Finding Home tackles how we communicate with others different from ourselves. The audience followed an average family learning how they lived with a granny, obsessed with the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen. This thoughtful and emotional performance brought together a community cast from the heart of Suffolk and turned the DanceHouse into a home for every dancer. The intergenerational cast of over 200 people were drawn from local schools in the Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Forest Heath districts. As well as DanceEast performance companies Elderberries, Boyz United, Suffolk Youth Dance Company and dancers from DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training.
Commissioners: DanceEast, Babergh District Council, Mid Suffolk Council
Dancers: Di Gooding, Alexandra Carter, Chris Hicks, Matilda Blowers, Matt Moseley, Lucy Blazheva, DanceEast performance companies; Elderberries, Boyz United, Suffolk Youth Dance Company and dancers from DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training.
I can’t recall a participatory production I’ve seen of that quality. Seeing the number of participants at the end brought home what a huge achievement it was…. not just in its well-crafted creation but also the extent of the work involved in its project management
Melanie Precious’ Greenwich Dance.
The show was magnificent and very moving. A massive pat on the back for all concerned – the work, coordination and community involvement in producing this has been immense, and the smiling faces of the cast at the end of the show were testament to all your endeavours! I think one of the things that really excited me was the mix of ages, abilities and community cohesion that the show brought together. This combined with the impressive film work produced by the Mix made for a truly memorable community event.
Grants and Communities Officer Babergh district council