After weeks of discussing, planning, filming and refining, our film Introducing…Ability is finally complete. Creating a dance film was completely new to all the dancers and it was the first time Sophie and I had worked this way with a group together. Sophie said, 'It was a learning curve for all of us and a process we’d all like to repeat.'
Since November last year, the Learning Team have been delivering the START project to 21 schools from across the region, engaging children who don’t normally have access to the arts, with ballet and live theatre.
At the start of this week’s session we watched footage from last week and began to discuss a structure for the film. We thought of what might create an exciting beginning and what would keep our audience interested. I played the footage with and without music to make the participants think about how this changed the feeling of the footage.
In Ability this week, we explored movement in the Atrium. Sophie and the participants devised a sequence focussing on the use of their head, hands and arms. As a group we decided the sequence would look effective filmed from a high angle.
I decided to film the sequence from other angles so the participants had a choice for the final edit. We also discussed what they would like to hear in the soundtrack. We were inspired by jazz music and the sounds their hands made as they hit the table.
This week is Children's Hospice Week, organised by Together for Short Lives, and the focus this year is ‘making every moment count’. Having managed the START Hospices project that we've delivered for the last two years in partnership with Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa, Children's Hospice Week has made me stop and think about how the project affects the lives of the families who take part.
As part of my role at Northern Ballet I promote accessibility both inside the organisation and externally to our audience. I am responsible for programming the audio descriptions and relaxed performances to enable everyone to access our productions, and I also work with other venues in Leeds to promote accessible performances across the city through Access Leeds Theatre.