Dance Consortia North West Partners Celebrate New Investment in Dance

31 Jan 2020

In November 2019, Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) announced the recipients of the first two DCNW co-commissions for creating new dance works in the North West of England, namely Company Carpi and Movema – and today; DCNW is delighted to announce that these co-commissions have been successful in their Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant applications.

Company Carpi’s dance piece ‘When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow’, co-commissioned with Lancaster Arts and Culture Warrington will be presented in October 2020 at the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and at the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster Arts. As its title suggests, ‘When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow’ investigates creation & destruction, affect & effect, order & chaos and, in light of the current climate crisis, we ask how we can work together to effect positive change. For this project, considering the gallery and museum spaces in which it will be performed, live music will make way for a soundtrack presented in quadrophonic – which includes text specially written for the piece by the award winning author Mary Talbot – and featuring the three fabulous dancers (and frequent collaborators) Paige Lyon, Gabrielle Orr and Lauren Tucker. Company Carpi was formed in 2017 by dance artist Bettina Carpi and composer Gary Lloyd to give expression to their joint projects. The Company’s aims are to create bold yet accessible hybrid dance theatre works with strong societal and human topics in conjunction with text by outstanding writers, with live music and the desire to reach crossover audiences.

Bettina Carpi reveals: “This is a truly exciting opportunity for the company to grow and learn whilst also having the chance to share Company Carpi’s signature hybrid dance theatre work with new audiences and in new places. We are hugely grateful for this opportunity and we are very excited to be able to contribute to the cultural landscape of the North West and beyond, and to share our passion for the arts and for dance in particular.”

Movema will present ‘Taking Flight’ at SpareParts Festivals in Crewe (trAction Crewe) and Fleetwood (Fleetwood Festival of Transport) in July 2020 and Now Northwich (an International Dance and Street Arts Festival from producers Cheshire Dance) in October 2020. ‘Taking Flight’ is inspired by Movema’s experiences of migration and also those of the refugee and asylum seeker communities with whom they work. Working closely with the Lantern Company, the piece will use the concepts of symbolic birds to represent 4 futuristic cyborg ‘flocks’ whose bodies are part aircraft, part bird, part human: the Phoenix from Chinese culture, the Peacock from Indian culture, the Sankofa bird from Ghanaian culture and the Liver Bird to represent British/Irish culture. Movema was established in Liverpool in 2009 by Penny Caffrey, Ithalia Forel, Maria Malone and Pei Tong to combine modern and traditional world dance styles with cutting edge theatre practices.

Elevate Funding

With another reason to celebrate, Movema has also been awarded £100,000 from Arts Council England’s Elevate programme – a programme to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector by strengthening the resilience of diverse-led organisations. This funding will support Movema to create 2 new roles: Business Manager & Associate Artist. The funding will also be used to design a Diverse Practitioner Trainee Programme, to develop new strategic partnerships and to create a new long-term strategic plan.

Maria Malone, Co-Director of Movema says: “We’ve had a great decade and we’ve been planning this new chapter in our story to explore more creative opportunities to increase our impact and focus on resilience and diversity in our organisation. We’re so grateful to the Arts Council, DCNW and all our partners for supporting our vision both creatively and strategically, and we’re looking forward to the next decade.”

Another NW based company to secure Elevate Funding is Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. Having been awarded £87,094, Fallen Angels will look to extend its reach and continue to support people in recovery from addiction. Transforming lives, the company will share recovery journeys through dance, performance and creativity, and is set to strengthen resilience, develop new sources of income, broker partnerships and enhance collaborative working partnerships.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be awarded this funding. It will enable us to reach out further to support people in recovery by strengthening our organisation. We are absolutely over the moon!” says Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher.

Movema and Fallen Angels comprise 2 of the 8 organisations in the North (and 2 of only 6 dance organisations nationally) that have successfully received a share of over £740,000 round 2 Elevate Funding in the region.