Kith, a community dance organisation specialising in well-being through movement and Entrust Care Partnership, supporting families with children with additional needs have joined forces to launch an inclusive dance project based on Aesop’s well-loved fables where children of all abilities explore creative movement.
There will be 12 sessions in total with the last 3 sessions at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the goal in mind is not to rehearse something specific for a performance but rather allow the children the freedom to fully explore movement by engaging their whole body and devise ideas by themselves, creating a rather organic and natural form of learning.
I have always wanted to do something dance related as I believe its the best form of expression when combined with music! And always wanted to work with special needs and see how arts can be used to help them get engaged so I jumped at this opportunity to get involved and offered to compose music based on the stories or as appropriate.
Instead of just composing music for the lessons, I will be drawing on movements/dance from the children as inspirations and ideas for my composition which could then later on be used and this is what makes community arts so great ! that it is a two way development process and our ideas feed into one another.