inspirational!
Paul is totally inspirational and there is a huge respect for his work here in Wales. The next steps would be to bring him down for longer (possibly an Easter Intensive) and beyond that one of his recovery groups and/or his main company to Wales. As far as I know there is nothing like FADT in Wales so there is a need for this area of work.
Paul’s workshop was wonderful, such a pleasure to get to dance all day! It was so skillfully held together by Paul, in a way that made it relevant to all the very different backgrounds and ways of working of all the dancers in the room. Although the day was based around Paul’s work and the specific groups he works with, it actually felt like it was relevant to working with all kinds of different groups.
When i arrived i wasn’t sure what to expect, because i had never heard of Paul or Fallen Angels before, but no matter what id still give 100% into the day, when we started i was very thankful of the fact Paul took time to explain to us all who he was and what was Fallen Angles, also was very thankful for the video that was shown, by doing this it helped me a lot to understand a little into how they see/feel things and how they show that through dancing. We started with a warm up it looked pretty simple but it did get the majority in the room out of breath, i liked how we’d re do the same warm up but then there was a little add on each time.
After the warm up we did some corner things and I did panic a little because id only been to college to study dance and everyone else almost had gone to uni so i knew they’d be better in a way but i wasn’t going to let that get in the way, I tried my best and that’s all you can do really, i loved how he’d teach us the corner work because he was calm and chilled so it didn’t make me feel under pressure when doing it.
By doing partner work with the poem it was nice to be able to work and meet new people but also it was interesting to see how others interpret the same poem as us. the poem that was chosen was lovely it told a story and could definitely see that. I loved seeing everyone’s work and it was a good challenge by telling us not to move around to keep grounded. Also the choreography work in the afternoon was really nice, working with ‘hitting the wall’ and for me it was more of how to use your body and not to just act it in a way, it was if you did hit the wall what would happen to your body, so that was interesting for me because that is something I’ve struggled with learning to separate the doing to the ‘acting doing’.
Overall the day was just brilliant to think I wasn’t expecting much i learned a whole lot and will defiantly be looking more into the Fallen Angles Theatre Company, and Paul, I was amazed, motivated and inspired by Paul, and also I loved just having a good dance session with all the other lovely community dance artists.
Diolch yn fawr iawn/Thank you very much