A Positive Life – Free School and Community Workshops & Performances
For the last three years Autin Dance Theatre, supported by Arts Council England, has been working on an immersive theatre experience for young people called ‘A Positive Life’. A Positive Life is inspired by the stories of five characters around sex, love and relationships, featuring dance, physical theatre and spoken word. The work, aimed at young people 11-24 years old, has an uplifting and engaging message on self-love, sexual health topics and sex education stories.
During our research and development phase, we worked with many young people in schools (mainstream & SEN) and community settings, to gain relevant content to form the piece. We have successfully toured a live piece alongside workshops on 18 occasions to arts centres, schools, colleges, universities and youth centres across the West Midlands, gaining great feedback on the positive impact and engagement of young people with the project.
Since then we have applied to more funds to deliver our work. We have recently received great news, that we have been successful for a National Lottery Awards For All grant to offer free provision to community groups and school groups between September and December 2018.
What we are offering;
*2 full day workshops in your setting with 2 dance artists and an assistant (or 4 half day workshops depending on the nature of the group). Workshops consist of movement (suitable for the level of the participants) and also consultative discussions about thetopics covered in the piece.
*Invitation to see a relaxed live performance of A Positive Life (venue tbc) including a Question & Answer session with the cast, a sex education specialist and a BSL interpreter (Date TBC – likely late November)
*Free Transport to the performance for your young people
All our Dance artists are DBS checked and have a vast experience of working with young people with additional needs.
Workshops were very successful in providing safe spaces for young people to ask questions, talk about taboos, and open up discussions about consent, gender, relationships, love, self-esteem and more topics that might not be covered in sex education. We explored these topics through spoken word, poetry and movement, as a way of expressing their feelings, overcoming anxieties and fears around taboos. Young people we worked with reported that the workshops were very empowering for them, providing them with information, enabling them to have ownership over their choices and take control of their wellbeing, making positive choices for themselves. Feedback from teachers and parents was that young people had increased self confidence and were more knowledgeable and confident talking about issues around sex and relationships.
Links to more information about the piece can be found below…
Film and interview with Johnny (Creative Director) – https://vimeo.com/227139119
Teaser film – https://vimeo.com/212410984
Youth Intensive – https://vimeo.com/180023326
For more information and to book please contact Kirsten at [email protected]