Back to Blackheath Film Project

Back to Blackheath is a dance film project which took place in collaboration with film-maker David McCormick in summer 2016, inspired by the architecture, history and atmosphere of Blackheath Halls.

Back to Blackheath featured young disabled and non-disabled dancers from Candoco, Magpie Dance and Trinity Laban inclusive dance groups and pupils from Thomas Tallis school in Greenwich.

Working with their dance teachers, each group created short movement and dance vignettes inspired by the history, architecture and atmosphere of Blackheath Halls.  They performed these movements and dances on location in Blackheath Halls filmed by David and his team.

The dancers enjoyed the experience of performing in a location very different to their usual studios and being part of a film.

“My daughter loved being filmed and then seeing what had been created.  She also loved being involved with the choreography for this project as it was looking at dance from a very different perspective.”  Parent of participant

The filming process was a ‘first’ for many of the performers and they all responded brilliantly, enthusiastically repeating dance movements over and over so they could be filmed from different angles and with different lighting.

Performers and their parents, friends and family had the chance to watch the finished film at a special screening event held in January 2017 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance.