Current & Future Projects
State of Emergency are joining forces with artist/choreographer, Louise Dickson, of Illuminate Freedom, to deliver a year-long programme of creative 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.
Where Is Home? Education/Outreach
Alongside the production and tour of Where is Home?, State of Emergency is offering a comprehensive range of educational work, including workshops and wrap-around activities. These can take the form of ‘one-off’ practical dance sessions, masterclasses which give more experienced dance students (GCSE upwards) a chance to join a company technique class, learn excerpts from the repertoire and explore the themes and issues raised in the work. We offer short or long residencies, allowing participants to develop work prior to the performance, perhaps to contribute a curtain raiser or take part in a post show debate. For Where Is Home? we are also keen to offer opportunities for specific community groups to participate, i.e. refugees and vulnerable young people. The themes of Where is Home? are migration, home and diaspora, identity, belonging and self worth. Watch this short film about our Where Is Home? summer school, which explores the themes of the show with young people from downtown Los Angeles:
Page to Stage
State of Emergency are working in collaboration with 2016 Guardian Prize winning author for young adult literature, Alex Wheatle, to create and deliver Page To Stage. We aim to develop the written word into performance through the medium of dance, drama and music and to help children and young people become engaged with reading and writing. The themes of Wheatle’s books are universal but are also relevant to inner city life.