Niquelle LaTouche – NO EXCUSES – @Niquelle_L

 

This is an old ORIGINAL poem I wrote almost 2 years ago, I have taken it back to where I started sharing my poems, in the comfort of the household. I was meaning to re-record it and now with the current issues that are happening I feel it is necessary to share my work.

This is not aimed to cause any offence to anyone, I just hope one day these powerful individuals of the past like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King jr , Nelson Mandela and Dr. Maya Angelou who fought hard for EQUALITY and PEACE beneath an oppressed society’s dreams will be realised and fulfilled before it is too late.
#BETHEBESTMEICANBE

Peace & Love
Niquelle LaTouche

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Work can be Work too… NEW CLASSES

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NEW CLASSES … COME DOWN

#CARIBBEANCRUSH
Tuesday 8-9pm
Getting in shape while working on movement techniques, dance foundations & choreography derived form the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. The class will be to vibrant uptempo music from places such as Africa , Jamaica and Trinidad.
 
 
#COMMERCIALDANCE
Wednesday 7-8pm
Commercial Hiphop focused on performance and individuality within a choreographed environment. Popular music, foundational movement & current trends will be incorporated.
 
 
#EXPERIMENTALMUSICALITY
Saturday 11am-12pm
Dissecting and listening to music in close detail to gain a more varied range of motion available for dance. Pushing boundaries of conventional dance by encouraging dancers to experiment with unique, individual movement. A variety of music form hip hop to house, rock to electro and classical. Suitable for all abilities.

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Hogarth Productions Internship – Whitley Arts Festival – Sound Workshops

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As part of Reading University’s Internship Scheme I have undertaken an Arts based internship with the organisers of Whitley Arts Festival , Hogarth Productions. I had volunteered with Anna and Edmund Harcourt last year in October (see link to earlier post http://niquellelatouche.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/working-at-whitley-arts-festival/ ) mainly because as a newbie to Reading and Berkshire I had no clue what it was and after back and fourthing with regards to submitting my own work for a venue I eventually decided not to and just to volunteer my time to get a gist of how it all goes for years to come. Also I know the importance of having a lovely network of people in different areas of work as a freelance artist, so it was a nice opportunity to network. I worked on both their main festival “Constellation”  and worked mainly at Venue 8 http://www.whitleyartsfestival.co.uk/default.asp?id=270&ver=1 . I also worked with Anna on their post festival Children’s workshops for Halloween. Constellation is making a come back this year and for the festival in October 2014 I am now heavily involved in planning and executing with the organisers (which is super exciting).

The internship began on the 22nd of August and will continue until November and I will juggle this in between University and teaching my new dance classes in Reading (see about page for details).

This year’s workshops will be including sound art and it has really triggered some inspiration for my own works for this academic year, so as well as researching for my internship I am going to do some research of my own into sound art and the possible avenues I would like to explore this year :)

SOUND ART WORKSHOP

WHITLEY ARTS FESTIVAL 2014

Hogarth Productions presents a two session ‘Sound Art’ Workshop Linked to an exciting interactive sonic art commission for ‘Constellation’ on the 24th October: the main event in the Whitley Arts Festival.

  •  The Workshop:

This interactive, participatory session involves specifically made equipment that gives sound a visual context by transforming sound waves into unique patterns. Working with tone generators, chladni plates and small grains that respond to vibration such as sand and salt, participants will be able to ‘play’ these unique instruments to create their own sound signature.

The workshop will be accompanied by a learning sheet that develops their understanding of how sound works sound and broadens their experience of music by introducing them to sound art. They will be able to see a fully-fledged example of a sound art work by visiting the Whitley Arts Festival’s major commission for 2014 called ‘POD’ which will take place in St Laurence’s Church on the 24th October in Constellation.

  •  Session 1: – Participatory Workshop.

This can take place any time in September or October, before 24th October. The length of the session can vary, to fit the length of a single or double lesson. It can accommodate a varying number of participants. Please speak to Hogarth Productions to discuss.

  • Session 2: – Sound Art Performance:

This takes place on Friday 24th October during the day. Timings will be fixed with the participant groups on booking.

Info:

The sessions are free. Transport will need to be arranged to get to St Laurence’s Church for the 24th October.

For more information, or to book your workshop, contact Edmund Harcourt on ed@hogarthproductions.co.uk or phone 07968 439 810

 

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A caribbean woman’s exploration of the human form…

 
ChantiMedia: “A platform for the sharing and promotion of Caribbean creatives ( who we happen to think are uber cool) and their work!
Mission

To share and promote Caribbean art and culture through film, photography, exhibitions and workshops. Our view is progressive , our art is contemporary , our ethos is to give.”

A good friend & successful ChantiMedia founder of a super-cool exchange of Caribbean culture Chantal Miller put out a message via Facebook Twitter and email with regards to an upcoming project:

“We are entering pre-production mode for our exhibition on Caribbean women and their relationship with their bodies . We would love to speak with 20 women of Caribbean heritage ( residing in London) who are willing to be interviewed and photographed as participants of the exhibition. If you are interested ( or know someone who would be ) then please do send a message to our FB inbox or email us : hello@chantimedia.com xoxo”

As a Uk-raised Caribbean woman, who herself uses dance and poetry to share Afro-Caribbean culture,  I was compelled to get involved in some way. I often share my culture with individuals who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to it or better yet, like me raised in it. It is the lack of knowledge and misconceptions of cultural aspects of my upbringing that ChantiMedia will challenge and raise and it is this sharing that will bridge the gap between cultures which is my aim.

The human form has always been a focal point in my works since I was studying Fine Art at A-levels I realised it’s dominance in my work. My last academic year at university http://niquellelatouche.wordpress.com/reading-university-spring-assesment-2014/   concentrated on exploring and finding ways to document the pattern of movement created naturally from freestyle dance, I wanted to show dance outputted as ART, with the assistance of technology of course as that is what dance is to me. The relationship between body and mind is one that really intrigues me, especially from a female perspective. We are used to constant critique and magazines telling us we are too fat, thin, tall, short, our thighs wobble too much here, our hair is too thick, thin, curly, straight, we have good hair (whatever that bloody means), our teeth don’t look straight enough , our skin is too dark, light, oily…ahhh the list goes on forever but the point is WHAT DO WE THINK OF OURSELVES?  This self critique and honest spillage of the dissatisfaction or hopefully self-gratification we may have with our own bodies, is a subject close to home and it would be very interesting to find out the answer to this question, particularly from the perspective of a woman of a similar ethnic background to myself.

From being around Chantal and seeing her visions and ideas that lay in her imagination coming to life and becoming extremely successful projects which are used and circulated on a mass scale is inspirational! Chantal is the most self-sacrificing woman I know, her art and what she believes NEEDS to be shared with the world, WILL BE. I do and will continue to support this creative until she decides to throw in the towel (which I seriously doubt) as being driven by the urge to give (I don’t mean be exploited by people who don’t appreciate your craft and wanting you to work for free), I mean to truly believe in your craft and your vision and sacrificing all in the process, just because you LOVE it, will get you farther as a freelance individual than anything else.

Very excited to be involved with ChantiMedia in this amazing exploration of the body… Just started brainstorming ideas for, choreography to be used in my new dance piece made specifically for this project. Definitely something different and new from me but still doing what I love to share.

Time to showcase the art form that is movement and the beauty of the human form.

The relationship between black Caribbean women and their bodies.
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Tobago’s London Celebration: 50 Years of Independence

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Niquelle LaTouche Arts:

Hey it’s ME :)

Originally posted on dance tog blog:

Carnival Dancer at Celebration of Tobago's Independence in London

Part of tonight’s celebration of Independence was a lesson in Carnival dancing, in preparation for Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. These two ladies were our teachers. The second portrait shows the dancer resting – those headdresses are quite heavy.

Dancer resting without headdress at Tobago's celebration of 50 years of independence in London

I’ve been invited to join their float at the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday too! Watch this space for more!

Other posts on dance from Trinidad and Tobago are here and here.

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Jacques Rancière at the University of Reading!!

WHAT AN AMAZING MAN, WITH SO MUCH THEORY!

It was a privilege being in the presence of such a great writer and theorist, having studied many of his essays for Contemporary Art theory in my Fine Art part of my degree I found it very intriguing and surreal meeting the man behind it all. Here is a video of the session I attended.

Jacques Rancière Lecture at CFAC, University of Reading

 

Jacques Rancière Q&A at CFAC, University of Reading