As a busy and eventful 2018/2019 has drawn to a close, I’m now thinking of the next performance opportunities for my Youth Company (KLYDC) this academic year we’ve just arrived in.
We have been established nearly 3 years now and have built up some wonderful opportunities across the years. We’ve gone from performing to parents, to a local school dance showcase, to U.Dance East as part of One Dance UK’s youth platform. It’s been great being able to offer the young participants places to perform, other youth companies to dance alongside and with, and new stages to try out!
The last spring and summer term has definitely been jam packed for them; performing in Cambridge at Energise, performing at U.Dance East at DanceEast in Ipswich, not to mention a whole manner of workshops from Humanhood (with their new work Torus), CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) taster workshops and Tribe (with their new work Still I Rise). It’s been so much fun to organise, see them enjoy themselves and show off their awesome talent.
U.Dance was definitely a highlight, as we were selected by application to perform at the regional platform. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful taking it further to the national platform, but I still couldn’t have been prouder of the company. We have spent 4 months working on the same performance piece Fast Fashion which I feel challenged them to think about some difficult but current topics and find some clear intentions to structure into the dance, all to do with clothes pollution, waste and consumerism.
We’re now launching into Autumn 2019 with some new company members on board and a new performance piece to work on. This term the company are focusing on powerful women as an inspiration for their new piece. We’ve started having conversations about who in their lives they find inspirational and powerful women throughout history, and how we can channel that into some innovative new movement material. It’s exciting!
We’re lucky enough to be scheduled into Northgate High School’s dance showcase this November, so we’ll be showing a work in progress of the piece then. We’re also applying to the same two platforms for our spring performances; Energise and U.Dance East. Keep your fingers crossed we’ll be accepted again this year. Maybe even the nationals in Glasgow…
I still want to push the company to try new things and experience exciting new opportunities, so am always on the hunt for platforms for us to perform at. There’s loads of ideas bubbling including a dance film and festivals across the summer, I’m even thinking about a site-specific piece (love me a site-specific). I hope I can continue to build up engaging platforms for KLYDC to get involved with, and each year the company will continue to go from strength to strength.