Kate Flatt

Mentoring and professional development

Kate’s approach to mentoring is to help choreographers from all dance backgrounds to clarify their intentions and aspirations and establish conviction in finding their artistic voice. Led by the mentee, she can offer questions, observations and feedback throughout the process, on the potential of an evolving new work.

Kate’s experience of high-level collaboration has resulted in wisdom, clarity and insight into ways to handle demanding situations. Kate believes that development is accelerated by challenges, which push the maker to deeper levels of creativity, and refinement of craft and skills  – in the moment, in the rehearsal room.

Mentoring 

Choreographic mentorship: This can mean accompanying the development and shaping of a complete work as led by the needs of the mentee, within the context of the creation; helping them to clarify their incentives, ideas and passions, and through questions and observations provide feedback from R&D through to finished presentation.

Career development: Kate’s places particular emphasis on the portfolio careers of choreographers and movement directors. This can include managing commissions, and collaboration, and balancing workload. Her experience is relevant not only for dance theatre work, but also those making a transition into choreography and movement direction for text-based theatre, opera or music theatre.

Recent mentoring includes

  • – Cohan Collective at PDSW 2018 with emerging choreographers participating on the intensive. and experience of working with composers.
  • – The Bench Female Choreographers Fellowships 2016-2018, an initiative with 2 Faced Dance which supports the development of female choreographers.
  •  – Dance East mentoring of three community dance artists presenting work in a theatrical setting for the project ‘Inkwell’ in 2017.
  •  – Onedance UK schemes for observership and mentoring. 2012-2018
  •  – Marion North Mentorship, Central School of Ballet MA Choreography and informal ongoing relationships.

Workshops, master classes and intensives for professional development.

A range of courses which focus on the client levels of understanding and needs.

Examples:

  • – Doorway Project. The first series was an initiative with David Lan at Young Vic for Directors and Choreographers working together on texts,  sharing the floor in collaboration and enabling capacity for new synergy in creative work. For ACE funded Doorway Project 2019 see Kate Flatt Projects page.
  • – Workshops in UK include Royal Academy of Music MA Music Theatre,   a four week project with 12 students of a new work 2019.
  • – International work includes 2 day choreographic intensive with Barcelona Ballet Project and 2 weeks performers workshops in South Korea on musical theatre.
  • – One day Professional development workshops for emerging choreographers on developing narrative work.

 Consultancy

Kate’s experience of Higher Education is invaluable in the development of HE courses at both MA and BA level. She can offer advice on teaching strategies, course preparation, assessment criteria, validations and external examining, with particular reference to creative work, choreography and professional practice. Kate is experienced at defining the interface between practice and scholarship, particularly in industry related studies at FE, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Mentoring Testimonials

Victor Fung

“Kate is a mentor that understands and appreciates the challenges of dance artists who play a variety of roles within the sector. She encouraged and supported me in pursuing the transformative experience of becoming a Clore Fellow. Throughout the mentorship, our conversations helped me to shape and articulate my values as a dance artist. Even now that the official mentorship is over, our friendship and respect for one another continues to grow and we regularly meet to catch up over a coffee.”

Victor Fung, International Dance Artist December 2018

Paul Bayes Kitcher

“Kate Flatt has worked with me on a number of occasions as an artistic mentor and contributor to our creative process. At Fallen Angels Dance Theatre we work intensively with people in recovery from addiction alongside professionals. Kate approached working with this community with kindness and compassion, and a depth of understanding to the complexities they face. Her ability to hold the space with both professionals and community dancers was deeply inspiring.Kate has been so generous sharing her wealth of experience and knowledge I am so deeply grateful for her friendship and continued support. “

Paul Bayes Kitcher, Artistic Director, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre February 2019

Joelle Pappas

“Kate Flatt brings to mentoring her rich and varied experience as a choreographer and as a teacher. Kate was my mentor on two occasions first at a turning point in my career and then as a critical adviser for a piece I choreographed.  Her open, generous and honest responses, her questioning and perceptive observations made her an invaluable critical companion. I highly value Kate’s rigorous analytical approach which encourages reflection and clarity of intention.”

Joëlle Pappas, Dance artist, choreographer and teacher. March 2019

 

 

 

 

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