Under the artistic leadership of Adesola Akinleye, DancingStrong creates performances in collaboration with galleries and museums and inspired by visual stimuli. The work is designed for small scale flexible touring.
In 2018, DancingStrong has two forty minute dance works with live music aimed at young children and their families: Found for 4-7 year olds; and Light Steps for 2-5 year olds.
Found looks at what connects us to each other and our surroundings, drawing on stories of discovery, exploration and travel. Adrift on their own islands the performers bring audiences into a magical world where connections become visible as sound waves ripple through bodies and lines and angles converge in new journeys and forms. Inspired by objects selected from local museums, Found was created through residencies with three Primary schools. The show provides an adventure in colour, line, music and dance which children can enjoy and participate in, and feel free to be themselves.
Light Steps centres on the exploration of the changing light of day by an endearing rag doll, Alex. Alex’s journey is overseen by three friends (two dancers and a musician) whose movement, music and dance mirror the rag doll’s feelings and curiosity as the journey of the sun across the sky are experienced. Beginning with first light, the dance and music (a profoundly beautiful live soundtrack by Jake Alexander) trace the sun’s light from morning to sunset, creating an adventure in colour, music and dance which children can enjoy and participate in, free to be themselves.