From 2013 to 2015 Take Art joined forces with the Octagon Theatre to help establish new professional and participatory dance opportunities in Yeovil.
The Octagon Theatre Dance Development Project was a two-year partnership, which enabled the Octagon Theatre to programme professional dance companies; Jasmin Vardimon, ZoieLogic, Motionhouse, National DanceCompany Wales, Richard Alston and Balletboyz. Residencies with these companies developed new audiences and allowed local schools, colleges and community dance groups the chance to work with the companies.
The project brought with it the post of Youth Dance Coordinator & Practitioner, Carrie Madgwick, who was integral in bringing together all strands of the project and developed a strong programme of community classes for the Octagon Academy.
Part of the project funding was allocated to support the commissioning of two new works. Ben Wright was awarded the first bursary to support the creation and touring of Spectrum. The second bursary was awarded to Zoie Golding in 2014 for her to develop the piece Trades.
I am extremely excited and thankful to receive this support from the Octagon, it is wonderful to feel so actively supported through this alliance and association. The bursary has played a significant role in the creation of our new work Spectrum and we look forward immeasurably to engaging with the Theatre’s local community”. Ben Wright, Bgroup dance –recipient of a dance development bursary in 2014.
The Take Art Effect
The Octagon Dance Development Project had a significant impact on dance activity within Yeovil. Over the course of two years the project showcased 27 performance events, seen by 2,458 audience members, many of whom were new to dance. The project’s participatory arm ran over 1,200 workshops, reaching 5203 participants.
This project has got the local community enthused about dance and has put the Octagon Theatre on the map as a key venue that supports and develops dance.
Contact Dance Director, Alison Lord
Alison@takeart.org | 01460 249450