COHORT 01

Over ten weeks ten young people from across Hampshire worked together as a contemporary dance company. This was the first cohort to go through a full Academy programme which included a three week performance project; delivering dance workshops to children at a local primary school;personal fitness and healthy living sessions. All of these elements have enabled the participants to achieve National Open College Network qualifications. The young people worked from 10am to 4pm every day at the Academy and many of them also had long journeys to get to and from Winchester.

The Academy programme consisted of three performance elements, the first piece entitled If I Fall, was the result of the company working with guest choreographers over only five days. The second, Lost Time was a piece of choreography created by the group themselves. Me, Them, Us was the young peoples first introduction to dance and working together as a company and was performed at The Lights in Andover after only three weeks.

Substance was also performed by Wessex Boys, our very own performance company, which is made up of young men who have been through the Academy programme, and are now studying dance at college

IF I FALL

The piece looks at isolation and support, what it means to be on your own and what it is to rely on someone. How much do we trust others to catch us and how far can we fall on our own? The dancers show their strength and power in stillness and the risk involved in both falling and catching.

Dancers

Kirsty Barratt
Ashleigh Booker
Nikki Dennis
Clayton Holt
Shara Iles
Rachel James
Olivia Pearce
Jodie Leigh Taylor

Choreography

Siobhan Maguire-Swartz

Assistant Choreography

John Ross

Music

Mugam Beyati Shiraz Kronos Quartet
Boaz and the Dogs Max Richter
Andrea’s Hands II Sylvain Chauveau

Music Editor

Nicholas Lawson
John Ross

Costume

Danute Dainiene

SUBSTANCE

Wessex Boys premiere their first piece Substance which is “an exploration of our movement styles as a company, defining who we are individually and together”.

Wessex Boys

Jimmy Adams
Brandon Clarke
Nathan Davis
Bradley Elms

Choreography

Hannah De Cancho
Wessex Boys

Music

Stolen Dog Burial

LOST TIME

Dancers

Kirsty Barratt
Ashleigh Booker
Nikki Dennis
Clayton Holt
Shara Iles
Rachel James
Olivia Pearce
Jodie Leigh Taylor

Choreography

The Dancers

ME THEM US

Dancers

Kirsty Barratt
Ashleigh Booker
Brandon Clarke
Nikki Dennis
Clayton Holt
Shara Iles
Rachel James
Olivia Pearce
Charlotte Sapey
Jodie Leigh Taylor

Original Choreography

Sarah Dowling
Siobhan Maguire-Swartz

Lighting design

Jonathan Samuels

Choreography

Carly Annable-Coop
Hannah De Cancho

Dance Artist

Hannah Larkum

Academy Team

Clare Hobbs
Lorna Digweed
Sorcha Hagger
Sophia Mathias
Sam McLachlan
Sue Walker

Film

Dan Williams
Andrew Coggins

Design

Bread and Honey

It has given my son more self-belief, made him more aware and given him self-control,
I have my old son back. I am one very proud father.

Parent