7 Schools 1 Town was a project in partnership with Gecko. In 12 groups, 360 pupils aged 8-10yrs that feed Northgate High school explored what it is like to be a student in Ipswich today. Each group took part in workshops using dance, physical theatre and film making to explore their ideas of place, identity and home. Each school created a final film of their work which was screened at DanceEast as part of the Move | Be Moved Festival on 1st July 2016. Find out more about the project here. 


This year’s Move | Be Moved Festival featured two performance platforms, one for local community & performance groups and one for local schools. These celebratory performance platforms showcased talent from across the region and provided a fantastic opportunity for both adults and young people to demonstrate their dance talent in a professional theatre venue.


On Monday 4 July, DanceEast held a special evening for new and experimental work in progress from local artists involved in the DanceEast Creative Heart Network. The Creative Heart Network is a group of artists working with movement practice who meet regularly to network, share ideas and collaborate. This performance evening gave several artists an opportunity to share their work in its rawest form, presenting ideas and material at different stages of its development.


HOST was part of DanceEast’s Move | Be Moved Festival 2016. It was an event focused on shifting attitudes to older people in dance performance contexts, focusing on the artistry of choreographing with older bodies.

The day kicked off with a shared lunch, and soon after participants attended one of three workshops; Mary Davies’ Contemporary/Creative Workshop, Tom Hobden’s Improvisation & Weight Sharing Workshop and Danielle Teale’s Artistry of Seated Dance Workshop. 

The day also featured two presentations from guest speakers Sonia York-Pryce with The Mature Dancer: value, validation and visibility and Jennifer Jackson with Making Room For New Questions: ballet and ageing.

The central debate of the day, “Is older people’s dance different?” was discussed from a variety of perspectives by panelists in the afternoon. Panel members included Bobbie Clarke, Tom Hobden, Simona Scotto and Anusha Subramanyam.

The day concluded with the HOST performance, featuring poetry, dance and film works from Frances Maynard, UNIT, Anusha Subramanyam, Counterpoint Dance, Yama Dance Company, Damn Fine Dance and EncoreEast.


Photo credit for HOST images: Vipul Sangoi


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