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Participation

Wherever we travel, Dash brings artists and audiences into creative contact with artists from elsewhere: through participation we nurture creative talent and broaden artistic horizons. From the outset, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with us, create work and meet our collaborators.

In the summer of 2014 as part of Dash Blaze, we launched London-based workshops for musicians and theatre performers not born in the UK and for whom English is not their first language. Theatre workshops led by Tim Supple at Toynbee Studios and music workshops led by Josephine Burton at Rich Mix will be both artistic and practical - exploring the rich legacies that performers bring to the UK, and offering what guidance we can through the labyrinth of the capital's arts world. Email us for more information.

Arabic Images

Workshops in Tunisia (2010) and India (2007).

Lyrical Alliance

In 2009, Dash Arts ran a successful hip hop / spoken word pilot project which fed in to the development of Lyrical Alliance. As part of their GCSE work, we guided Year 9 English students at Westminster Academy through an exploration of the classical tradition of Arab poetry and encouraged them to create their own work in response.

The Mu'allaqat is a collection of pre-Islamic poetry, composed in and around the Arabian desert during 6 AD. Students considered what The Mu'allaqat reveals about the values, culture and heritage of the Arab identity and thought about modern-day parallels to The Mu'allaqat. The project challenged stereotypes and offered an opportunity for students to reflect on their own lives and create original work inspired by The Mu'allaqat and a professional hip hop artist.

Participants in this pilot worked with Mohammed Yahya.

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Funded by The Samuel Sebba Trust and Inter Faith Youth Trust
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In 2007, as an integral part of our hugely successful tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we ran two participation projects in London, Stratford and nine UK cities. Tim Supple ran workshops with students in schools, colleges and universities that shared the production’s approach to acting the text. At the same time members of the company ran workshops with young professional performers that shared some of the broad range of their physical skills such as stick fighting, martial arts from Kerala, Bharatanatyam classical dance and contemporary circus silk-climbing.

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Faith to Faith

Run in 2007, Faith to Faith was a pioneering photography project involving Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh teenagers from five London faith schools. Funded by the British government, it aimed to create links between schools and communities by giving young people the opportunity to learn about different religions from each other, through the medium of photography and inter-faith teamwork.

More than 45 students, aged between 14 and 16, took part in weekly sessions with professional photographers and project organisers. They studied technical skills and different forms of photography with a view to exploring the links between image and identity.

Participating Schools: Guru Nanak Sikh School, Southall (Hillingdon), Islamia Girls’ School, Brondesbury (Camden), King Solomon High School, Ilford (Redbridge), Mount Carmel RC Technology College for Girls, Archway (Islington) and Swaminarayan School, Neasdon (Brent).

The Faith to Faith images were turned into a touring exhibition which travelled around the country. The exhibition is available to book again in future.

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