The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company

In July 2021, Moving Memory Dance Theatre applied to The Cleary Foundation for £2500 to help us animate public spaces in Kent by performing our most recent outdoor, pop-up show, Busting Trifles, to communities across Kent. We are delighted to provide a brief report on the work this funding has allowed us to deliver and thank the trustees for this invaluable support.

Performances

Between 1 – 3 October 2021 the company performed Busting Trifles 6 times in 5 different locations including:

  • Jarman Plaza, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Canterbury High Street
  • Explorers’ Gallery, The Beaney, Canterbury
  • St Georges Shopping Centre, Gravesham (x 2)
  • High Street, Gravesham.

Another planned performance had to be cancelled due to heavy rain which put the performers at risk. In November, we were able to do an additional performance at Canterbury New School, Chartham.

We estimated we performed to approximately 600 people.

Volunteers

In addition to the performances, we were able to use this project to help us develop a new Volunteer Scheme. With additional funding from Canterbury City Council and the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme, we were able to invite volunteers to be part of presenting these performances. Following pre-performance online training, the volunteers supported three performances. They have since engaged with an online review session and an in-person workshop. Ten individuals took part in these activities, and we now have a group of 15 people who have expressed interest in the next phase which will involve volunteers training with the core performance ensemble.

Future plans

This project has established a firm foundation for our plans to increase our capacity over the next 1 – 2 years. We are currently training people to become Moving Well facilitators and these leaders will work with volunteers to deliver more creative movement activities in care and community settings.

We are extremely grateful to The Cleary Foundation for helping us at this important stage of development.

Audiences said:

“Glorious and life-affirming
Really positive, very witty
I didn’t expect them to do anything like that!”

“Everyone was stopping to watch!
The live music was great
That was awesome!
Very impactful
They’re so attractive, great to see them!”

“You smashed it!
It’s MARVELLOUS, considering their age! (Jude, age 10)
Worth waiting for!
It was great
Lots of fun
I loved the transition into the colourful costumes
It was so cool, really unique”