Pictured above L-R: (dancers from Where Is Home?) Lerato Lipere, Tshediso Kabulu, Nosiphiwo Samente, Thapelo Kotlolo, Tony Banyatsi. Photo (c) 2016 Peter Japal
So Spring is finally here, and it's a chance to take stock of recent achievements and to tell you about what's coming up for State of Emergency. We are very proud to be launching two new educational initiatives, and preparing ourselves for the second UK tour of Where Is Home?, State of Emergency's international dance theatre production - a collaboration between artists from South Africa, the U.K. and U.S.A.
Page to Stage
SOE are delighted to be working with Alex Wheatle MBE, author of Brixton Rock and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016. Together we have been piloting a brand new project, entitled Page to Stage. The project aims to help disadvantaged young people, and to animate the written word through movement and music. Last month, workshops took place at London Met University and Theatre Peckham, where both students and staff are excited about this new approach to interpreting the written word. We are currently fundraising to develop the project further.
Building on Co-Mission 2015, our inclusive dance theatre project, SOE is now developing a partnership with Illuminate Freedom, delivering creative contemporary dance classes for disabled and non-disabled adults in London. As sessions go from strength to strength, we look forward to developing the group including future opportunities for performance.
Pictured above (from Page To Stage pilot sessions): Anna-Kay Gayle teaching at London Met. Photo (c) 2017 State of Emergency.
Where Is Home?
SOE's international production Where Is Home? has been selected for Edinburgh Fringe 2017, and is to be staged at one of the prestigious Zoo Venues this August. The selection panel saw it as ‘refreshing ' and ‘not the usual suspects', to quote, and they look forward to bringing something different to the annual festival.
Where is Home? tours for five weeks this Spring, kicking off at Swindon Dance on April 21st. The show, it's themes, it's artists and its musical score are welcomed by venues across the country, for bringing accessible diverse work to their audiences. For tour dates and to book tickets click: http://www.stateofemergencyltd.com/tour_calendar.php
Alongside the tour, we are delivering a comprehensive programme of education and outreach workshops with a range of schools, colleges, refugee and community groups linked to 'Where Is Home?’ this Spring. An outreach team of exceptional dancers and choreographers have been trained by our education specialist, Rebecca Seymour, and are ready to be let loose across the UK! Workshops explore themes of journeys, pathways and choices, linking cultural and social history to themes from the show.
Pictured above (Education/Outreach Team - Where Is Home?): Natasha Player, Gerrard Martin, Ashley Goosey, Michael Joseph, Kay Crook and Omari Carter. Photo (c) 2017 State of Emergency.
Tokyo Performing Arts Market
Responding to international interest and with a view to exploring new markets, we visited TPAM which takes place in Tokyo and Yokohama in February. It was a real learning experience. Breaking into Asian markets with African influenced work is a challenge, as it is as yet largely unexplored territory. Connections were made and seeds planted for future development, so watch this space!
We are pleased to have raised funds through the Big Lottery to support the delivery of our education and outreach work in the South West.
Cultural Education hub connection
SOE have been invited to contribute to the cultural education offer in Somerset, as part of the Inspired programme. Schools will be given the opportunity to buy into our education and outreach programmes. This is a great new opportunity for SOE in its local area.
Tokyo Performing Arts Market. Photo (c) 2017 State of Emergency.
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Pictured: Deborah Baddoo MBE, Artistic Director. Photo (c) 2016 Kevin Clifford.