For the first time, Cando2 at Trinity Laban were involved in a dance film project in collaboration with Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban, Magpie Dance and filmmaker David McCormick.
The filming took place in the stunning setting of the historic Blackheath Halls, which became the inspiration for the film – the building’s history, what may have taken place in the various spaces and its atmosphere. Each organisation worked with their own groups to creatively respond to the setting and generate movement for the film.
Candoco Artists Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot and Kimberley Harvey worked with Cando2 dancers on devising short vignettes to depict ‘behind the scenes’ of a 1920s dance performance. The improvisation tasks were guided by the exploration of movement qualities of dance styles such as The Charleston or Lindy Hop, as well as incorporating props suitable to the era – necklaces, hats, flappers, gloves and feathers. The vignettes created in the studio were transported into different locations of Blackheath Halls – dressing rooms, on stage and in corridors.
The film will be screened at festivals, premiering in September at Unlimited Inclusive Youth Platform.
This film project forms part of LINKED – a partnership between organisations delivering inclusive dance opportunities for children and young people across South East London. LINKED is formed of Candoco, Greenwich Dance, Magpie Dance and Trinity Laban.