> Barnsley pupils show their creative colours
Barnsley pupils show their creative colours
Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) has teamed up with Qdos Creates and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver a six-week dance project for five Barnsley primary schools.
‘Barnsley Flourish’, part of BMBC’s ‘Viva’, a summer of culture in Barnsley, involves more than 100 pupils from Gooseacre Primary, Wombwell Park Street Primary (recently awarded Arts Mark Gold status by the Arts Council) , Darfield Upperwood Primary, West Meadows Primary and Pipers Grove Primary taking part in dance workshops with the two Yorkshire-based dance companies.
NBT Dance Education Officer Sophie Alder and Katy Marsh, performer and workshop leader from Qdos are leading the dance workshops. Focusing on the theme of colour, pupils have been working creatively to produce their own inspired dance pieces. The work created by all the schools will be brought together for two special performances at which the pupils will share their work in a celebration of dance and colour. The first performance will be in Barnsley town centre on Saturday 11 July at 11am prior to the Mayor’s Parade. The second performance will take place at Locke Park in Barnsley on Sunday 12 July at 2pm.
Sophie said: “The project has provided a great opportunity to bring pupils from all over Barnsley together. We have a great relationship with BMBC and Qdos Creates. They share our enthusiasm for making the arts accessible to as many people as possible. The council’s ‘Viva’ summer festival has been fantastic inspiration for the project and has provided the perfect platform for the young people to share their fantastic work they have been doing with their local community.”
Anjie Taylor, Artistic Director, Qdos Creates, said, “This project is a fantastic opportunity to be able to share skills from both Qdos and NBT with our young people. We are thrilled to be part of such an exciting initiative.”
Ian Morley, arts development officer, festivals and events, BMBC, said: "We are delighted to be working with Northern Ballet Theatre and Qdos Creates on this project. It proves that Barnsley has a thriving arts scene, and adds to our reputation for creating innovative and accessible arts projects which engage with children and the community."