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“Together While Apart” Fallen Angels C19 Project

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) has been delivering a holistic online programme for 50 adults in recovery from addiction from their Recovery community groups in Cheshire, Merseyside and Leigh, Greater Manchester since Lockdown. This has included a weekly timetable of creative dance theatre workshops on Zoom, and activities, and moderation of the interactive Facebook group to ensure that the platforms stay safe for everyone.

Zoom workshop in action

We have supported journeys through the challenges, encouraged and maintained engagement and interest in the activity. We have facilitated participant-led micro creative projects that harnessed our holistic approach to challenge their mind and body.

We have developed a dance film with the highlights of the dance and creativity that has been explored and generated during this time. Please follow this link to view on our Youtube channel https://youtu.be/Sn9CBtTBrcI

Our Zoom group sessions offered a range of positive outcomes for those taking part including:

Fallen Angels creative expression to support Black Lives Matter campaign

Buddy System

We set up a buddy system within their Together While Apart project during lockdown “It gave me something else to focus on whilst lockdown was in place. From my experience, it helped myself and my buddy feel more connected and not alone.” (participant).

Supporting Angels went on a secret mission to send out hand made cards with personal messages to those who just needed a lift, and a bit of connection.

Creative activities

In our groups Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher has been on hand with inspiration to guide us through the challenges. We explored synergies with how stars are born in the most hostile environments, parallels were drawn to our collective journeys into recovery.

Check-in meetings

Since lockdown Fallen Angels has met twice weekly through our “Check in meetings” we listen to stories, share experiences and now “we are all a bit closer.” participant

Guest Dancer: Hannah Rudd

Hannah greeting Fallen Angels on Zoom!

Beautiful Dancer Hannah Rudd from Rambert Dance Company, gifted us her time and lifted all our spirits during a challenging time. Hannah says: 

“During lockdown I had the joy of working again with #fallenangelsdancetheatre, the work of this company and its participants is not only inspiring, but necessary. 

To share with, move with, and be witness to the depth of human capacity that these artists express – is a gift.”

‘Together while ApArt’ is a short capture of the weeks of commitment, to not only dance but also recovery that these artists fulfilled. 

It is a privilege as always to be invited into this space.”

Funding support

We are so grateful to the generous support during these challenging times. A very big thank you to: Cheshire Community Foundation, Cheshire West and Chester, National Lottery, Steve Morgan Foundation, and The Westminster Foundation,

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