Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tour Dates — Autumn 2017

Thursday 5 October Carriageworks, Leeds
Friday 6 October Carriageworks, Leeds

Friday 20 October Z-Arts, Manchester
Saturday 21 October Big Imaginations Children's Festival, Lancaster
Sunday 22 October Waterside, Trafford, Manchester

NOTICE: It is with great regret that we have cancelled the following performances due to our dancer Adam sustaining an injury whilst coaching students for the Leigh performances.  We're sorry to let you down but hope to be back in 2018.
Wednesday 25 October The Turnpike @ Leigh Dance Enterprise Hub
Thursday 26 OctoberThe Atkinson, Southport

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

ON TOUR: Burton-Upon-Trent

See the Body of Light show and have a go in our 'Stay and Play' at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton.

Thursday 13 April 2017 @ 11:30am

Doors open at 11:00am

Monday, 5 September 2016

ON TOUR: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The team has spent a wonderful couple of days at an arts festival in Peterborough.  It was so exciting to part of a bigger event and to be offering something so different.

We had audiences of up to 110 and were enthusiastically received.  As we were performing a number of times each day for two days we saw a lot of people coming back to see the show again, sometimes wth friends, sometimes alone.  It was very gratifying.

Special thanks go to the centre technician who supported us throughout.

Here's a little video of some of the wider festival and of our 'stay and play' workshops.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

ON TOUR: Cockermouth, Cumbria

It shouldn't have been a big deal to travel up there — 2 or 3 hours driving maybe — but SNOW, BLIZZARDS, ICE, WHITEOUT!!  For Marcel, our little Guernsey boy, just seeing snow on the hills had him jumping up and down in his seat, but now he got to drive through it!  Bless.

The Kirkgate Centre was a minor challenge for us because we had to lug our gear up the fire escape to the beautiful first floor theatre but the staff helped us and made us feel very welcome.

Cheryl Martin was with us on this one.  She ran a workshop in the afternoon and performed her show ALASKA which was warmly received and lead to very open discussion with the audience following the show.

Adam performed with his signature commitment and was rewarded with an excellent response.  The subsequent engagement drew youngsters and adults to the front for a very special time of exploration and experimentation with movement.

Thank you to everyone who came, shared with us and help us out.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bolton roundup

We've had a wonderful week at Smithills Hall, Bolton, with a delightful crowd of children with unbounded energy and enthusiasm!

The venue was a bit special… The Great Hall of the house was built just 700 years ago.  Successive generations have added layer after layer of extensions — leaving the sprawling rabbit warren that we see today.  ;)

For 5 days, the 4 groups of 4-10 children joined us for 50 minutes each.  Darren lead warmup and stretching exercises, taught a dance routine and lead a relax time whenever possible.  Wonderfully, all of the children participated fully despite a few being a little shy on the first day.  It was therefore great to have those kids come back on the second day and throw themselves into it!

The 20 or so children came from various special needs schools in the area and the week's mission was to introduce the yr6 kids to the yr7s at the local special needs high-school they will be transitioning to in September.  Watching the new friendships develop over the course of the week was superb!

There were also visual and dramatic arts engagements that were themed around the rich history of Smithills Hall.  The kids loved doing everything although we did hear that they were raving about the dance activity the most.  We're not boasting.  Honest.  ;)

Silk painting expressing dreams and aspirations in the form of an emblem as seen around the house.

Nifty drama performances based on the rich history of the house…

Consulting the doctor — who, no matter what the ailment, only ever seems to prescribe Lemon Balm!

Inspecting the bedbug bites on a servant who's been 'warming' and 'de-bugging' his lordship's bed!

It was amazing to see the children grow in confidence during the week as they played with the Kinect and projected graphics.  It wasn't all play however, they also got drilled in a dance routine to be used in the final performance to parents, carers and staff on the Friday.  Of particular delight to the children was them cajoling the adults to perform.  What a blast!

Happy people enjoying the grounds and the sunshine on our last day.

We've loved getting to know them all.  They've given us such joy.  What a week!
Thanks to all of the organisers and staff.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Away to Bolton for a very special week.

The Body of Light team is in Bolton, spending the week with a group of children who have special educational needs.  We work for 50 minutes with four groups each day developing a unison routine and solo spots for 'signature moves'!  We are having a whale of a time with them all.
There are art and drama workshops happening at the same time but the kids are raving about the dance and technology workshop over the others.  It's not a competition though.  It's not!  ;)

Each performer takes a solo with their own moves and are captured by the Kinect depth camera then immediately replayed on the backdrop.  It's their moment to SHINE!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

So here is the end of Phase 2.  This was a test performance in Liverpool as part of Homotopia