STEPBACK HIGHER EDUCATION project
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StepBack supports the inclusion of English traditional performing arts in Higher Education and their use by professional creative artists.The English traditions have not evolved in isolation, and the process of interaction and exchange with other cultural sources continues through direct exchange and osmosis within the evolving and diverse community in England.
It seeks to ensure that the traditions are available and understood as source material to inform both education and creativity amongst arts professionals.
StepBack takes as its premise that the living tradition of performing arts is a genetic pool of material, style and vocabulary, and that its diversity is best preserved in the community.
Nevertheless, we consider that these traditions should provide an essential part of course material to students in England studying any of the performing arts.
To this end we establish a two-way exchange between the community and professionals, and seek ways to learn how better to teach traditional material so that it may be used creatively to inspire and inform new work and artistic practice without becoming a pastiche.
Similarly English traditions are deserving of academic study and research. With a century of collection in the field they provide a unique insight into the issues surrounding collection of ethnic traditions, and the weakness inherent in treating material resulting from field research as fixed and immutable. See the Rationale and explanation of the StepBack project here
StepBack helps artists through involvement in creative projects, and welcomes enquiries.
StepBack has taught a class in Cotswold Morris for the Roehampton University World Music and Dance module every year.
StepBack was created by the Broken Ankles Dance Company, and run directly by them from 1997 to 2004. When the company retired the project was transferred to SEFAN to ensure material and expertise were not lost.
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