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Image:  "In rehearsal at The Lowry" by Paul Bayes Kitcher

FALLEN ANGELS DANCE THEATRE NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2015

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre are celebrating the announcement that they have achieved Arts Council funding to enable them to perform a full length work “Upon Awakening” in November at The Lowry Salford Quays, The Capstone Theatre Liverpool and The Royal Opera House Clore Studio. 
 
“This is a big achievement for Fallen Angels. At a time when funding for the Arts is  receiving cuts and competition for funding is high, we are feeling really blessed and delighted that the artistic quality and vision for our work is being recognised.” explains Claire Morris from Fallen Angels.
 
Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher has begun the intensive period of exploring and developing the dance theatre production, and with the support of The Lowry is working in the prestigious venue’s studios with professional dancers and people in recovery from addiction who have developed their skills and interests in the arts through our programmes. 
 
“This funding will enable us to work with some wonderful people mentoring and supporting us - world renowned movement director & choreographer Kate Flatt (Les Miserable, Turandot, Dr Faustus, Fiddler on the Roof, Chaplin and Theatre)” says Paul Bayes Kitcher, Artistic Director of Fallen Angels who aim to transform the lives of people struggling with addiction.
 
During the first phase of the creation performed at The Royal Opera House Claire Cohen wrote: The message of the evening was that although the journey into recovery is not easy, the physical and emotional expressiveness of dance can help even the unlikeliest of people get through their moments of darkness and step into the light. Or even the limelight.” Read the full article on Claire Cohen's blog here.  
 
For more information and to book:  “Upon Awakening”  look here
Image: Risen dancing in the rain at LUFstock 2015..
 
Risen
 
Since the last newsletter there has been much activity in Risen’s project “Adrift Together”. Feeling inspired they have joined the hundreds celebrating recovery at LUFstock organised by the wonderful Lancashire User Forum…
 
Individually they are making their journey’s through their themes and creativity.. Here is Linda Lewis’s blog and creative writing…
 

 

“I have been mulling over our theme "Adrift Together" and the images that come to mind. At first I let the ideas free flow onto paper, without any attempt to edit them because I wanted to get them all down. Following that I wrote the poem.
 
Millions of broken pieces cast into space.
 
Tumbling, twisting, turning, plummeting, plunging, swirling, sparkling, glittering, shimmering.
 
Lights like fireflies on a black canvas.
 
 
Read more on Risen's Blog
 
or their website where you can view video footage, images and creative writing from the group.

Back to our roots...

 

We have several developments and opportunities coming up this Autumn for those on a path to recovery..

 

At LUFstock we launched the beginning of our Lancashire Project.. We made some amazing people in a field and are really buzzing with the anticipation of the start of the community projects. 

 

In Wigan this September Expression will be launching their new project.. We are hoping to pop into services and groups in the area to raise awareness of the groups activities and hope to gather more Angels along the way..

 

In Cheshire we are super excited about the 1st Cheshire Recovery Walk on 6th September.. On our home turf Fallen Angels and friends will be out in force to celebrate recovery from folk from across the North West.. a great start to Recovery Month!! Look out for our performance in the beautiful Grosvenor Park. We are hoping the sun will shine and the people of Chester will see recovery at its best.

 

If you are interested in taking part or have a group who are interested in any of the above workshops/projects please do contact Claire:

m: 07801 478  548 or email: 

claire@fallenangelsdancetheatre.co.uk

 

Image: Joe Reay-Reid in rehearsal by Paul Bayes Kitcher

 

Joe Reay-Reid talks about rehearsals for Upon Awakening

 

This is my second FADT process and, unsurprisingly, working with them is nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster; with its ups and downs you truly feel swept away with its integrity.

 

You spend the week devising and sharing stories with each other, always emotional and jarring, hearing what some of these people have been through during their time before and during their recovery, helping us professional dancers truly understand the visceral reality of their journeys.

 

However meeting them in person you would never imagine them to be recovering addicts.  They are without a doubt the kindest, most honest people I have ever met.

 

When I’m creating work, never do I feel so emotionally involved in every movement I’m doing as when I’m with FADT.

 

So far we have seriously forged ahead of schedule, remembering previous sections and crating new ones.  I’m thoroughly excited to continue.

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