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24 August 2017

Project Update – Forest Dreaming

It’s been three weeks since we wrapped up another very successful creative lab. This year’s intensive week long creative workshop brought together an amazing creative team, artists, semi-professional performers, new graduates and young people to explore scenes from Forest Dreaming, a newly commissioned musical theatre production based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The original concept for Forest Dreaming came from Geraldine Connor and is being brought to life by writer Pat Cumper and composer Dominique Le Gendre. Forest Dreaming takes Shakespeare’s most popular comedy and combines it with Afro-Caribbean arts, inspired by a contemporary multi-cultural society. The production is set in two worlds; Theseus and Hippolyta’s world of order, commercial business and technology which contrasts with the enchanted forest and organic natural world of the market.

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The production’s score was brought to life for the first time during the creative lab, and the week culminated with an on-site ‘dress rehearsal’ at Kirkgate Market.

The whole team are looking forward to the next stage in the development of this exciting project with special ‘pop-up’ previews of Forest Dreaming at Kirkgate Market on Saturday 16th September. For more information, click here.

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The cast and creative team of Forest Dreaming in rehearsal. Photos by Sally Molineaux

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31 July 2017

Creative Lab 2017- Forest Dreaming

A dedicated group of young aspiring performers have been working alongside artists, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Donald Edwards in our summer series of Creative Café workshops.   The young people have been exploring scenes from our new production Forest Dreaming. Building their skills and confidence to prepare them to work alongside professional musicians and singers in our Creative Lab.

The Lab will take place in August bringing together an amazing creative team, artists, semi-professional performers, new graduates and young people to work on Forest Dreaming.  Bringing the newly commissioned score to life for the first time.   When we have finished we will let you know how it’s shaping up!

This project has been made possible through support from Arts Council England which we are hugely grateful for.

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28 July 2017

Remember Carnival Messiah? Anna wants to Speak to you!

Hi, my name is Anna. I’m currently studying English and Sociology at the University of Leeds, and am lucky to have the opportunity of working with the Geraldine Connor Foundation over the next two years as part of the Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS). Over the summer I’m exploring the impact and legacy of Geraldine’s creation ‘Carnival Messiah’, with a particular focus on the production at Harewood House in 2007.

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Carnival Messiah was widely praised for its community engagement, bringing professionals, semi-professionals locals and international artists on to one stage. To this day the foundation is inundated with stories of the effect Carnival Messiah had on individuals.

I’m interested in learning from artists, participants and audiences about their experiences, the influence the production had on their lives, and also their personal memories in order to try and capture the joy of the production. In building an archive of material about ‘Carnival Messiah’, not only am I hoping to record and celebrate its legacy, but I’m also hoping to demonstrate the importance of the arts more generally. Especially in a time when funding is being cut at every corner, I believe that the arts should be valued in all walks of life, both as a creative outlet and as a powerful tool for personal growth and social change.

If you took part in Carnival Messiah, or even if you simply went to see it and would like to share your experience then we’d love to hear it. Get in touch by emailing info@gcfoundation.co.uk with your name, contact details and a brief description of how you were involved, and we’ll go from there.

 

I hope to hear from you soon!

Anna

 

 

29 June 2017

Our Work Experience at The Geraldine Connor Foundation

pic Hello all, this is Samairah, Tashanne and Bryanna, from Ralph Thoresby School.

We have been fortunate enough, to have been given the opportunity to do work experience with the Geraldine Connor Foundation. We wanted to come to the Foundation because between us, we are interested in Drama, Project management and Wardrobe.

Our first task on Monday morning was to organise the Carnival resource packs, the resource pack was created by Ayo Jones and Rhian Kempadoo-Millar.

The packs will be used to help primary schools around the city to teach their pupils about the history of Carnival. Inside the packs include creative ideas to intrigue and inspire the young people.

Our favourite section was the Ingredients to make a Carnival, which includes:

  1. 1 imaginative idea or story
  2. 5 x 15ml spoon of feathers and sequins
  3. 100g of Soca music
  4. 100g of steel pan music
  5. 1000 drops of energetic people

This section of the pack is very creative and colourful, which will be interesting for the school pupils provoking their imagination.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival the Geraldine Connor Foundation is donating a Carnival Pack to over 100 Primary Schools around Leeds.

The packs will be distributed to schools via Artemis, the art loaning service for children and young people.

For further information about the packs, contact the Foundation

Contact number – 0113 243 1166

or email us at: info@gcfoundation.co.uk

From Bryanna, Samairah and Tashanne.

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8 June 2017

Celebrating Carnival Mash Up 2017!

It’s raining this week in Leeds but last week we had our own early Summer fun bringing Carnival to life with children from all over Leeds.

Our ‘Masqueraders’ (the troupes name for the week) made their own Costumes, ‘Soco’ Danced with true Carnival style and attitude and Beat the SteelPan, all with the help of local experts from the Leeds West Indian Carnival scene.

We’d like to congratulate all our Masquerader’s and thank them for their energy and enthusiasm all week!

We’d also like to thank all of the creative staff who put in some much hard work, as well as our volunteers Taysia and Adeline who gave up their own spring break to give us a hand.

For more Carnival Mash Up and other activites please sign up to our newsletterGCF Insider’

We hope to see you again soon!

Selina, Umi and Kathleen

 

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