CoDa Dance Company present "Let's face the MS and dance"
An evening of dance and collaboration
Let's face the MS and dance
Over 10 weeks, a group of people with MS (multiple sclerosis) have been working with dance professionals to create a piece of dance that expresses things they face on a daily basis.
Dance has been shown to have great benefits on health and wellbeing. This project aims to develop peoples balance, co-ordination and proprioception through weekly dance classes.
The group has been working creatively to develop their own movement style and create their own art work of dance.
We have the pleasure of working with a live musician for some of the classes, and alongside the group, we have created a sound score specifically for this dance.
The group "INSPIRE" consists of South-London born youths, ranging from the ages of 11-19.
The group formed at the TRC, Wandsworth where the ethos is to build a sense of community and common ground between young people, where young people are embraced, welcomed and encouraged to be themselves.
The group's passion for dance centres around the urban genre, however the group are open-minded and enthusiastic about developing their skills in a range of different dance styles.
The group's aims are "To inspire, To create and To join together", embracing diversity and individuality into their routines.
They are bubbly, energetic and vibrant in their nature and although many of them, have faced challenges in their lives, they have used their experiences to express themselves in a positive and unique way.
With a love for dance and the potential to succeed, these young people can achieve if they believe!
With the right encouragement and opportunity, they can go a long way.
CoDa Dance Youth Company
CoDa Dance Youth Company is made up of under-graduate dance students aged 19-22, who are seeking a professional career in dance. The company hopes to nuture and train its dancers, by giving them the knowledge and experience of working alongside a professional dance company. Under the direction of choreographer Nikki Watson, these young dancers are given the opportunity to work in a similar process to the professional company. Energetic and technical, this piece seeks to engage the dancer in detail, physicality and performance to a high standard.
CoDa Dance Company
Created in 2010 by Nikki Watson, CoDa Dance fuse technical dance with physical theatre, creating choreography that draws on personal experiences; demanding emotional and physical endurance from its dancers.
Around 2 years ago, the Company choreographer's mother was diagnosed with MS. The relationship between them has changed dramatically in a short period of time. This is Nikki's physical and emotional response to the changes she has faced.
You remind me of someone I once knew is a poignant portrayal of emotional impact on the perception of time - the turmoil of longing for the past, accepting the presence and fearing the future.