Nicky's Youth Company Catch up

Nicky, our Dance Development Officer, updates us on what our youth companies and partnership groups have been up to so far this year…

Not only are we entering a really busy time for the main company and Sg2, but it is also a pretty busy time for our young people who attend our youth groups and partnership groups.  Here is a short round up of what is happening.

Since the start of the year Stopgap’s Guildford Youth Company has been working on their involvement in a large scale community opera “Magna Carta - The Freedom Game”.  The music has been written by Hannah Conway, libretto by Sir Richard Stilgoe and directed by Karen Gillingham.  The choreography has been created by Katie Green and Hannah Batley, who have had a huge task on their hands working with literally hundreds of young people and adults to create this spectacle.  As I write, we are about to have our final rehearsal with the full choir, the orchestra and all the singers and dancers who will be on stage throughout the two and half hour opera. Around 1300 performers!  We are all getting very excited about this performance that takes place in the The Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 12 May.
Taking the themes embodied in the opera, Guildford Youth Company will also be performing a new piece at the Caryl Churchill Theatre, Royal Holloway as part of the continuing Magna Carta events on Sunday 14 June.  They will be part of the Youth Arts section of the day and our young people will also hopefully get to see the other performances taking place in the Charter Festival, including Sg2 performing “The Awakening”.
Finally for Guildford, they will be performing “Freedom’s Journey” at our youth platform “Summer House” taking place at Farnham Maltings on Tuesday 14 July.

Stopgap’s Farnham Youth Company have been equally busy working on their Explore Arts Award and discovering new art forms to help with their dancing and creativity.  They will be using the summer platform to exhibit some of their work and will use this event to complete the last part of their award by sharing their creativity and experiences with an audience.

Farnham Youth Company and our partnership group Stepping Stones, will also be taking part in a large-scale site-specific performance, directed by local dance company, The Dance Movement.  The performance is part of the town’s entry into Britain in Bloom, a nationwide competition that Farnham has entered for the last 25 years.  “Farnham Blooming” will involve around 150 young people from 16 local schools and colleges following the route the judges will take around the green spaces and cultivated areas of the centre of Farnham.  Our young dancers will be in Gostrey Meadow for their section and the finale.  There will be an open dress rehearsal on Sunday 5 July to which the public will be invited.  The main performance for the judges only will take place on Friday 10 July after which a few young people will be chosen to have lunch with the town mayor, the judges and other dignitaries from the town council.

If you would like to be involved in these groups in the future or would like any more information about the events then please get in touch with [email protected].


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