Animate! provides opportunities for communities to explore their local heritage through the medium of performance : dance, drama, poetry and visual arts. The project is led by a freelance artist Nicole Morris working through Manchester Metropolitan University .
So far, this amazing project project has engaged a huge range of participants from audiences not normally associated with performance. Using creative approaches, the project has run poetry sessions with older people in day centres, created an original half hour performance piece with college students (all about the salt landscape and what it’s like to grow up here).
Animate! Also runs ‘Play in a day’ workshops with KS2 children as a way of learning about their community, landscape and history, and worked with youth groups and housing associations to create innovate performance workshops through play. Read more about Saltscape Play in a Day here
A local college for young adults with learning disabilities approached the project and, with input from directors and choreographers, is now writing, casting, rehearsing and developing an original pantomime using their own landscape as inspiration for the story. Many of these young people have never before been involved in a performance.
Later in the year there will be Walkabout Performances of ‘The House that Jack Built’ at Heritage Festivals and outdoor events across the scheme area by Typhoon and the Pedal Players. This a group of professional actors using a ‘steam punk’ style time machine (made from a bicycle with additional welding!) . The play tells the story of salt mining and subsidence and flooding, creating the need for the unique ‘jackable’ buildings the area is famous for. This will allow the Landscape Partnership scheme to access new audiences, engaging communities in a thoroughly non-traditional way.
Further work by performance artists with local community groups is also planned for later in the year as the Landscape Partnership Scheme as a whole comes to an end.
Photos : Nick Jones, Nicole Morris, Paperwork Theatre Company
Work takes place: 2017
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