New Adventures celebrates Magic Me partnership

24 September 2022
A new adventures dancer and a care home resident laughing as they hold hands to dance.
Credit: Photo by Stephen Daly

On National Day of Arts in Care Homes New Adventures are pleased to announce a continued partnership, as one of four arts partners, with Magic Me’s Artists’ Residencies in Care Homes project taking place across Essex.

Postponed due to the pandemic, the project was originally announced in 2019. New Adventures is now delighted to share new details about the project.

New Adventures Dance Artists Emily Piercy and Alan Vincentwill be running a series of workshops with a group of residents from St. Fillans Care Homein Colchester. The aim will be to learn about the residents, discover stories about their lives and explore storytelling through movement. In November, New Adventures Dance Artist Anjali Mehra will direct and choreograph a short film inspired by the lives and stories of the residents, which will be devised with professional dancers from the New Adventures company.

The film will be created by Tea Films and produced by New Adventures. The cast for this creation are: Reece Causton, Tasha Chu Graham, Glenn Graham, Emily Piercy, Alan Vincent and Karishma Young.

A smiling care home resident holds a floral scarf and converses with a dancer holding a tambourine.
Credit: Photo by Stephen Daly
A care home resident smiling while holding aloft a coloured scarf and tambourine.
Credit: Photo by Stephen Daly

As part of the company’s community strand, New Adventures has also recently toured Arts Council Funded project Doorstep Duets to 21 care homes across the Southeast of England, with support from our many producing partners. Two heart-warming dance theatre pieces, ‘High Tide’ and ‘Ding Dong’ by New Adventures Dance Artists Sophia Hurdley and Daisy May Kemp were performed throughout the summer to care home residents and staff.

New Adventures is passionate about bringing our unique brand of dance storytelling to care home residents and utilising the wealth of experience of our Dance Artists in community arts practice to create joyful, meaningful experiences for people of all ages.

Magic Me is the UK’s leading intergenerational arts charity, they work to bring together primary school children with older people living in care settings and the community to work with professional artists on creative projects.

We recognise the importance of using this art form to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable people within our communities.

Imogen Kinchin, Executive Director of New Adventures

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