Rise Youth Dance Company have been selected to represent the SW Region at Youth Dance England's national flagship platform at Southbank Centre this July.
Rise performed at the regional U Dance Platform in Bournemouth last weekend, alongside companies from across the South West. Their piece 'Catatonia' was choreographed by a 16 year old, dance maker extraordinaire, Josiah John and was selected over pieces choreographed by professionals.
The company will go on to represent our region at U Dance 2012, Youth Dance England's flagship event that takes place from 13th to 15th July 2012 at Southbank Centre, London.
Helen Wilson, the Artistic Director, and Rise work tirelessly to fundraise and develop. They were awarded a Step Up bursary last summer to create an outdoor production 'The Guest List' and last autumn they worked with members of Kinesis to create a curtain raiser for ACE Dance & Music's performance of ICE at Circomedia. Josiah's piece 'Catatonia' was shown at last year's Dance Village at Harbourside and draws on his personal experience of family mental health.
This is the second year in a row that Youth Dance England has selected a Bristol based company to represent the region, following on from Champloo's success with Crooked Chi.
The future's looking good!
U Dance 2012
The festival will include workshops and masterclasses for the participants and the wider public, some free performances in Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom, dance film screenings and site-specific performances across Southbank Centre, and some high-profile performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall on three consecutive evenings. Each performance will showcase some of the best youth dance groups from across the UK as well as the first UK-wide youth dance company the U.Dance Ensemble led by Hofesh Shechter, and some special guest performers...