2020 Vision: The Welcome Project Community Steering Group

The Welcome Project Community Steering Group are our incredible group of volunteers made up of people living and working in the Tarner area, surrounding The Dance Space. 

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They help us choose the dance projects we run in the local community and also work with us to decide what’s in the line-up at Our City Dances, our annual celebration of dance in Brighton & Hove.

The Welcome Project is a programme that encourages more people to have a go at dancing in the run up to the launch of The Dance Space and beyond. Activities are designed to cater for the residents of Tarner across the age spectrum, including dance workshops for children at the Puffin Nursery pre-school, pop-up classes for young people and teenagers at the Brighton Youth Centre, tea dances for elderly people living with dementia at Brooke Mead, and workshops in Salsa, Charleston and Latin at Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

The Steering Group's pick for 2020 Vision

BLACK STAINS
by Tiffany Rhynard and Trent D. Williams Jr.

Why do we not see black men as human? This is the question at the heart of this film. Inspired by the personal experiences of Trent D. Williams, Jr., an African American choreographer, Black Stains depicts the reality of living while black in the United States and addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Interviews with black men encompassing a broad spectrum of age, background, and experience illustrate personal human stories that bring abstract issues into sharper focus. Woven together with robust dancing and original music from composer Farai Malianga, the film invites a conversation about how to navigate complex racial issues in a country that refuses to make amends for its troubled past. 

Quotes from the steering group about the film

"It has an important meaning at a very apt time. I also liked the film's vibrancy and uplifting spirit displayed by the movement, music and message. The multi-location videos were fantastic and it was filmed ever so well. I felt it delivered a strong message whilst joyfully demonstrating different aspects of lives that are to be cherished and not judged. The choreography was outstanding and I was left wanting to see more... and dance along with them!"

Laura O'Leary-Portlock


"Powerful and potent: Expresses so much in such a short time!"

Vicki Crowther

 

We would really appreciate you taking time to complete this short survey on your experience of 2020 Vision. It's important to us to find out what you thought of the programme, so we can refine and tailor our programmes to what you want to see. We also have to report back to our funders, so we need as much feedback as possible for them. Once again, thanks for your time and attention.

 

Although we are bringing you this content for free, we are fundraising to help South East based dance artists affected by COVID-19 who have, in many cases, lost almost their entire incomes overnight. If you are able to donate, any amount is welcome. Thank you.

 

Warning: This film contains strong language.

BLACK STAINS