DanceEast will continue to provide a platform for disabled performers this month when Stopgap Dance Company return for a performance of The Enormous Room. Prior to the performance, Spin Off, DanceEast’s performance group for adults with additional needs will present a commissioned film made in collaboration with Stopgap dancers.
The Enormous Room is a poignant examination of grief as Dave struggles to process the death of his wife, Jackie, while his daughter, Sam, tries to find a way to move on.
The performance will star acclaimed dancer David Toole, whose career has included a solo in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and the landmark 2004 film from DV8 Physical Theatre, The Cost of Living. Young dancer Hannah Sampson takes the role of Sam having received professional dance training with Stopgap.
The performance will both be audio described and have captions. Any visually impaired audience members will have the chance to join a ‘touch tour’ of the venue at 6pm prior to the show. Please contact the box office for more information.
Spin Off, DanceEast’s performance group for adults with additional needs, is in its 22nd year. With an approach to inclusive practice that is both exciting and stimulating, Spin Off explores creativity and seeks opportunities for each individual to reach their full potential and work alongside other like-minded dancers. Spin Off performs at least twice a year at local, regional and national events and runs in term time.
DancEast also offer Springboard classes for participants with additional needs. These classes for adults and children are led by experienced tutors to help participants begin to explore choreography and put movement together. Springboard classes assist with participant’s social, creative and physical development. Carers are not required to attend these classes, offering respite and the chance to socialise with people in a similar situation.
DanceEast have recently extended its Springboard offer to toddlers in its new Springboard for Tots class – a fun, sociable class for young children with additional needs. This class uses music, themes and props to improve coordination and rhythm while nurturing their love of movement in a relaxed environment. Recommended for preschool ages and their parent/ carer.