Empower My Community

During 2019, Black Country Dance Hub have been working with a group of young people with additional learning needs.  They have been using the Arts, especially movement and dance as a vehicle to increase their confidence, self esteem and develop important life skills for the workplace and beyond.

In this film you will hear from those participants, staff from Walsall Adult Education College and from staff at Black Country Dance Hub, as they share what the project has involved and the impact of ‘Empower My Community’.

Black Country Dance Hub: Empower My Community

During 2019, Black Country Dance Hub have been working with a group of young people with additional learning needs at Walsall Adult Community College.  They have been using the arts, especially movement and dance as a vehicle to increase their confidence, self esteem and develop important life skills for the workplace and beyond.

In this film you will hear from those participants, staff from Walsall Adult Education College and from staff at Black Country Dance Hub, as they share what the project has involved and the impact of ‘Empower My Community’.

Extant – Home: The Way I See It

A group of storytellers, made up of Blind Veterans and friends have worked together for 10 weeks.

They have learnt to tell as story from their childhood; to move you, make you laugh and prompt you to think about your own life and if it were you, what you might tell others.

It’s an intimate portrait of how we can gather, despite differences, to share a piece of our history.

And you’re invited.

Produced for Extant, May 2019
http://www.extant.org.uk/

Lichfield Festival 2017

A timelapse of a community workshop in a pop up shop during the 2017 Lichfield Festival.  Based on the theme of ‘travels’, I invited passers by to interact with a wall sized map of the world – marking where they currently live, where they have lived or worked and where they want to go.  They also produced patches to make a patchwork quilt of journeys – real and imaginary.

Extant: Getting on with Life

In January 2017 a group of visually impaired participants embarked on a journey with Extant, Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. This film explores their creative journeys and documents their final performance at mac Birmingham in May 2017.

‘Getting on with Life’ uses music and comedy to explore the assumptions we make about each other and how we challenge them. The sharing reveals different scenarios to raise awareness of some barriers that people with a visual impairment face.

Keneish Dance – High

Keneish Dance specialize In Contemporary Dance And African Dance.  This trailer is for their dance piece ‘High’, a work in progress.

‘High’ is a highly physical and heart deep work based on the realm of health, through a journey of escape, acceptance and memories.

For more details and booking information go to keneishdance.com.

Abang

This dance performance was part of the ‘If I Could Reach Home’ project. The project combined Bharatanatyam and Kathak with traditional poetry and with poems written by female Asylum Seekers.

Abang
Performed by: Lakshmi Srinivasan
Abhang Music: Bhanu Dasa
Raga: Bhimplas, Tala: Adi
Choreography: Lakshmi Srinivasan..

Performed at Rowheath Pavilion on 2nd December 2016.

To find out more about project leader Magdalen Gorringe’s work, including performance, choreography and her research work, go to magdalengorringe.wordpress.com/about/.

Ganesh Vandana

This dance performance was part of the ‘If I Could Reach Home’ project. The project combined Bharatanatyam and Kathak with traditional poetry and with poems written by female Asylum Seekers.

Ganesh Vandana
Performed by: Aishani Ghosh
Music: Shankar Mahadevan
Choreography: Srimati Chitralekha Bolar

Performed at Rowheath Pavilion on 2nd December 2016.

To find out more about project leader Magdalen Gorringe’s work, including performance, choreography and her research work, go to magdalengorringe.wordpress.com/about/.

Kadanakutuhalam Thillana

This dance performance was part of the ‘If I Could Reach Home’ project. The project combined Bharatanatyam and Kathak with traditional poetry and with poems written by female Asylum Seekers.

Kadanakutuhalam Thillana
Performed by: Magdalen Gorringe, Vidya Patel, Lakshmi Srinivasan, Aishani Ghosh
Composer: Dr Balamuralikrishnan
Raga: Kadanakutuhalam, Tala: Adi
Musicians: Vocal: Sivasakthi Sivanesan; Mrdangam: M. Balachander; Violin: Balu Raghuraman; Nattuvangam: Prakash Yaddagudde
Choreography: Magdalen Gorringe and Lakshmi Srinivasan, based on original choreography by Prakash Yaddagudde

Performed at Rowheath Pavilion on 2nd December 2016.

To find out more about project leader Magdalen Gorringe’s work, including performance, choreography and her research work, go to magdalengorringe.wordpress.com/about/.

More Saiyaan

This dance performance was part of the ‘If I Could Reach Home’ project. The project combined Bharatanatyam and Kathak with traditional poetry and with poems written by female Asylum Seekers.

More Saiyaan, a Thumri
Performed by: Vidya Patel
Raag: Desh
Taal: Adha
Choreography: Sujata Banerjee

Performed at Rowheath Pavilion on 2nd December 2016.

To find out more about project leader Magdalen Gorringe’s work, including performance, choreography and her research work, go to magdalengorringe.wordpress.com/about/.