On Friday 17 February, 15 young people from Margate’s Czech, Polish and British communities came together for a dance performance at the Turner Contemporary, inspired by the gallery’s Turner and the Elements exhibition. The performers had taken part in our Dance to the Music of Art visual art and dance project, which ran from January through to mid-February.
During three half-day visual art workshops, the participants painted stunning images on silk. Their creations were then used as a stimulus for the dance workshops, as well as being incorporated into the final dance performance. During the five dance workshop days, the young people worked alongside our professional dancers, Louise Dickson and Makiko Aoyama, to devise and rehearse an original dance piece that brought together modern, street and folk dance influences.
Dance to the Music of Art was developed in partnership with Kent Community Organisation (KCO) and was funded by a Kent County Council Member’s Grant from Mike Jarvis & Chris Wells. It was a great pleasure to welcome to the performance Cllr Chris Wells and the Mayor of Margate Cllr Iris Johnston, who awarded the participants with Certificates of Achievement immediately after they performed.
Dance to the Music of Art was designed to bring together different groups of young people through shared workshop activities with the hope of improving the possibility of integration and shared understanding. The project also enabled the participants to develop trust and social skills, explore their creativity, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and have fun!