Re:Position Talent Development Programme
Between 2013 and 2016, State of Emergency developed a key strand of activity for young people, with projects in London and Bristol. Through Re:Position we worked with local communities to identify and develop talent, offer training for aspiring independent artists and providing a range of performance opportunities.
Over two years choreographer Victoria Igbokwe oof Uchenna Danceled the London sessions and choreographer Tony Adigun of Avant-Garde Dance leading the Bristol sessions. In 2015 the London programme was re-launched in partnership with Greenwich Dance, and sessions were led by Canadian dance dynamo, Ingrid Mackinnon plus a range of guest teachers.
These workshops were built around the themes of The Mission Tours, eg. Mission Possible (father and son relationships), Trans-Mission (civil rights and cultural identity), Desert Crossings (environment/landscape) and Mini-Mission: The Jingle Dress (early years dance based on themes of personal identity and being happy with who you are). State of Emergency offered workshop days and longer residencies, often delivered by who were appearing in the original productions.
Studio Engineering and Production
Between 2000 and 2001 State of Emergency devised and delivered training courses in music production and sound engineering at Zen Recording Studio, Leswin Road N16 and at The Premises, Hackney Road E2. These sessions introduced young people to live and digital recording and production techniques, and focused on urban music styles such as hip hop, reggae, house, and garage. In collaboration with Hackney Wick Training, Manpower Services, and the studios, State of Emergency was able to initiate the first training opportunities in the UK under the title “New Deal for Musicians”. After running three training courses in east London, the idea was taken up and developed at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Box, Wiltshire.
The Drum, The Dance and The Song
In 2002, Clive Roper (The Drum), Deborah Baddoo (The Dance) and Steve Marshall (The Song) joined forces to create a touring performance and education project. The Drum, The Dance and The Song was funded by South West Arts and played at The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton The Regal, Minehead and The David Hall, South Petherton. These performances were followed by workshops in six rural primary schools in Somerset, culminating in an ambitious one off show at the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre which brought together over a hundred children to enact scenes from the Anansi Tales.