Mentor Project

This Place where I stand-Freedom Festival 2016

Commissioned by Hull Dance. Performed by Hull Dance Collective, directed and choreographed by Helen Parlor

This evocative duet was inspired by Victoria Pier and created during August. Hull Dance brings together professional dancers from hull, undergraduates from Hull College and dancers from the surrounding area as Hull Dance collective to create work with exceptional choreographers. Helen Parlor has danced with leading companies including Motionhouse and was assistant choreographer for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games in 2012.



Hull Dance is excited to announce a 2 day professional workshop and performance opportunity with Ceyda Tanc.
Known for their focus on dynamic contemporary dance infused with influences of traditional Turkish folk dance, CeydaTanc are recognised for creating diverse, cutting edge work. Based in Brighton, they have an extensive repertoire and have performed across multiple venues gaining international recognition.

For further information check out CeydaTanc Dance

Date: Saturday 23 -Sunday 24 January
Time: 10am- 4pm
Venue: Hull College, Horncastle Building
Performance: 2 February, Hull Truck Theatre, 7pm

The company will be delivering a 2 day intensive workshop, with material especially devised for the project. You will get to revive your movement vocabulary as elements of Turkish folk dance are infused into all the material that the company creates.
The piece devised over the two workshop days will be performed alongside two of Ceyda Tanc’s repertoire pieces. The performance will be taking part at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 2nd February. Successful applicants must be available on this date.
Any health concerns/ issues are to be disclosed within the application.

Application Process
Professional dancers are asked to submit the following as an application
a)A statement stating your relevant experience and why you would like to be involved
b)How do you think the experience will help your career
c)Your CV
d)Some recent footage of you dancing (if possible)

Applicants must be available for the full creative weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January. Must also be available Tuesday 2 February for the Hull Truck performance. Technical rehearsals for this performance are tbc.

NOTE: This is a professional workshop with a performance opportunity; full commitment is expected from successful applicants.

£20 per dancer

Please submit your application and CV to by Monday 18 January 2016


August and September 2015

Lea Anderson is here!  Lea Anderson is working with 8 local professional dancers this week 10 – 13 August to create a piece “Flick” for performance on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Freedom Festival on the bandstand.

Link through to Freedom Festival website for more information about performance times


A 4-day intensive project with one of the leading dance artists in the country will be taking place over the summer to create a dance-piece with local professional dancers and dance graduates from Hull College.  It will be performed on the ‘bandstand’ at the Freedom Festival (4 – 6 September 2015).  The performances will take place both Saturday and Sunday.

February 2015

Helen Parlor ran a Professional Dance Workshop Weekend  on Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 February at Hull College, Horncastle Building.  It was aimed at dancers working in contemporary or postmodern forms.

This great opportunity gave the chance for professional dancers to spend a weekend working alongside Helen Parlor who has successfully established a national reputation for her work from a base in Milton Keynes.  Through her exciting physical style of dance Helen shared her experiences as a performer, choreographer and artistic director through a range of practical tasks exploring her work and methodology. Participants also got the chance to explore and adopt these methods, within their own approaches to creating work, leading to an informal sharing.

Throughout the weekend Helen shared how she has established herself in a geographic area which does not have a strong dance infrastructure or history and encouraged others to share and explore how they are doing this.


Hull Dance’ s last mentor project gave the Non Applicables the opportunity to work with Gary Clarke for a number of months in 2013. Gar Clark is an award-winning dancer and choreographer.

The project developed artistic ideas, concepts, and technique. Non Applicables were also granted additional producing support from Hull Dance, with practical sessions in marketing, publicity, branding, contracting, and networking. The tangible result of the relationship was a piece in development: ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’, performed at Fruit Space on 22 June 2013.

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