What a year 2019 has been so far!
The Seedling was funded by The Arts Council England this year and Anna Rowe Dance and I have had a blast putting the project together. It was research and development; trying out the work in two venues with a community cast and two primary schools. It was a chance to see what sort of model works for this project and how it might look expanding it across Suffolk and into more primary schools and engaging with more members of the public.
We definitely learnt a lot, and we’re overwhelmed by how brilliant the end result of the performances were.
Whitton Primary School and Sandlings Primary school both took our breath away with their achievements. We spent only 8-9 weeks in the schools, 1 session a week, and they created a full scale performance. Wowsers. Anna and I both enjoy working with young people and seeing what they do with the stimulus we throw at them. It was beautiful to see and hear the children’s reactions to our themes of sustainability, recycling and nature. They dived head first into the creation process and came up with so many wonderful interpretations of our original story. They even tackled some of the complicated movement vocabulary we worked on the community cast with!
Also, as we did in 2017, we worked with a community cast made up of all ages and backgrounds from people living in our local areas of Woodbridge and Ipswich. Last time we had 11 dancers, this time around we had 25! Amazing! They all brought something new and exciting to the project and they performed pure magic in both venues.
Their documentary film can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYoqwXfznHQ&t=1s
Please do give it a watch, and see how wonderful they all were.
It’s given Anna and myself a huge lift in confidence, that we can push this project even further than we originally mapped out. We’re now taking 2020 to build our partners and networks, so we can tour The Seedling Dance Story around our beautiful county of Suffolk. There’s so many hidden treasures waiting to be danced in and celebrated, and so many more people to spread the message to.
Photography of community cast: Mikaela Jade Photography
Photography of schools: BC photography