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10 Percy Terrace
Sunderland, England, SR2 8SE
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Bee- Enchanted is a circus entertainment company providing stilt walkers, fire breathers, hula hoopers, wedding entertainment, kids entertainment, in Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, the north east of england 


 Hi Im Penella Bee from Bee- Enchanted. Read the latest in my arts council funded project. I will be Creating a magical glow show with l.e.d and glow performers from Sunderland and Newcastle. 


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Welcome to my GLOW Blog this was a year long project. I will start with the feedback from the end of the project and jump back to the day I received the confirmation email. Please click on the arrows at the bottom of the page to see the full journey. 


Steve Cousins from Lets Circus thought that we could benefit from a floor projection and a 2nd set of visual poi. 


"Fabulous" - Daniel Errington Barnes - Intu manager. 

Feedback from artists - more powerful projector required for ambient light. 


" We were really impressed , the crowd really enjoyed it, next time we would need a run through with sound as there were some technical issues. " - Jessica Reggnart -Sunderland Live 

Neon And That 

" Really impressed" - Mick Stephenson Light Artist

" it was like you were explorers from out of space. other worldly" Tracey West choreographer. 

East Durham Creates were interested in booking GLOW for future work. 


"It was Amazing "  Pippa Irwin - Audience Member

" You could see all the work that went into it" - Barry Hyde The Futureheads. 

Generally the public were really impressed with the show. There is reviews on our face book page .. We have 12 five star reviews so far. 

Workshops/ Family raves  

" It was the best thing ever- ' Northern Butterflies pupil. 

"This is Amazing!' Hanabiel Sanders - Harambee Pasida Organiser 




I Got It!!!!!

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Glow in Sunderland! 

14th June 2016

Welcome! So I found out that I got my Arts council  award for the creation of Glow! WOW! so amazingly shocked and excited =) Yeah me! Massive thanks to Helen Green Arts Centre Washington in Sunderland, Lets Circus - Newcastle and Patricia Stead Dance City. Oh and very importantly James Whitman and his epic writing skills! This is a great thing - Glow in Sunderland! 

The Award Letter 

The Award Letter 

Mammy did it! 

Mammy did it! 

So What is Glow?!

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Glow is a journey  with the final destination  being a work in progress performance. 

The journey goes through the following stages;

Stage 1- Pro Development

Professional Development - Hip Hop dance

Professional Development Aerial hoop 

Stage 2 -Research and Development

- Meet with film and technical support.- Buy Lap top/ projectors.

Research Projection mapping outlining animation ideas for the cubes  developing -zodiac light

 Develop first stages of choreography. 

- Research and Purchase  Glow  equipment. 

-Online research collect and save to a  Glow Pinterest. Projection mapping and dance, street art and projection, glowspiration, uv make up, glovers forums, circus and hip hop, neon costumes, uv costumes. 

Stage 3 - Marketing

Work with Photographer and makeup artist -Create a Glow image for social media advertising 

Frank Styles to create a piece of UV street art.

Update website and social media /Meet with marketing advisors for a social media plan. 

Work with Costume Designer

Stage 4 - Studio based R and D &  Work with Artists

-More R and D studio Time- solo. / second photo shoot

-Work with animator and  projection mapping company. 

-Work with dancers and music producer.

Stage 4  Film 


launch on social media. 

Stage 5  Business Development and  Sharing  of work

Work with SES business development team to form a Community Interest Company  

Finish choreo and rehearse 

Share work

Meeting with Chris Williams head of media Sunderland University re all things technical =)

Meeting with Chris Williams head of media Sunderland University re all things technical =)

We bought the mac book  pro! Its so fast! can't wait to start my research! 

We bought the mac book  pro! Its so fast! can't wait to start my research! 

Professional Development Hip Hop

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1st July 2016 - Dance City

So Ive been working with Jason Lund from the Ruff Diamond Cru on hip hop pro development, with a special focus on  body popping techniques.

Some of the techniques we will be working; Robotics, Toy Man, Boogaloo, Fresno, Tutting, Waving, twist of flex, master flex, romeo twist, egyotian twist, strobing, animation , Breaking- floor work, freezes, top rocking. 


Today we worked on boogaloo above Jason demonstrates chest isolations important to get this correctly so the boogaloo works. 



3rd August 2016  Today we were at studio Dance Jam in Sunderland. Ive put together a small movement phrase with some of my ideas and Jasons expertise, video below includes top rocking techniques. 

Story Board and new Logo july 2016

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Ive started using this story boarding programme to map out my concepts for GLOW. It really supports my conversations with other artists even if its a little childlike! . 

New Logo Design - Thanks Frank Styles 

New Logo Design - Thanks Frank Styles 

INTU AWARDS oct 2016

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We performed at the INTU award ceremony. Dancers - Lerato Mcube, Tanya Oxbury Patrick Zizza and Penella Bee. Drummer Markbarfoot  , technician Frank Styles and photography - Cameron Craggs. 

intu awards rehearsals

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We had a rehearsal for the intu awards. This years theme is carnival so we have our dancers in some beautiful new feathers and costumes. 

UV Make UP Photo Shoot

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So as part of my R and D I'm going to explore the world of GLOW in the Dark make up.. Ive worked with a body painter,  a street artist and a photographer before and we developed some stunning images right here in Sunderland. 

This time I get to work with an all female team make up artist Dominque  laws and photographer Sharon Mclnerney

Things to do 

Buy a high watt UV Cannon 

Trail make up designs 

Decide types of looks 

Piece of uv art work for back drop 

Buy uv accesories 


The shoot was amazing see below! 

Teeside university Nov 2017.

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As Part of my bid I was booked by Lets Circus. This booking was at Teeside University. The show is a little more developed. We are incorporating GLOW hoops and some fire projections on the cubes and in the visual poi which look effective. The animations are still basic.. looking forward to developing new ones. 

Problems with the Cubes!

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So one of the first things I wanted to work on was the relationship  between the dancer/s and the lighting  on the cubed podiums I had created for Zodiac Light. The problem was they are extremely heavy and big! too big to fit through a standard door and too heavy to carry! umm!  IN  ACE bid Id been kindly offered space at Dance City and Arts Centre Washington i.e. they were meant to move..  so whats a girl going to do?! 

Cubes dont fit into the car. 

Cubes dont fit into the car. 

New Cubes that dismantle!




Madmapper course - Blanca Reginia

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We decided to go to a course on mad mapper with specialist Blanca Regina. This was the first time my show was set up with a background projector and on site technician. It was definitely the development I needed to push the project forward. See the video below. 

Producer Phil Douglas

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I decided to use some of my mentorship budget on working with Phil Douglas. Having a couple of days with a producer was a great way to structure the rest of the project. Definitely the way forward for my next project.  

Fire Works NYE

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We were commissioned by Sunderland Live for the New Years Eve Celebrations. Glow Has now developed with new cubed animations and el wire jackets. 

GLOW - Penella Bee, Lerato Mcube - Technician - Simon Spencer Harvey. 
Fire Performers - Tanya Oxbury, Nat Lunatricks, Dan Brown, Claire Harvey. 

Creative Assistant and Fire Safety Officer - Victoria Armstrong. 

Roadies- Frank Styles, Rick Brok. 


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  • I have learnt that 
  • To project onto dancers the costumes need to be as light as possible - Pref White. 
  • Leather and stiff fabric is the most effective to attach EL wire as its hard to sew on light fabrics. 
  • Clothes need to have as much light as possible as the stage is dark 
  • UV lights work well on uv fabrics but the uv can dull the background projections if the projector isnt poweful 

Ive decided to work with a leather maker and I have designed some white leather tops with moulded cups. i think they have a futuristic feel. 

We have white jackets with E L wire outline , white leggings and skirts with highlights of uv spray paint. 

I think to develop GLOW in the next stages more research may be required - THE leather tops looked great but were difficult to dance in as were quite rigid. 

The white jackets and leggings are great but dont work well outside and collect dirt! This makes it difficult as the EL wire is sewn on and time consuming to detach and wash. 



Sketch - penella  bee

neon and that exhibition

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We were asked to perform at the neon and that exhibition Jan 13th 2017 . This was a exhibition of work from light artists Mick Stephenson and Stuart Langley as well as displays from community lead in work. The show took place at Dawdon Community centre. .The show had developed to include background projections and the hyperion hoop. We also started to work with UV cannons that highlighted costume and make up. 

We were wearing our new tops constructed by Jez Hunt. 

Dancers Lerato Mcube, Penella Bee. 
Technicians- Simon Spencer Harvey and Frank Styles. 

Creative Assistant Victoria Armstrong. 

online info -

new set up - Arts Centre Washington

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I have been working with Jackson Nash on a more realistic backdrop for Glow. We have come up with this bricked texture and made the GLOW animated graffiti text appear slower so the dancer can interact with it. 



uv circus workshops

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We have gained bookings for our GLOW workshops with 

MActrust and the  Sunderland City of Culture bid. 

Harambee pasida Festival 

Northern Butterflies Sen Group.