On Friday 14th September at 7.30pm in Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre presents a unique, one-off performance, which celebrates recovery from addiction. “Acts of Recovery” promises to be a powerful evening of dance theatre, inspired by real-life experiences.
This performance brings together a unique collaboration between Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Geese Theatre Company’s community ensemble ‘Staging Recovery’, and dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet, all charting personal journeys of discovery.
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is based in North West England. Since 2009, the Company’s Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher, has brought together his experience as a classical dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and extensive work in movement and dance theatre, with people recovering from addiction. His productions provide a unique, emotive and thought-provoking experience. This year marks 20 years since Paul retired from BRB, where he danced for 8 years becoming a soloist, working with renowned choreographers such as Sir Kenneth McMillan. This production is made possible through the support of The Linbury Trust.
“When I was at Birmingham Royal Ballet I always loved to dance dramatic roles that really meant something about people’s lives. I am really excited to have this opportunity to bring together this amazing and versatile cast, to explore real-life stories of addiction and recovery. I hope to take the audience on a journey to witness the power that dance has to break stigma and transform peoples lives” Paul Bayes Kitcher
The performance also falls in the year Geese Theatre Company celebrate their 30th birthday, marking three decades of work with society’s most vulnerable and marginalised members. The Staging Recovery community ensemble, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, began as a creative outlet for people recovering from substance misuse but has now expanded to encompass a broader definition of recovery: from mental health issues and trauma, to experiences with criminal justice. The ensemble has performed at a variety of events and venues – audience members describe being captivated by “the commitment and honesty of the performers” and this event will be no exception.
“We are really looking forward to collaborating with Fallen Angels for a week long intensive project. Staging Recovery have previously gained a lot from Paul’s input and this opportunity will enable that relationship to flourish. We are excited to see what we will create. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the group to spread their wings and share the stage at the Hippodrome.” Emma Smallman
Tickets are £10 (£6 con) and available from: w: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/ p: 0844 338 5000
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