ROOTED IN YOUTH:
From September to November 2021, Eliot Smith Dance delivered 20 dance and arts related workshops for a cohort of 22 children at St. Catherine’s Primary School and St. Teresa's Primary School. The result was Rooted in Youth - a new contemporary dance film to give audiences an inspiring message about one of the biggest challenges of our time – climate change.
This exciting project aimed to provide a healthy opportunity for pupils to be active; be creative; and is a confidence-building experience, with the added benefit of meeting friends and working with supportive professional dance artists in the community.
Jo Cundall, Senior Advisor, Culture at the Community Foundation said:
“The Community Foundation were delighted to help fund Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) outreach work and to produce an online piece of work on such an important and meaningful topic. By engaging with young people in the local community, ESD has offered opportunities for children to take part in dance and arts related activities as well as capturing the voice of the youth that will be most directly impacted by climate change".
Click here to find out more about Eliot Smith Dance Education and Beyond programme.
Rooted in Youth partcipants in rehearsals at St. Teresa's Primary School
CREATIVES AND CREDITS
Director Eliot Smith
Choreography and Performers Pupils from St. Catherine's Primary School and St Teresa's Primary School
Filmmaker Jason Thompson
Music Adam Johnson
Artists Bernadette Koranteng and Yamit Salazar
Young people are essential to climate action. They will be living with the impacts of climate change and have the right to participate in decisions that affect their future.
Voices of Youth, UNICEF