Date: Saturday 28th October 2017
Venue: Wac Arts
Here at Daytrippers we love to try new things. By staging events that are imaginative and a little out of the ordinary we want everyone to experience more and hopefully develop lasting passions in a variety of different fields.
In this spirit, we hosted our first ever creative dance workshop this autumn! The event was led by choreographers from Candoco Dance Company, an award winning contemporary dance company which comprises disabled and non-disabled dancers. Candoco was founded in 1991 and it’s dancers tour internationally as well as deliver inclusive workshops to broaden people’s perceptions of creativity and ability. We had the pleasure of working with Candoco previously at our Diggin’ the Gallery events at the Tate Britain, so we were excited to see how their classes worked in a private group setting.
The event took place in a dance studio at Belsize Park’s Wac Arts, a centre for excellence in youth performing arts and media. Some of the young people in attendance were new comers to the world of contemporary dance and others were evidently seasoned movers – one family had even come from another dance club earlier that day!
The varied content of Candoco’s workshop was first and foremost inclusive; one parent who attended said that the day’s activities were “engaging and effectively involved all types of ages and disabilities.” The session moved through a range of exercises which incorporated contemporary dance, creative movement, and team building games. The children and young people were encouraged to challenge the usual modes of physical expression and move their bodies creatively in the bright studio. The braver family members and Daytrippers staff were also invited to join in.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm and support from both Candoco and Daytrippers. The activity was very well structured and I met some nice people and other parents and carers.” – Parent
The whole group enjoyed completing the workshop by taking part in a collective drawing exercise, using a large piece of paper to summarise their thoughts about the session. It was fantastic to see families getting involved and sharing in the collective experience. As one parent said, the workshop “gave children the opportunity to try new activities and enabled me to spend quality time with my son.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to Candoco’s choreographers Andrew, Anne-Gaelle and Ellie for a great session, and to our volunteers Christina and Ismar for their time and continued commitment.
Photography by Ismar Uzeirovic