Legacy UK Dance & Music LUDAM

SEAN GRAHAM

LUDAM's Projects explore today's British identity landscape through physical labortories, artistic exchange and performance. It's thoughtful principles opens dialogue between cultural and political issues that are undeniably at the front of some of society's main concerns today.

Dance with History, Move To Your Future

Legacy UK Dance & Music is a project based company strongly influenced by the umbrella of UK Jazz dance, a hybrid form that fuses urban movement and balletic techniques among other styles. UK Jazz derives from the offspring of caribbean immigrants who grew up in Britain around the late 70’s and early 80’s. It provides a landmark reference of their transition of integration into a modernising British Society. Its productions challenge the pre-concepts of what Britain has to offer as part of its artistic heritage by producing creative and academic outputs on a global scale.

LEGACY DANCE & MUSIC (LUDAM)

 

The LUDAM focus

 

  1. Research and archive
  2. Technique training
  3. Dissemination of information

 

1. Research and archive: Allows us to further intellectualize what we study and to combat the very reason as to why the dance style and landmark faces extinction. Documentation of historic study and our developments is the prime factor.

Technique training: This encompasses our discipline to understand and embody the techniques acquired by our predecessors. It also allows us to explore the new potentials of what society is today and has to offer us in terms of dance vocabulary and musical interpretation.

 

2. Sharing information: This includes making our research public and accessible to our peers through producing workshops and sharing on the web.

As Legacy UK Dance & Music consistently aim to develop its produce and qualitative experiences it becomes an ideal platform for intelligent and talented individuals to work, grow and think independently. Artists are continually encouraged to bring ideas to the table that they feel might pertain to the objectives of Legacy UK without judgment.

 

3. Dissemination of information: This includes making our research public and accessible to our peers through producing workshops and sharing on the web.

As Legacy UK Dance & Music consistently aim to develop its produce and qualitative experiences it becomes an ideal platform for intelligent and talented individuals to work, grow and think independently. Artists are continually encouraged to bring ideas to the table that they feel might pertain to the objectives of Legacy UK without judgment.

 

 

Get Involved

 

  • If you're a dancer of any genre interested in exploring what multi-culturaism,
  • This project will suit those of you who have mixed nationalities and have lived in Britain for other 3 years.
  • We are looking for dancers who have at least 3 years experience in their field.
  • Musicians who have intermediate to advanced level training in musical application in live or digital music.

 

For more info contact: Ludam@seangraham.co.uk

LUDAM NEWS

 

CURRENT LUDAM PROJECTS

 

 

WHAT WE'RE MADE OF

Exploring authenticity through dance and music

 

A series of workshops with pioneers of UK Jazz and musicians of various deciplines come together to step into the future of dance culture in Britain with a respect of what has come before.

 

AN EXPECTATION OF VIOLENCE

(Trans-international projects)

A collaboration with lead artists Cat Johnson (Bio) and Herman Mahari (Bio)

 

Expectation of Violence/Rites due Spring is a multi-modal and transcontinental project between Sean Graham of Legacy UK, Cat Mahari of collabwest, and composer Herman Mehari of Diverse Jazz. The work investigates experiences and conversations surrounding the phrase “an expectation of violence” as it has recently been thrown into relief via two seminal anniversaries that continue to mold creative and human rights movements and events world wide: the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's "Rites of Spring/Sacre du Printemps" and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Landmarks in Graham’s UK Fusion Jazz progress:

 

  • 2003 Met (Bebop) pioneer Irven Lewis (Brothers In Jazz) and toured internationally whilst being introduced to the style until 2006.

 

  • 2007 Official exploration starts after becoming a Trailblazer Award recipient. The award was to begin studying the diaspora of African’s who become Afro-American and those who became Black-British by route of slavery and what are the cultural characteristics that help define their arts.

 

  • 2007 Presents UK Jazz piece at Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells. With music by DJ Billy Biznizz.

 

  • 2008 Present’s third piece using UK Jazz at The BIG Mission presented by State Of Emergency at Swindon Dance, The Wyvern Theatre.

 

  • 2008 Commissioned for a piece by Dance North West and State Of Emergency at Co-Mission

 

  • 2008 Guest at Olympia’s MOVE IT dance festival.

 

  • 2009 Started focusing on training and developing with other dance artists.

 

  • 2010 Started compiling interviews with pioneers of UK Jazz

 

  • 2010 Under the Spread Expression Company (Cindy Claes) Graham was able to do an international dance sharing exchange in San Francisco with dance companies the Zulu Lockers and Demolition crew.

 

‘The greatest danger to a civilized nation is the man who has no stake in it, and nothing to lose by rejecting all that civilization stands for.’

Henry Ford II

 

 

‘It is probably true that business corrupts everything it touches. It corrupts politics, sports, literature, art, labour unions and so on.’

Eric Hoffer

 

 

‘Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do.’

Richard Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago

 

‘Understood that the life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation's purpose- and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization.’

Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy paraphrased each other.

 

‘Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.’

- Ted Shawn

 

LUDAM Global

Partners & Sponsors

 

Legacy UK Dance & Music is a project based company strongly influenced by the umbrella of UK Jazz dance, a hybrid form that fuses urban movement and balletic techniques among other styles. UK Jazz derives from the offspring of caribbean immigrants who grew up in Britain around the late 70’s and early 80’s. It provides a landmark reference of their transition of integration into a modernising British Society. Its productions challenge the pre-concepts of what Britain has to offer as part of its artistic heritage by producing creative and academic outputs on a global scale.

 

OFFICIAL LUDAM SPONSORS

 

The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora.

ADAD is a national organisation that supports the practice and appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora. We want dance of the African Diaspora to be visible and valued as part of the British cultural experience.

ADAD has a unique role, working on behalf of talented dance artists who are part of the African Diaspora, to support their development and raise the profile of their work.

 

GO TO: http://www.adad.org.uk/

 

TOMORROW'S WARRIORS exists to bring about a fundamental change in the number and representation of black and/or female musicians and composers in the mainstream of professional music in the UK. We achieve our mission by creating/providing access to high quality development programmes and opportunities for new, emerging and established musicians developing culturally diverse audiences by showcasing and celebrating black and/or female musicians and composers creating an open, inclusive environment in which musicians and audiences from all backgrounds feel welcome and are able to access, enjoy and benefit from all the opportunities on offer.

 

GO TO: http://tomorrowswarriors.org/

 

 

U.S. PARTNERS

 

Cat Johnson/COLLABWEST- Missouri Lead founding partner of the 'An Expectation of Violence' project

Herman Mehari - Kansas City. Lead Musician in the 'An Expectation Of Violence' project

Charlotte St. Foundation/Urban Culture Project will host the UK to US residency

Black Lab Collective Are providing venues featuring public lectures, master classes, and a music premiere, as well as appropriate artist studio accommodation for private practice and research involving all three lead artis

 

THANK YOU

 

Support & Thanks: Association Of Dance of the African Diaspora ADAD

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