With support from MHCLG via the Church Urban Fund, we are commissioning the composition and recording of new music, and delivering free Caribbean dance workshops to Somerset schools. The project culminates in a concert and event to celebrate the massive contribution that the Windrush generation and their descendants have made to British society.
Photo of key musicians Mikele Montolli and Alan Weekes by State of Emergency.
This unique and pioneering project focuses on the heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK from 1950 to the present and fulfills an ongoing need for a current, coherent archive of Black dance.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in partnership with the University of Bedford and the Black Cultural Archive.
Photo: Kokuma Dance Theatre
Co-Mission is an inclusive dance performance project working with a mixed ability group of choreographers and dancers. Co-Mission helps to break down barriers between the disabled and able-bodied community. We are currently offering a community education programme in association with The Curve, Leicester, funded by The National Lottery, and looking forward to the possibility of a full scale residency and commission in 2020.
Photo of choreographers Laura Dajao & Michael Joseph by Kathryn Brillhart.
Dance workshops for physically disabled and non-disabled people of all ages with a focus on visual impairment. Sessions are held in London and aim to improve health and well- being, social cohesion and physical skills development. This programme is currently awaiting funding to support further development.
Photo: Louise Dickson & Illuminate Freedom
Alongside performances of State of Emergency's dance theatre production, Where is Home?, we are offering a comprehensive range of educational work, including workshops and residencies. The themes of Where is Home? are migration, home and diaspora, identity, belonging and self worth.
Summer School photo by Daniel Spencer.
Re-Position is a key strand of activity for young people in London and Bristol. Through Re-Position we work with local communities to identify and develop talent, offering training for aspiring independent artists and providing a range of performance opportunities.
Photo of Re-Position London group performing at Bristol Harbourside Festival.
The Strategic Alliance for Black Dance (SABD) was set up to create a national forum for dialogue and to build an infrastructure for the support of Black choreographers and dance artists in the UK.
Photo of Tshediso Kabulu, Nosiphiwo Samente, Tony Banyatsi & Akona Florian
(c) 2016 Peter Japal.
This project is targeted at under-achievers in reading and writing in schools (Key Stages 3-4), who are often disengaged young people within a school environment. For Word Arts, we are working with popular authors, including Alex Wheatle, winner of The Guardian Prize for Childrens' Literature 2016. This programme is currently awaiting funding to support further development.
Photo: Author, Alex Wheatle
Over the past few years we have built on our choreographic retreats, to include events for emerging choreographers and artistic leaders. The retreats enable artists to explore new approaches to their work, develop their craft, and share ideas.
Past speakers have included playwrite Kwame Kwei-Armah and director Paulette Randall MBE.