In the summer of 2012, our dancers, with the support of the Hastings Borough Council, visited a number of schools throughout the Hastings area. Through delivering workshops to the participating schools, the project aimed to encourage the young people of Hastings into creative activity and connect them to our team.
Since collaborating together on the Hastings Project in 2012, we have continued to collaborate with Hastings Borough Council. With support from the Magdalene & Lasher Charitable Trust, HSC now delivers one intensive project at the local Helenswood Academy once per academic year.
This work sees a team of our dancers and musicians take up residence in the school, delivering a bespoke project to pupils across all year groups who are taken off timetable for that period. The residency culminates in a public performance with live music.
“We were so lucky to have Hofesh Shechter Company for an intensive residency at our school. The live performance at the end of the week was breath-taking and left the students watching stunned. The workshops were led with great enthusiasm, outstanding teaching skills and an extremely approachable manner. This project led to a spine-tingling performance in which Hofesh Shechter Company dancers performed alongside our students in a collaborative work of live music, learned repertoire and creative motif and development work. The whole experience was inspirational, encouraging and has left a life-long imprint on our students and staff.”
Elaine Vanner, Head of Dance, Helenswood Academy