Throughout Autumn 2017 I developed the project ‘James’ for HCA Dance students. The project involved the creation of a promenade performance of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, which was then performed at the Folly Arts Theatre, Hereford in December 2017.
All students received Aerial Dance Training. Each dancer had a specific character to play from the book and developed the characters using Laban’s movement analysis with this, as well as animal study. The dancers were very much involved in the choreographic process and were able to make creative choices throughout.
One dancer created an amazing puppet to represent the grasshopper and Claire Coache from Open Sky Productions worked with the students on their puppetry skills to enhance the performance further.
James was performed 4 times throughout the day in December 2017 to different audiences, including Primary Schools, Art College students and friends and family.