In 2000, Vincent Dance Theatre was awarded £35,000 to run Germinate, a two-year programme of work looking at the interface between dance and digital technology in both the community and professional environment. Year One delivered four exceptional projects for young people (14-25 year olds across the Yorkshire region), the production of four digital video shorts, the setting up of Vincent Dance Theatre’s web site, the buying of necessary technical hardware and the development of new links with key partners in the region.

The first phase of Club took place in Rotherham Arts Centre and RCAT (Rotherham College of Arts and Technology) over three days from 19th – 21st March 2001. Participants were from RCAT Performing Arts BTEC course and from Newman Special School, Rotherham, and the project brought together 16 people with and without physical disabilities. Club began to explore contemporary dance and aspects of club culture, looking at how young people with disabilities are often invisible and excluded from the mainstream clubbing environment and explored new ways of moving, with and without a partner.

A follow up integrated workshop took place at Rotherham Arts Centre, training six community dance practitioners in disability dance and involving the original Newman School group in autumn 2001. The residencies culminated in the making of a documentary video short. To order a DVD copy, please contact the VDT office.


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