Led by the company’s director Adam Towndrow, the students gained an understanding of what it takes to choreograph and perform shows such as Trolleys, a performance featuring dance stunts while on board supermarket trolleys and The Van Man, which features a dance performance on, in and around a Luton van and received funding from the National Lottery Grant for the Arts Awards to produce.
Their production of Shhh! performed in the school’s Olivier Theatre and inspired by a visit to the School’s Memorial Library, captivated the audience. The Bedales Block 5 (Year 11) dance students enjoyed the opportunity to learn a piece of the choreography during the pre-show workshop. Commenting on the experience, student Daisy Nielsen said: “Adam Towndrow ran several group exercises of which one consisted of running at speed towards a wall of people with our eyes closed. The aim was to build trust and while it was much harder than it looked I think it had a positive effect. Towards the end of the workshop Adam taught us all a section from the production. It involved a lot of physical performance and overall I think everyone enjoyed the afternoon.”
Commenting on the workshop and the company’s production, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said: “We have enjoyed C-12’s performances in the past particularly for their originality, which our students benefit from replicating in the dance company’s workshops. There are not many libraries that inspire a dance performance so we were honoured to have inspired such an impressive production.”