Dance Voice Annual Performance
The Value of Performance
About 15 years ago Marie Ware founder of Dance Voice decided it would be a good idea for some of the Dance Voice clients to perform on a public stage to demonstrate to an audience that emotional, cognitive or physical disabilities were not a barrier to achieving.
Since then time has past and as Dance Voice has grown so has the concept and meaning of performance. We now invite the majority of all our dancers to join us in a themed performance in a theatre that will seat 350.
Public performance and the confidentiality of dance movement psychotherapy are not natural companions but our annual performance has become a regular and significant fixture that many dancers look forward to. It is an opportunity to shine, to be witnessed for our abilities and not our disabilities, to feel the excitement of wearing costumes, to be part of a creative process, to be of value to our community.
For the range of clients we work with the performance presents a challenge, from stepping out of routine, to travelling, to being in an unfamiliar environment and this is before stepping on stage. The reason this challenge is achievable is due to the established therapeutic relationship between the Dance Voice team (including registered DMP’s, training DMP’s and volunteers). There is huge amounts of trust, respect and compassion in play, the team can attune to the dancers so easily that the audience experience both professionalism and pure tenderness.
For some client groups the choreographic process becomes a significant part of the DMP session. There is empowerment in being able to show the audience elements of mental health/addiction/aging through the dance theme. Themes and music develop from the natural DMP process forming a choreographed dance. The group benefit from working closely together on a shared project, learning to compromise, listen and direct, and finally supporting each other in becoming visible and voicing the unspoken.
For other clients there is a stronger need for the team to be involved, the skill of improvisation and attunement comes into play, the DMP’s ability to work with the unpredictable and still enable the dancer to look their best.
The sense of achievement and empowerment experienced through public performance is carried back into the DMP space seen in a growth of confidence, risk taking and therefor an expansion of movement range.
What to expect from a Dance Voice Performance
There is always an amazing atmosphere at our performances, one you wont experience anywhere else. This comes from the inclusivity, honesty and pure joy of the occasion that comes from the dancers, the team and audience.
The range of client groups we work with, our DMP trainees and the Dance Voice team performs the dances in the show. There is an overall theme that gives scope for interpretation humorous and emotive. There is colour and creativity pouring from the stage.
As an audience member you become part of the Dance Voice community and consequentially are taken on an emotional ride.
What you can learn from our Performance
The performance is an opportunity to gain an insight into Dance Voice and the process of Dance Movement Psychotherapy. The mutuality of the therapeutic relationship is in constant work making it hard sometimes to know who is client, student or DMP.
This is the closest a member of public will get to experience Dance Movement Psychotherapy in action due to the confidentiality of the therapy space
The performance as a Fundraiser
As the performance is the best opportunity for us to demonstrate our work we see this as an opportunity to gain support from possible financial donors or just to gain that extra pound from the audience. Every penny made from the performance goes back into our work.
So if you are interested in supporting us but want to know more about us this is the perfect opportunity to get involved and have a great time in the process.