Farnham in Bloom was the community dance project first created in 2015 in partnership with Farnham Town Council. The original project involved around 150 children from local primary schools performing in a specially choreographed piece along the route taken by judges of the Farnham in Bloom. Following the success of Farnham Town’s entry in the competition, The Dance Movement were invited to create a performance for the 2016 Farnham in Bloom.
The theme for 2016 was ‘The Green Man’ often interpreted as a cyclical symbol representing the growth of spring. The dance followed a narrative depicting ‘green men’ summoning the elements required for the growth of flowers and plants that was followed by the portrayal of their life cycle.
The project included schools in and around the Farnham area; The Ridgeway, Potters Gate, South Farnham, Weydon, Farnham Heath End, William Cobbett Infants and Juniors, Badshot Lea Infants, All Hallows Catholic School, Rowledge CE Primary, Carwarden House, Henry Tyndale. Christ’s College Guildford, Barfield, Addington, St. Joseph’s Aldershot, Saint Mary’s Tilford, Bohunt and The University of Surrey.
Farnham Town Council was a key partner in the project which saw the involvement of several professional dance artists working together to create the 30 minute dance.
Rachel Palmer & Nicky Norton (Joint Artistic Directors)
Choreographers: Grace Campbell, Suzie Jones, Lily Norton and Joshua Boyle.