Tickets have now gone on sale for the performance of an experimental community dance project at the Farnham Maltings on Sunday 21 August.
Every Day People has taken six local people who are unconnected with the world of dance, through the process of choreographing a dance about something personal to them. Over the summer, the choreographers have worked with four professional dancers and Sally Marie, a nationally acclaimed artistic director, to bring their stories to life.
The bite-size, scratch performances cover a variety of themes. Stella Wiseman is a local journalist and author who has devised a dance inspired by her Father’s dementia. Mary Branson, who until recently was the artist in residence at the Houses of Parliament, has made an experimental dance film based on the illegal bird trappings by the islanders of Gozo in Malta. Stuey Burnett is a photographer and has created a dance about his shadow. He playfully questions what would happen if your shadow came to life and where it might take you!
Rachel Palmer from The Dance Movement is the project producer and she has been observing as the dances have developed. She says: “The work that has been created has surpassed my expectations. The dancers are amazing and it has been exciting to see how they have translated the every day people’s stories into physical movements.
“The every day people have really taken to the task and have chosen a variety of stories to tell. Rosie Gunn is a lecturer at the UCA in Farnham and she has chosen to explore mental health. Charlie Betts is an artist and has recently become a mum. She is looking at the state of change and uses paint to show how our journeys imprint on each other – it’s a very clever idea and very colourful. Finally, Jez Ward and Debbie Norris have worked together to create a piece about a walker in Snowdonia who is alleged to have had an encounter with a water goddess. The stories are all so powerful and really quite moving.”
The project has been made possible by an award of a £15,000 from Arts Council England and support from the Farnham Maltings.
The tickets for the performance cost £10 for adults and £7 for Concessions and can be purchased here. Previews of some of the dances and more information about the choreographers and their stories can also be seen here.