Past Performances

Over the past 30+ years, Magpie has created a number of memorable performances across London, Canterbury, Birmingham and beyond. Enjoy a selection of Magpie’s archived productions below:

 

 

Re:Imagination... Welcome to Wonderland

Re:Imagination... Welcome to Wonderland

28th March 2021

An exciting interactive virtual show that used technology in new and innovative ways to create, perform and share dance experiences. The show revisited contemporary dance pieces from renowned choreographers; explored Alice in Wonderland with a Magpie twist; and showed how dance and technology can collide.

Don't Stop Us Now!

Don't Stop Us Now!

December 2020

Don’t Stop Us Now! was an online performance party celebrating dance through the decades and 35 years of Magpie Dance.

MaKe.U.Dance 2020

MaKe.U.Dance 2020

8th March 2020

Celebrating the diversity and breadth of youth dance across the South East region, Magpie Dance performed at MaKe U.Dance as part of the South East Regional Platform U.Dance 2020.

Why Dance?

Why Dance?

22nd February 2020

Why Dance? showcased performances from groups across London, highlighting the benefits of dance for everyone and the joy it brings! Through a community residency with Royal Opera House, Magpie Dancers collaborated with David Pickering MBE and Laura McCulloch to create their own version of Kenneth MacMillan’s WW1 ballet, Gloria. Magpie Dancers performed their version of Gloria at this event.

Live at Lunch

Live at Lunch

8th November 2019

Magpie Dancers performed their new work ‘Gloria’ created in collaboration with The Royal Opera House alongside Hidden Impact. 

Celebrate! Churchill Summer Showcase

Celebrate! Churchill Summer Showcase

July 2019

Magpie Dance’s Wednesday and Saturday Youth Technique groups performed new pieces created in the summer term. Other performances in the festival included short plays, singing, and more dancing.

A bit of a Do

A bit of a Do

7th July 2019

Magpie dancers performed in an afternoon inclusive arts showcase at Stanley Halls, South Norwood.

The Glades Performances

The Glades Performances

18th, 19th & 20th June 2019

To celebrate Learning Disability Awareness week, we partnered up with The Glades, holding sharing’s in the atriums so that more people could see our work and find out about what we do.

Live at Lunch

Live at Lunch

21st June 2019

Magpie Adult Choreographers performed extracts from ‘Hidden Impact’ at the Royal Opera House for their live lunch concerts.

London Youth Games

London Youth Games

23rd May 2019

A group of Magpie Juniors performed at the London Youth Games at Alexandra Palace.

Co-motion

Co-motion

12th May 2019

Our youth dancers collaborated with Candoco Youth dancers in a project with Trinity Laban at the end of April to devise a brand new piece for this Youth platform – with choreography from a visiting artist.

Dance Festival Croydon - in partnership with Dance Umbrella

Dance Festival Croydon - in partnership with Dance Umbrella

April 2019

On 27th April four of our adult dancers performed an extract from our recent WW1 ‘Hidden Impact’ project to live music and vocals. The performance took place at The Shoestring Theatre in South Norwood.

ISTD Conference

ISTD Conference

February 2019

Magpie Youth Technique dancers performed at ISTD’s Springboard event at the University of Bedford. The dance was created by the dancers and was a compilation of pieces from the Hidden Impact performance in December 2018. In addition to the performance, the four dancers helped Magpie Dance facilitators lead a CPD workshop on inclusive practices.

Hidden Impact Flagship Performance and Exhibition preview

Hidden Impact Flagship Performance and Exhibition preview

December 2018

“I have attended Magpie performances for 15 years since my son joined. They get better all the time. This was spectacular”

– Audience member

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Magpie Dance presented their flagship performance and exhibition exploring the ‘Hidden Impact’ of people with learning disabilities, their journeys and contributions to the First World War.

Magpie Dance’s company dancers, all of whom have learning disabilities, performed a stunning ritual interpreting the stories of people with learning disabilities, their journeys and contributions to the First World War. From those displaced when asylums were requisitioned as war hospitals, to the journeys some made to the front line.

Delivered in partnership with Ruskin College and self-advocacy group My Life, My Choice, this flagship performance and exhibition is the culmination of research never undertaken before. The research underpins a brand new exhibition of the findings, revealing the stories of people with learning disabilities. An exclusive presentation and Q&A session with Prof. Lee Humber from Ruskin College also took place before the performance.

You can watch the full performance here

With thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

See a review of the performance here

Hidden Impact First World War Armistice Centenary Commemorative tour

Hidden Impact First World War Armistice Centenary Commemorative tour

9th December 2018

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Magpie Dance were delighted to tour excerpts from their flagship performance ‘Hidden Impact’ exploring the stories of people with learning disabilities, their journeys and contributions to the First World War.

Magpie Dance performed at Guys Hospital, Mind the Gap Studios, The Glades Shopping Centre and Bromley Disability Pride.

Bromley Disability Pride

Bromley Disability Pride

2nd December 2018

As a part of Bromley Disability Pride, some Magpie Adult Choreographer dancers performed an extract from ‘Hidden Impact’.

The Glades Performances

The Glades Performances

November 2018

In November the Tuesday and Thursday Magpie Adult Choreographers dancers held their usual session classes in the Glades shopping centre. This allowed larger audiences to see what happens at Magpie Dance.

Mind the Gap Anniversary Celebration Performance

Mind the Gap Anniversary Celebration Performance

15th November 2018

Four Magpie Adult Choreographer dancers performed alongside other dance companies at the Mind the Gap’s anniversary celebration.

Danceboxxx

Danceboxxx

14th July 2018

Magpie Adult Choreographers and Magpie Youth dancers performed at the community platform at The Churchill Theatre.

Direct Line Event

Direct Line Event

20th June 2018

Magpie Youth dancers performed at the event.

The Glades Performances

The Glades Performances

19th, 20th and 21st June 2018

Shoppers at the Glades were treated to performances and open classes from both Magpie Adult Choreographers and Magpie Youth dancers.

Bromley Volunteer Awards

Bromley Volunteer Awards

7th June 2018

Four Magpie Adult Choreographer dancers performed an extract of ‘Aurora’ at the awards event.

Wandsworth Fringe Festival

Wandsworth Fringe Festival

13th May 2018

Four Magpie Adult Choreographer  dancers performed an extract of ‘Aurora’ at this out- door festival.

The Glades performances

The Glades performances

20th & 21st March 2018

For our regular session end of term sharings we partnered up with The Glades, holding them in the atriums so that more people could see our work and find out about what we do. Both the Tuesday MAC and Wednesday My performed

Tea and TRailers, Albany Thetre, Deptford

Tea and TRailers, Albany Thetre, Deptford

13th March 2018

Our Co-Artist Director, Alison Ferrao and Operations Co-ordinator, Laura-Ann Whitlock, attended this networking event for inclusive arts companies organised by Mind the Gap. Alison gave a short presentation and our dancers performed their piece “Aurora” (excerpt) and then took  part in a Carnival props- making workshop led by Emergency Exit Arts.

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

7th March 2018

Performing alongside Highfliers, three MAC dancers performed and excerpt of their piece ‘Aurora’; a piece that transforms a series of technical exercises, using various choreographic techniques. The full version of ‘Aurora’ was premiered at Sandler’s Wells last year with a cast of 20 Mac dancers.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) Performance

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) Performance

22nd February 2018

Highfliers performed a short extract of ‘There Were Definitely Swans’ as a curtain raiser to Ben Duke’s  piece ‘Juliet and Romeo’.

Breathe Arts Health Research, St Thomas' Hospital

Breathe Arts Health Research, St Thomas' Hospital

19th February 2018

Four MAC dancers performed an excerpt of their piece ‘Aurora’ in the foyer at St Thomas’ hospital, London followed by an interactive workshop and ending with a repeat performance. It was fantastic to be part of this programme and we hope we can partner with Breathe Arts Health Research in the future.

Highfliers Perform at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Somerset

Highfliers Perform at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Somerset

2nd February 2018

Highfliers travelled to Somerset to perform ‘There Were Definitely Swans’ at an event put on by Pavilion Dance South West.

Disability Pride

Disability Pride

3rd December 2017

Four of our Mac dancers performed an excerpt of their piece ‘Aurora’ at Bromley Disability Pride which was hosted by X by X Bromley Civic Centre; audience members included the Worshipful Mayo of Bromley Cllr. Kathy Bance MBE.

Dance Umbrella Croydon

Dance Umbrella Croydon

14th October 2017

Highfliers performed ’There Were Definitely Swans‘ in the Croydon Dance Festival as part of Dance Umbrella.

ExtraordinaryThings; Atribute to Avril Hitman BEM - Magpie's Founding Artistic Director

ExtraordinaryThings; Atribute to Avril Hitman BEM - Magpie's Founding Artistic Director

16th July 2017

Held at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, this special performance celebrated our Founding Artistic Director’s outstanding work and achievements over the past 32 years before retiring in the summer.

The Magpie Dance team, from trustees to staff, to the dancers and their families, wanted to put on this wonderful surprise performance, involving the whole company, to honour Avril. Over 250 guests came together to watch the performance and celebrate the work Avril has achieved with Magpie Dance’s entire classes programme from Youth, Community and Adult dancers including Highfliers performed as part of the inspirational and talented line up on the central London stage.

“Thank you for what you have done for all of the groups! I have made so many friends here at Magpie Dance. I will miss you and good luck with your retirement” – Highflier Dancer

Throughout the performance, Avril received accolades and video messages from a range of participants, parents, friends from the dance community and the Magpie Dance staff.

“Words cannot express how magical this performance was, filled with such passion, dedication and commitment and beautifully performed work, where the dancers performed to their full potential as they always do. You must be so proud of all the dancers and everyone at Magpie Dance” – Magpie Dance friend

Avril, who was moved to tears said, addressing the audience the performance “I’m overwhelmed with the tribute you have given me, its extraordinary. I’ve been so fortunate to have such an amazing team to work with. I know Magpie Dance will go on and on because you are all so passionate and have such strength

Performers, you have done me proud. It’s not goodbye it’s ‘Au revoir’.”

Mark Dempsey, chair of Magpie board said “This performance was a fantastic tribute to Avril’s dedication, determination and commitment. Avril’s leadership and entrepreneurship has been a true inspiration and we are gong to make sure it doesn’t stop.”

Danceboxxx

Danceboxxx

8th July 2017

Our MAC dancers performed at Danceboxxx, a Community Dance Festival at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley celebrating the diversity, talent and passion for dance across the borough.

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

16th June 2017

Magpie Highfliers performed ‘There Were Definitely Swans’ in a mixed bill in Bradford.

Barclay's Access Day

Barclay's Access Day

13th June 2017

Four MAC dancers performed an excerpt of their piece ‘Aurora’ at Barclay’s Bank Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London, to staff and invited VIPs.

Co-Motion

Co-Motion

21st March 2017

Our Saturday Technique Youth Group performed ‘Roll and Rock’ as part of an inclusive youth dance platform celebrating inclusive youth dance performances by young people from Greenwich, Lewisham and wider London at Trinity Laban. Youth Group patron and Actress Kellie Shirley commented; “It was such a treat to see such talented shine and all the performances were inspiring and evocative. It was a really special night to see the youth group deliver such an accomplished confident performance.

Orion School

Orion School

21st March 2017

This was a project that Magpie Dance was involved in weekly which culminated in a performance by the students of the school as well as 4 of our Adult Group Dancers on the 21st March 2017

DM Thomas Foundation Awards Ceremony

DM Thomas Foundation Awards Ceremony

17th March 2017

On the 17th March 2017 some of our Youth Group technique dancers performed at this event at the Hilton London Kensington.

Barclay's Disabled Access event

Barclay's Disabled Access event

10th March 2017

We were proud to be invited to perform at ths prestigious event on the 10th March 2017 at Barclay’s Piccadilly Circus branch (attended by VIPs including a Paralympic gold medallist); 4 of our Adult Group dancers performed.

Leading Ladies Book Launch

Leading Ladies Book Launch

17th December 2016

Magpie Youth dancers performed at Rohini Rathour’s book launch at Wickham Hall in West Wickham.

Unlimited Festival

Unlimited Festival

11th September 2016

This took place at The Southbank Centre on the 11th September 2016 and Highfliers performed ‘There Were Definitely Swans’.

Positive Vibez

Positive Vibez

July 2016

Magpie’s Saturday Youth Group Technique performed at Broadway Theatre as part of Positive Vibez, ‘Take It To The Stage’ for one night only! A show highlighting the exceptional talents of young people in the performing arts industry.

The group performed an adaptation of their piece’ Tilt’, on 23rd July 2016

Big Dance 2016

Big Dance 2016

July 2016

Magpie’s Adult Group debuted their new piece made in collaboration with Complicite.

The piece was performed at The Churchill Theatre on July 9th 2016 as part of Big Dance.

Big Dance 2016

Big Dance 2016

July 2016

Magpie’s Highfliers Dance Company performed an excerpt of their piece, ‘There Were Definitely Swans’, at The Baylis Studio at Sadlers Wells on 8th July. This was part of their Summer 2016 tour.

The piece was written by Lost Dog’s Ben Duke & the six Highfliers Dancers: Hannah Dempsey, Hannah Westerman, Daisy Garrett, Owain Taylor, Jamie Gregory, Daniel De Mendoza

Inclusive Dance double bill with Highfliers and Confidance

Inclusive Dance double bill with Highfliers and Confidance

24th June 2016

Held at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury on the 24th June 2016, Highfliers performed ‘There Were Definitely Swans’ as part of this double bill to a packed audience and received a standing ovation. Highfliers also performed this piece on the 1st July at Rambert in a sharing of work.

Expressions

Expressions

June 2016

This was an inclusive programme of work at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre at Northern Ballet, Leeds where Highfliers performed ‘There Were Definitely Swans’. Our Highflier dancers (and their professionalism) inspired other dancers to continue with their professional training.

Candoco Anniversary Performance

Candoco Anniversary Performance

June 2016

In June 2016 Highfliers premiered their first performance of the full work, by choreographer Ben Duke (from Lost Dog) of ‘There Were Swans’ at Greenwich Dance.
It was so grat to share the stage with these amazing and talented people @ Magpie Dance #Highliers’
@CandocoYD

U.Dance London Regional Platform

U.Dance London Regional Platform

March 2016

Each year Youth Dance England runs a national festival, U.Dance, that draws together some of the best youth dance work from across the country.  Hundreds of young people join together to perform in high profile venues, take classes with leading professionals and have fun.

Magpie’s Saturday Youth Group Technique’s choreographic work, ‘Tilt’, was shortlisted to perform at the U.Dance regional platform in March 2016.

 

'The Strictly' live on The One Show

'The Strictly' live on The One Show

23rd November 2015

Magpie dancers were invited to the BBC’s New Broadcasting House to dance’The Strictly’ live on The One Show. 31 Magpie dancers, family members, volunteers and facilitators joined the fun alongside the Strictly stars and other London Dance companies.

To see pictures from the day click here. Keep Dancing!

 

Celebrating Three Decades of Inclusive Dance

Celebrating Three Decades of Inclusive Dance

1st November, 2015

Magpie celebrated 30 years at the Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts with a full showcase of live music and danceworks created collaboratively by our Youth Group, Adult Group, Community Class and Highfliers dancers. There were 8 dance pieces total including a special guest performance by Cando2 and a creative video submitted by Dance Ability (Trinity Laban).

Click through for pictures and a video of the day.

Mencap Performance

Mencap Performance

23rd October 2015

Two Adult dancers visited Mencap HQ  for a short radio interview followed by a performance for staff in the building. 

 

Moby-Dick Unabridged

Moby-Dick Unabridged

4th October 2015

Eight Magpie dancers performed creative choreography during a live reading of Moby-Dick as part of the London Literature Festival at Southbank Centre. Click here for pictures.

New Moves

New Moves

17th September 2015

Three Magpie Adult Group dancers presented an abridged version of their piece ‘Made by Many’ to an audience of arts enthusiasts who attended the New Moves event, University of Kent.

Charity Fundraiser

Charity Fundraiser

9th July 2015

Magpie Dance Youth Group Technique performed Speakeasy at Magpie’s 30th Anniversary charity dinner in July 2015 with thanks to 3 local businesses; Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery, Metro Bank and CWJ (Clarkson Wright and Jakes Ltd).

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

2nd May 2015

Mind The Gap provides a performance platform for the stars of tomorrow at the Changing Britain festival. Magpie’s Youth Group technique dancers performed ‘Speakeasy’ – an excerpt from Magpie’s Flying High production, choreographed by David Willdridge from Stopgap Dance Company.

Flying High

Flying High

24th March, 2015

Magpie Dance was invited to perform ‘Flying High,’ at the Gulbenkian. Magpie presented a mixed programme including ‘Made by Many’ created as a collaborative effort by Magpie’s Adult Group as well as new commission, ‘The Story So Far’ which saw David Willdridge from Stopgap Dance Company choreograph on Magpie’s Youth Group and newly launched professional performance company, Highfliers.

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

24th March, 2015

Co Motion performance platform brought together inclusive contemporary dance performances from a variety of mixed-ability dance groups and companies including Cando2, Trinity Laban, Magpie Dance, alongside participants from local Greenwich and Lewisham primary and secondary schools. The event began in 2009 by Trinity Laban as a performance platform, the only one of its kind in London and the UK.

The platform provided disabled young people an exceptional performance opportunity in the internationally renowned Laban Theatre. The platform included specially commissioned works as well as invited performance pieces.

=Dance

=Dance

16th January, 2015

On 16th January, Magpie Dance was invited to perform at the Lilian Baylis Studio with a mixed bill, Flying High, for Sadler’s Well’s =dance festival. The programme included ‘Made by Many,’ created as a collaborative effort by Magpie’s Adult Group as well as a new commission, ‘The Story So Far’ which saw David Wildridge from Stopgap Dance Company choreograph on Magpie’s Youth Group and newly launched professional dance company, Highfliers.
In total, 23 people with learning disabilities from the Bromley and surrounding areas performed in this show. The ages of the performers ranged from 18-58. Audience reception to the performance was incredible. With a sold-out show and thought-provoking questions from audience members during the post-show discussion, it can be said that the evening truly inspired the performers, the public, and challenged mainstream expectations, thereby fulfilling Magpie’s fundamental ethos and mission.

International Europa Forum

International Europa Forum

30th October 2014

The Adult Group performed at the Lions Club International Europa Forum in Birmingham for 800 delegates from around the world.

Big Dance

Big Dance

11th July 2014

The Adult Group performed ‘Made by Many’ and the Youth Group Technique group performed ‘Flowers No More’ at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley for Big Dance 2014.

UDance

UDance

27th April 2014

Magpie’s Youth Group was shortlisted and performed for the UDance London regional heats.

Refresh

Refresh

29th April 2014

On 29th April 2014, Magpie’s Youth Group technique dancers performed ‘Flowers No More’ to a sell-out audience for The Place’s Refresh platform.

Re:locate

Re:locate

November 2013

Dancers from Magpie’s adult group performed a specially choreographed piece for Re:locate magazine’s Christmas celebration at a night club in Leicester Square, London. The evening raised over £200 for Magpie.

Disability Hate Crime Performance

Disability Hate Crime Performance

17th July 2013

Magpie dancers performed at the Disability Hate Crime conference at the Churchill Theatre, putting on a performance around this theme.

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

March 2013

Magpie’s Youth group performed at the Co-Motion platform at Trinity Laban

The 'Ed Effect'

The 'Ed Effect'

13th July 2012

After nearly 2 terms of collaboration with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Re:Bourne, Magpie presented their own version of Edward Scissorhands, called the ‘Ed Effect’ at the Churchill Theatre.

Collected Works past. present. revivals

Collected Works past. present. revivals

November 2011

Magpie performed ‘Collected Works past. present. revivals’ at the Albany Theatre Deptford. The choreographic showcase, which included five Magpie pieces, marked the end of the Reaching Communities grant that supported this programme.

Big Dance

Big Dance

July 2011

For Big Dance, Magpie made a new piece entitled, ‘The Ed Effect’, based on the well-known story of Edward Scissorhands in collaboration with New Adventures.

“The Ed Effect was one of my highlights of Big Dance Week. It was incredibly inspiring to see dancers of different abilities really rise to meet the opportunity of working with a leading professional dance company. It was wonderful to see a collaboration of this kind as part of the Big Dance programme” – Anne Hartley

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

Co Motion Inclusive Dance Youth Platform

March 2011

Magpie’s Youth Group also performed at the Co-Motion platform at Trinity Laban.

New Adventures

New Adventures

March 2011

Magpie Dance youth and adult dancers participated in a 4-day choreographic residency with New Adventures on Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’ story. This was the first time that Magpie worked with New Adventures and the first time that the dancers had worked from a starting point of delving into the characters from a story to influence the choreographic and contemporary dance processes.

The youth and adult dancers spent 10 weeks working together on their story of Cinderella and performed to a packed audience in Bromley with lighting and raked seating. Magpie’s Youth Group also performed at the Co-Motion platform at Trinity Laban.

Magpie and Greengoose Transition Project

Magpie and Greengoose Transition Project

21st March 2011

Magpie collaborated with Greengoose (Bromley College), leading a ‘Transition’ project which led to a performance.

Big Dance

Big Dance

July 2010

Magpie worked with Pari Naderi to make the piece ‘Orbital’ for Big Dance. Twenty-nine dancers from Magpie’s youth and adult company performed the dance on the main stage at The Churchill Theatre.

‘Orbital’ was created over a short period of rehearsals with Magpie facilitators and all learning disabled dancers that attend Magpie’s Youth Group and Adult Performance Group. Together, they created a piece through the concept of imagery and sound as a stimulus.

Youth Dance England's 'Freshen Up a Fairytale'

Youth Dance England's 'Freshen Up a Fairytale'

December 2009

Magpie Youth dancers performed their own version of Little Red Riding Hood at The Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall.

Heart and Soul's 'Squidz Club'

Heart and Soul's 'Squidz Club'

3rd July 2009

Magpie Youth performed at the Albany as a part of Heart and Soul’s ‘Squidz Club’.

Performance at St Mark's Church

Performance at St Mark's Church

14th June 2009

Magpie dancers performed for an older people’s network lunch at St Mark’s Church in Bromley.

Penge Festival

Penge Festival

May 2009

Magpie dancers performed at the Penge Congregational Church as part of the Penge Festival.

Dance@Magpie

Dance@Magpie

March 2009

Magpie performed at the Albany Theatre Deptford for a matinee and evening performance of Dance@Magpie, which included two mentoring pieces choreographed by dancers from the adult group, plus other works by the adult and youth groups.

Rumble

Rumble

January 2009

Magpie Dance Youth Group performed ‘Expressions’ at The Peacock Theatre in Holborn as part of Rumble – a dance platform for secondary schools and youth groups
The piece was accompanied by a specially created score and live music and explored the dancers’ interaction with the visual and aural stimuli. Above all the piece was an exploration and celebration of the young people’s creative, performance and technical skills.

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