Our new project Desire To Dance has kicked off with 2 marvellous performances at Bedwellty House, Tredegar in South Wales and St Paul’s Church, London. The aim of this project is to work in partnership with a community dance group who is situated near a chosen venue: the venues all being in the heart of the community and offering cultural interest to the people of that community. We are specifically interested in performing this work outside of traditional theatre venues to demonstrate that any space can be a space to perform, and to develop new audiences for dance in terms of both participating and watching. In addition, the venue gets an intimate and up-close performance of our current triple bill – Power Of 3
I was delighted with new friendships made at both of the venues, the extent of which can’t be documented really.
The staff at Bedwellty House had never hosted a dance performance in their beautiful Grade 2 listed Regency Villa, but really went the extra mile (and more) to help us achieve success. Similarly, at St Paul’s Church in Marylebone, the priest and her staff were outstanding in their hospitality and kindness (even offering me a parking space for the day as someone had already parked in my JustParking pre-paid space grr…)
The children and young people of Tredegar Comprehensive School, Wales and Highgate School, London were wonderful in their energy and commitment, again going well past what we had expected.
My thanks to the staff of the groups again for supporting our projects and to our company dancers who worked ridiculously long days to achieve perfection.
If you have any ideas for future partnerships in 2016 with youth groups/schools, please don’t hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07854 910926
Since coming home from my holiday in Andalucia, my feet haven’t really touched the ground – I knew that would happen!
A week of really positive partnership meetings, followed by the first week of classes for our children and young people in the dance faktry now giving way to firming up of plans that have been on the back burner over the summer months.
October sees us rolling out two projects that involve the company working with young dancers in schools. The Desire To Dance projects will take place in Marylebone, London and Tredegar, Wales. Our company dancers will be choreographing work for the young people which will be shown alongside our own triple bill – The Power Of 3
We have struck up partnerships with Highgate School in London and Tredegar Comprehensive School in South Wales and we’re very much looking forward to working with the young people and sharing both their performances with a public audience. Both performances will be in unconventional spaces and presented ‘in the round’ which will encourage the audience to see the work up close. A difficult task for our production manager Mark, to transform the Carriage House at Bedwellty House (a beautiful Regency villa) in Tredegar and also St Paul’s Community Church in Marylebone into the magical space for the presentation of our work, but I know he will do a great job. He always says “I’m a technician not a magician” but I disagree, I think he’s the latter!
We hope you can join us at the performances which take place as follows:
October 23rd at 7pm – Bedwellty House & Park Tredegar, Gwent UK October 30th at 7pm – St Paul’s Community Church, Marylebone, London
Today has been amazing. It began by starting a new track on Garage Band which gave birth to the Lewis and Louis collaboration. We then moved some of the final parts of the FFIN equipment from the Metropole to the new offices in Abertillery.
I then started my dance CV. It was really hard to remember all the dance schools and groups I have been a part of, but was really fun seeing the progress I have made from Jam (Blaenau Gwent Junior Youth) all the way to The Move (Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Company) . 😀
I then went and watched the rehearsals of the under 11’s group Leapers. This was really fun as I got to see how a teacher can teach dancers from 3-adult. It was REALLY fun and would love to do it again. I cant believe that the week is nearly over :C.
I will update the final part of my blog soon about what the final day at FFIN DANCE has in store for me.