Dancing their way through Recovery Month

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre who aim to transform the lives of people struggling with addiction, has celebrated Recovery Month this September with a host of exciting events around the North West.

September has been established as Recovery Month in the UK, an opportunity to raise awareness of the Recovery community, challenge stigma and celebrate it’s achievements.

“Recovery month helps us get out and about with workshops and performances with the purpose to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding addiction. Our message is clear people do overcome addiction and transform, turn their lives around” says Fallen Angels Claire Morris.

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For Fallen Angels the celebrations began in Chester City Centre for Cheshire Recovery Walk performing to hundreds of people in Grosvenor Park on 4th September with local residents in recovery performing alongside testimonies of people that overcome the adversity of addiction.

Next stop the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh (Greater Manchester) with a open workshop and art exhibition for Wigan’s Well Week.
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Members of Expression Leigh demonstrated how they express themselves through movement to enhance and support their recovery.

The highlight of the month was on 10th September at UK Recovery Walk at Select Stadium in Halton where thousands of people attended the day from across the country to show solidarity for recovery – Fallen Angels performed “Pin Pricks of Light” which had been in development since May thanks funding from Arts Council England. Involving professional dancers, adults and young people who had all been affected by addiction, coming together to demonstrate how overcoming addiction not only benefits the individual but the whole family. The group even had a special day of training with World renowned choreographer Russell Maliphant whose company is based at London’s Sadlers Wells.

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” This powerful performance set the tone for a community finding it’s feet positively making an impact and demonstrating that in the face of adversity recovery and change is not only possible but dynamic.” Claire went on the explain.

The charity is looking forward to more performances later in the year at The Lowry, Salford Quays and University of Chester. They hope that their message of recovery reaches out and gives hope to those who still suffer from addiction.

AUDITION

Expressions of Interest:
Female Dancer Required for Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre are auditioning for their
Autumn 2016 /Spring 2017 tour of “Upon Awakening”
Performances in the North West and
Royal Opera House Clore Studio.

We are looking for: 1 female dancer “Upon Awakening” with at least 3 years professional experience. Strong classical and contemporary technique, partnering and/or pas de deux essential.

The audition will take place in the North West and by invitation only. Please send images and CV to [email protected] Deadline: 30th September 2016

Upon Awakening Rehearsals:
Week of 31st October, 7th- 8th November
Performance 9th and 16th November at Chester University and The Lowry Salford
March 2017 – Tour rehearsal and performance dates TBC

Please send images and CV to [email protected]
This is a paid opportunity.
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Pin Pricks of Light at UK Recovery Walk

Fallen Angels from all our groups will be performing “Pin Pricks of Light” in front of 7000 people in recovery who will travel from across the Uk to attend the event in Widnes on Saturday 10th September.

We will perform on the main stage 11.45am.

“The piece has been developed over 3 months with support and inspiration from London based choreographer Russell Maliphant.”

“It’s the first time we have had young people that have experienced the joys of recovery in the performance. Come and see these inspirational people dance their stories of adversity and hope” says Artistic Paul Bayes Kitcher

The event is free of charge and our performance has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England and local trusts and foundations for which we are very grateful.

Pin Pricks of Light - photo: Andrew Millar

Pin Pricks of Light – photo: Andrew Millar