Date: Fri 19 Nov 2021
If you had to write a letter to your body, what would you say? Seven Magpie dancers (aged 18 – 30), all of whom have learning disabilities, collaborate to produce their first film. Each of the dancers were asked to write to their body, exploring how they perceived themselves, others and the world around them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing upon their feelings and experiences, they choreographed sequences to portray their stories. Working closely with the facilitators, each student took on a different production/editing role, and joined forces with a professional musician to devise, compose and record the music. For one student this included playing the French horn live! To find out more about the project and how the film was made via Zoom during lockdown, watch 'The Making of… From Me': https://youtu.be/BzLAWL200dw
Date: Sat 23 Oct 2021
The theme for Bloomsbury Festival 2021 was ‘shining light’ and we performed 'From Me' in a mixed bill with Sage Dance Company. Seven Magpie Dance Development Course dancers were asked to write to their body, exploring how they perceived themselves, others and the world around them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing upon their feelings and experiences, they choreographed sequences to portray their stories...'From Me' was born.
Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021
International Dance Day 2021 is an online celebration programme. ITI (International Theatre Institute) Centres and Cooperating Members, prominent figures of the global dance communities, plus dance companies contributed more than three hours of beautiful dance performances videos to this online celebration. From different continents of the world, these performances can be dances of classic and contemporary, in solo, pas de deux and group, on a stage or any space, happening in an actual venue or online. All of them combined is an excellent expression of cultural diversity and human resilience when facing difficulties. Just as the slogans in the International Dance Day introduction videos, let us dance together in all corners of the world to create light in the dark. Magpie Dance's film 'From Me', was selected to be showcased.
Date: Sun 28 Mar 2021
An exciting interactive virtual show that used technology in new and innovative ways to create, perform and share dance experiences. The show revisited contemporary dance pieces from renowned choreographers; explored Alice in Wonderland with a Magpie twist; and showed how dance and technology can collide.
Date: Tue 01 Dec 2020
Don’t Stop Us Now! was an online performance party celebrating dance through the decades and 35 years of Magpie Dance.
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