Commemorating the First World War: inspired by Akram Khan’s work for Lest We Forget, Dance Journeys was a live dance performance and short film by young people from two west London schools, Hammersmith Academy and Capital City Academy on the main stage at the Barbican on 11 April 2014.
Funded by John Lyon’s Charity, Dance Journeys ran from January to April 2014.
World-class Artists from English National Ballet and Akram Khan Company worked with students and teachers to build capacity for developing arts projects, to raise the aspirations of young people, bringing them into contact with world class dance companies and digital experts.
Dance Journeys shifted young people’s perceptions of classical dance forms through the experience of creating new dance work.
English National Ballet:
Laura Harvey – Dance Journeys Artistic Director
Jenna Lee –Choreographer
Akram Khan Company:
Sadé and Kristina Alleyne –Choreographers
Friday 11 April, 12 noon, Barbican Theatre
Film screening and live performance followed by a panel discussion on stage with artists, students and collaborators facilitated by dance critic Donald Hutera.
"It was truly spectacular – everyone involved should feel very proud of what they have achieved. It was one of the most moving pieces I have ever seen performed by a young company. Bravo!"
Anna Clemenson, Grants & Communications Manager at John Lyon's Charity (funder of Dance Journeys)
"Thank you so much for this great opportunity and your commitment to making the project a success. The final performance at the Barbican was absolutely fantastic!"
Emma Reynolds, Dance Teacher at Capital City Academy