Dancing to a new beat

VIDEO HUNDREDS of Felixstowe children have been working with a team of African drummers and dancers, and a theatre group, to explore storytelling and creative movement.

HUNDREDS of Felixstowe children have been working with a team of African drummers and dancers, and a theatre group, to explore storytelling and creative movement.

Some 450 students from Deben High and its feeder schools took part in a series of workshops with the Kenya Performing Arts Group (K-PAG) and Engage Theatre.

Students from years seven, eight, nine and ten, as well as sixth formers doing specialist dance and drama subjects, plus youth centre Level Two's dance group and the young leaders from guide groups, took part over the four days.

Rosa Wyatt, of Engage Theatre, said Felixstowe was her home town and she was thrilled to be involved in a project at the resort.

“It is wonderful to be working with so many young children - young people always have such great ideas and we are exploring the theme of identity and culture in today's age of globalisation and multiculturalism,” she said.

K-PAG's theme was Celebration of Freedom and Expression of Differences - with youngsters encouraged to try different forms of dance to different rhythms.

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As well as the workshops the two groups teamed up for a special performance evening at Deben, a specialist school for the visual and performing arts - with Engage presenting a play The Lost Children and K-PAG a display called Asante.

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