“Going Sane?” is the flagship project of Hoot Creative Arts, an arts and mental health organisation based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The “Going Sane?” project was put together by Hoot to explore the relationship between Sanity, Insanity and Creativity. As an artist working on the project I was given a small commission to explore an idea of my own. I decided to look at the effects loneliness can have on our mental health, with a little help from my grandmother Hilda Northcote and film maker Andrew Anderson. I worked collaboratively with my grandmother to create movement and visual ideas to portray the loneliness experienced by many older people, before working with Andrew on the final edit. The result being, I feel, a moving and poignant dance film. To view the film click here. For more information about the ‘Going Sane?’ project visit www.goingsane.co.uk
Place was a one day arts event organised in collaboration with the RSPB and a myriad of local artists. The aim of the event was to celebrate the ever-changing nature of Dove Stone’s beautiful landscape and the wildlife that calls it home. Born and Bred performed their site specific work of the same title ‘PLACE’. The piece was a response to the landscape and was created, devised and performed on site. You can see photographs and video from the event on our You Tube and Facebook pages.
Dancestry was a unique collaboration between Born and Bred Dance Theatre and Saddleworth Museum that used dance to learn about and explore the local history of Saddleworth. We worked with 5 schools over 3 months to create dance works with a heritage focus to be performed at Uppermill Civic Hall. Each participating school did their own research for the dance works by visiting Saddleworth Museum and going on a ‘history hike’ around our local landscape. Dance photographer Nicola Selby documented the project with her beautiful photographs, which were displayed in Saddleworth’s Museums gallery. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information about the project please visit our History Pin Profile.
Mossley Twinning Performance
This micro-project allowed me to work with a group of young people from Mossley who had never danced before. We worked together intensively over a month to develop dance skills and then begin to work creatively. We collaboratively devised a piece of dance that we felt represented the town of Mossley incorporating contemporary dance, street dance and physical theatre. The project culminated in a performance for the twinning committee and their French counterparts at a ceremonial dinner. For many of the young people involved this was such a huge achievement and it was lovely to have been a part of this.
In conjunction with Xtrememusealogy and Manchester University, Whitworth Art Gallery commissioned Born and Bred dance artists, Victoria Brown and Olivia Burgess to choreograph a flash mob to be performed in galleries and museums around Manchester. The aim of the mob was to challenge the perception of acceptable behaviour within galleries and museums. All of the participants were first time adult dancers.
A List and A Prayer
Artistic Director of Born and Bred, Olivia Burgess, was asked to work with Young Oldham Dance, to choreograph a piece for their performance at U.Dance. The piece was literally plucked out of nothing. We began by making a list of things you do everyday; brushing you teeth, walking the dog, watching television and creating very literal movement interpretations. To develop the material we used many choreographic devices to abstract our interpretations and make a delightfully inventive piece out of the ordinary and mundane.
More than Moors
This was the project where it all began. ‘More than Moors’ was an exploration of Saddleworth’s past and present landscapes through dance, looking at themes of rumours, twists, lies and ghosts. The piece was premiered at Saddleworth Arts Festival, before touring the North West. As part of this project we ran a creative workshop for professional dancers. To see footage of the workshop, rehearsals and a trailer for the show please visit out You Tube channel.