By Gillian Sherwood, Community Development Manager at The Lowry
I love it when a plan comes together! About this time last year, The Lowry started to develop a cross-art form project idea with Salford Integrated Youth Support Services and Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. Following a short taster project where FADT worked with vulnerable young people, we could all see the potential of doing a much longer and more intense project.
It took over 6 months to get all the partners and funding in place but MDC Strive to Achieve began in June, supported by The Lowry, Swinton Community Committee and City West Housing Trust. Young people from Swinton have been meeting on a weekly basis with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Brighter Sound, Union Street Media Arts, Salford IYSS, City West Housing Trust and The Lowry on a music, dance and film –making project
The project uses a cross-art form approach to explore what its like to be a young person living in Swinton and is shaped and developed by the participants. During the first few weeks the young people had the opportunity to try their hand at dance, music composition, lyric writing, MC-ing and Scratch DJ-ing, and learned how to use film equipment and explored different film/projection techniques.
They then chose which element they wished to focus on and we’ve taken it from there. We’re now on the final few weeks of the project and the young people have shown amazing dedication, enthusiasm, creativity and passion for what they are doing. Its amazing to watch them exchange ideas and see how the music, film and dance are all influencing each other’s development.
The young people are now working towards a performance at The Lowry for family and invited guests where they can showcase the work they have been doing. I hope everyone can see how the participants have benefitted from the process they’ve been involved in as much as they enjoy the end product. I’ve certainly seen them gain in confidence, creativity and take an increasing lead in making artistic decisions. Hopefully they all feel they’ve developed some transferable skills to take into the future – as well as good memories…
You can find out more about the project by reading the blog created by Union Street Media Arts: http://creativesalfordlowry.tumblr.com/ and there are some images on The Lowry’s Vimeo channel and on Flickr.
Some of the music created can be found here: http://soundcloud.com/brighter-sound-ltd/sets/mdc-music-dance-camera-strive
You can also follow the various partners on Twitter: @The_Lowry @brightersound @UnionStreetMediaArts @Fallen Angels