Farnham-based dance organisation The Dance Movement, is celebrating the award of a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England which will enable them to carry out a new ambitious community dance project called Every Day People.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Every Day People is a choreography project taking six ordinary local people, unconnected with the world of dance, through the process of developing an idea, devising a dance and presenting it to an audience. Each of the six will choreograph a dance that tells a story about them or their life. Professional dancers will perform the final pieces at Farnham Maltings later this summer.
Programme Director Rachel Palmer, who is celebrating 10 years of leadership at The Dance Movement, says: "I'm passionate that our community is central to everything we do at The Dance Movement. By actively engaging people in high quality dance performances, I believe that we help our audience to grow and benefit from what we do. I'm thrilled that in my tenth anniversary year, Arts Council England has chosen to support us with this fantastic grant that will enable us bring the world of dance ever closer to our community."
Every Day People is the brainchild of Director Sally Marie. The project began at the end of last year with a search for members of the local community interested in telling their story through dance. Since then, six local people have been selected and will now work with Sally Marie and four professional dancers over a period of seven weeks to choreograph their dances.
"This project is an opportunity for our six everyday people to explore and share a snapshot of their lives," says Sally Marie. "It is a new approach to connecting ordinary people with dance; our professional dancers and I are looking forward to taking our novice choreographers through the process of translating their ideas into a dance performance."
The final six bite-sized dances will be performed at the Farnham Maltings at 8pm on Sunday 21 August.