connectingvibes* have been invited to the 2013 Grenada National Dance Festival. This invitation has special significance to the company as it was an invitation to the 2000 Grenada National Dance Festival that resulted in the birth of connectingvibes*.
At the start of the new millennium, connectingvibes* was just an idea, a project to showcase the talents of young dancers, a unique partnership between City and Islington College and IRIE! dance theatre spearheaded by Rosie Lehan, a Senior Dance Lecturer at City & Islington College, and Beverley Glean, the Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre.
Now, 12 years on, and all the initial ideas have developed as young dancers; musicians, photographers, designers and technicians have joined forces to complete ten exciting tours:
- Maintaining Momentum
- Push de Tempo
- One Blood
- A Very Brave Heart
- Connecting You
- Treading the Baseline
- When in Doubt
Artists working with connectingvibes* have gone on to start their own companies, worked as freelance practitioners, or have worked for companies such as Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, DV8 Physical Theatre, Green Candle, Welsh National Opera and, of course, of course, IRIE! dance theatre, among other others.
All in all, the last 12 years have been amazing – tight in terms of funding and hard work but really rewarding!
So when the company received the latest invitation to perform at the 2013 Grenada National Dance Festival from 29 May – 2 June 2013, it felt as though history was repeating itself. It would be so rewarding for the company to take part in this festival, especially since it would be the first time the company would be joining forces with Connecting Vibes USA, our sister company in Baltimore, directed by the original founder of connectingvibes* UK, John McQueen.
But, once again funding is tight.
So the company is on a mission to raise funds for the airfares and associated costs for 7 company members to attend the festival. The Festival will take care of internal travel cost in Grenada but first the company has to get there.
To this end the company has launched a fund raising campaign on the Please Fund Us crowd funding website:
We would really appreciate your support. You can donate as little as £5 but, even if you cannot afford to make a donation, there are other ways in which you can support this fundraising campaign.
- You can tell a friend about this project.
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- You can email your friends about it.
- You can write a Facebook comment on our project page.
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And, all the tools for doing this are right on our project page. So Please visit the website and support us – in any way you can!