An important focus for Magpie Dance as we look to future sustainability and development of our artistic plans, is to create partnerships with a range of organisations both as formal and informal collaborations.
We were excited that during the three day Magpie Junior and Youth Easter School this year, we collaborated with a number of exciting partners. Some of whom we are hoping will continue to connect with us in the future.
* Sadler’s Wells (Elaine Foley) and the National Youth Dance Company (Paul and Kennedy) in collaboration with Corali (Carly Butler) spent a whole day with us delivering workshops based on a dance film they created. We are excited to be in discussions about return visits and using the film as a stimulus when we explore dance and technology next year. The film drove the creative process for the remaining two days of the Easter school and was shown to our audience prior to seeing what we had created. We were also pleased to welcome Corali’s Artistic Director Sarah Archdeacon to visit the workshops. We hope to meet up with Sarah again in the summer.
* We have been to Glasgow twice to mentor Ballet Bees, a dance group for children with disabilities and/or life long illness. For the Easter School they came to visit us and spent time hands on finding out about our methods. Their founder Trina McNicol and class Assistant Lucy were very welcome volunteers.
* Brought along by Ballet Bees was Isabel McCue, the founder of Theatre Nemo. Also based in Glasgow, this company provides creative workshops, which support people in recovery from poor mental health. Isabelle was also a very welcome addition as a volunteer.
* We also had a visit during the week from Nicky Goulder, the Chief Executive of Create Arts. We welcomed her to see inside a Magpie Youth session. We are excited to be meeting with her again in a few weeks to see how we might collaborate in the future.
Watch this space for more exciting collaborations and partnerships!
–Natasha Britton Co Artistic Director – Youth, Education & Training