(c) Daniel Spencer
(c) Daniel Spencer

Workshops in Johannesburg

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(c) Daniel Spencer
(c) Daniel Spencer

Summer School in Los Angeles

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(c) Richard Budd
(c) Richard Budd

WindRushHour - Kenrick Rowe

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(c) Daniel Spencer
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Workshops in Johannesburg

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State of Trust is a registered charity set up in 2014 to address social need, provide education and support community cohesion through arts activity. State of Trust is the charitable arm of State of Emergency Limited, a performance and production company established in 1986, with a wide network of artists and a proven track record of delivering high quality work. Visit State of Emergency's website for further information.

Since 2014 State of Trust has delivered a wide range of successful projects and productions in its own right and has received funding from HPC/Somerset Community Foundation, Somerset West & Taunton Council, Sedgemore District Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities, Near Neighbours, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England. Significantly, State of Trust conceived and curated the first Black dance archive in the UK.

The company has a long track record of working with Black dance artists and musicians and has given opportunities to 100s of professional and emerging artists over 4 decades. Together, we have created numerous dance theatre productions and are committed to further developing our skills in this arena. Past works include: ‘Desert Crossings’: “Rarely have I witnessed a dance piece so unforgiving in the energy it demands, yet the performers are ceaseless in their commitment, intensity and passionate articulation of the choreography.” Sarah Wilkinson, The Stage. In this production, we worked with South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma. The performance and educational programme toured for two years in the UK, South Africa, Canada and Germany; and ‘Where Is Home?’: "Where Is Home? is a brave exploration of togetherness, fellowship and love." Asterope Tia Chatzinikola, London Dance. In this international production we employed choreographers Dumisani Ngubane, Bafana Matea and Michael Joseph and an all-South African cast. The performance and educational programme toured for two years in the UK, South Africa and USA including a youth summer school at CalArts University Los Angeles.

Since 2019 State of Trust has delivered annual programmes of activity to celebrate National Windrush Day including performances, workshops in schools and colleges, online classes and panel discussions featuring British Caribbean and original Windrush Generation artists. We have also delivered an extensive programme of workshops and activity based on our production 'Where Is Home?' which deals with issues of identity and belonging engaging both indiginous and migrant communities in West Somerset. Most recently the company conceived and directed dance film project ‘Coleridge Unbound’ with choreographers Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva, Keisha Grant, Michael Joseph and Kay Crook. This project is set to continue in 2022 with the support of Arts Council England and Beckford’s Tower/Bath Preservation Trust.