commissioned a dancer and a poet, working with a local engineer and a
sound artist, to create and perform a piece with year 5 children from
Easton Road and Four Acres primary schools.
The performances took place on Wednesday 29 March
at The Wickham Theatre, Bristol, and brought together poetry, dance and
music to explore the creation of the GWR between Bristol and London.
Manager, Ruth Hecht, said: “This project has been is a
fantastic opportunity for two groups of children to be inspired by Brunel
and the legacy he’s left; by working closely with a group of artists
they’ve been able to transform their new knowledge into something
truly unique to them.”
Choreographer Laila Diallo with performer.
The team who worked with the schools were Laila
Diallo, a dancer and choreographer whose recent work includes choreography
for the latest Harry Potter film and the London Old Vic’s winter
production of Aladdin; Fiona Hamilton, a poet and fiction writer with
a background in drama, teaching and counselling; Loben Tatlow, Lead
Tutor in Sound Technology at the Basement Studios; Richard Ellam, a
mechanical engineer, science communicator and interactive exhibit builder;
and Paul Gilbert, an independent film maker who has been commissioned
by local government and the education sector.
The filmmaker also worked
with participating teachers to produce a DVD about the project for
circulation to other schools in Bristol as a permanent educational
Hester Cockcroft, said: “Brunel
was an innovator, someone who was always pushing the boundaries of
what was thought possible. We hope that in a similar way this project
will enable the young participants to create, innovate and achieve
far beyond their expectations.”
Poet Fiona Hamilton (top left) in rehearsal. Photo:
Facts and figures
Participating creative team: 6
Participating teachers: 2
Participating young people: 58
Audience for performances: 103
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