September is Recovery Month: dedicated to raising awareness of treatments and services for those in recovery and to celebrate recovery journeys.
Each year the annual Recovery Walk, run by Faces and Voices of Recovery UK, is held in a different UK city. Due to Covid-19 there’s no walk this year. The next Recovery Walk will be held in Newcastle in 2021.
For Recovery Month 2020 we are looking back at the many amazing Recovery Walks we have been involved in in previous years and taking a moment to celebrate the many ways that dance supports recovery.
Last year we teamed up with Recovery Connections at the Recovery Walk in Middlesborough. Their recovery community performed with FADT, which was captured by an audience member here:
Also in 2019, we collaborated with local organisations to create Cheshire Celebration during recovery month. Its aim was to promote visible recovery from addiction and mental health issues. We worked in partnership with Chester Plus, Peer-led mental health Charity and WDP The local substance misuse treatment service for Cheshire West and Chester.
It was a wonderful opportunity for people in recovery, their friends and families, and all those who support recovery in Cheshire West and Chester to gather together, in a public space to celebrate and show support and solidarity for recovery.
The powerful film below captures the FADT rehearsals and performance of Hell Can Wait at the 2017 Recovery Walk in Blackpool.
“Dance doesn’t have a language barrier, everybody can relate to it in different ways” Paul Bayes Kitcher, Artistic Director.
In 2016 at the Halton Recovery Walk, FADT performed “Pin Pricks of Light” which had been developed that year funded by 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.
“This powerful performance set the tone for a community finding its feet positively making an impact and demonstrating that in the face of adversity recovery and change is not only possible but dynamic.”Claire Morris, Executive Director.
In 2015 the Recovery Walk was held in Durham. FADT performed in the spectacular Durham Cathedral and here they are captured during rehearsals. A participant shared this of the performance on the day
“ It is as if we have entered the realm of the divine, connected by the breath of life and a shared bond that is the miracle of recovery from addiction”