DanceEast hosted successful screenings of Our Town Dances Hadleigh and Our Town Dances Stowemarket films for participants and their friends and family in April with nearly 200 people attending.
The two dance film projects funded by Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council were three months in the making and involved over 140 participants from the two towns. The dance film portraits were the work of UNIT, a local dance artist and film maker duo, commissioned by DanceEast to work with local groups in each town to encourage the sharing of stories and memories that link them to their home town. These stories were developed into two 10 minutes dance films featuring local groups in community centres, schools and the workplace to create a mosaic of images pieced together reflecting the unique identity and make up of each town with participants from 8 to over 80 years old.
In Hadleigh the groups included St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, residents of Sydney Brown Court, the ladies from the local WI, as well as staff from Jim Lawrence Lighting, Partridges hardware store and the young people from the Youth Drop-in Centre run by the Porch Project.
In Stowmarket Abbots Primary School pupils took part, as well as the residents of Chilton Court Care Home, the traders on the Saturday market in the town and participants of the older people’s movement class that takes place in the John Peel Centre. DanceEast and UNIT were also pleased to have included the young people who visit the Rec Café on a Friday night run by the Salvation Army.
This was a new venture for most of the participants who threw themselves into the project and the process of making dance for film in their own group settings. The films can be seen here, or look out for news of further locally screenings via social media.
Project was funded by Babergh & Midsuffolk District Council with support from Suffolk County Council Locality Budget grant funds.