Elevate Success!

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre has been awarded £87,094 from Arts Council England’s Elevate Fund, over 18 months Fallen Angels will look to extend its reach and continue to support people in recovery from addiction. Transforming lives, the company will share recovery journeys through dance, performance and creativity, and is set to strengthen resilience, develop new sources of income, broker partnerships and enhance collaborative working partnerships.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
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“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be awarded this funding. It will enable us to reach out further to support people in recovery by strengthening our organisation.  We are absolutely over the moon!” says Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher.

Fallen Angels comprises 1 of the 8 organisations in the North of England (and 1 of only 6 dance organisations nationally) that have successfully received a share of over £740,000 round 2 Elevate Funding in the region. 

Empowering Women through Dance

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Fallen Angels Dance Theatre will be embarking on a new Women’s project this month “Empowering Women through Dance” with the aim of supporting local women to build confidence and friendship through dance. The project is made possible through funding from Cheshire Community Foundation and the Tampon Tax Fund. This marks the second Women’s focused project for the Dance Theatre organisation and the first time they will work in partnership with Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS).

This project has come about through consultation with local women already accessing projects with Fallen Angels.  Women are keen to develop their confidence and self-esteem.  Director of Fallen Angels said, “The overriding theme that comes up time and again for women in recovery is confidence, self-belief, not feeling that they are as worthy as men”. 

Fallen Angels will support 12 women survivors through the project. Participants may have experienced recovery from addiction, sexual violence and mental health problems.  Fallen Angels is excited by the new development of working in partnership with the CSASS together “we will explore stories about survivors and recovery. We will draw strength from one another becoming empowered and confident women.” Says Claire Morris Project Manager

CSASS are delighted to be part of this innovative and exciting project. The links between addiction, mental health and sexual abuse makes an obvious partnership. Kathryn Kirk, the Outreach Manager for CSASS said, “the healing potential of mindfulness and creative movement used in this project for women who have been raped or sexually abused is a powerful one.  We are looking forward to learning from Fallen Angels hugely successful work”.   

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