Ila Project

Ila Project, DancingStrong Company. Photo: Sharon Treharne. Children from local primary school enjoy a workshop at Trinity
Ila Project, DancingStrong Company. Photo: Sharon Treharne

Connecting  fine art, live music and dance with young audiences. 

Ila project shared Adesola Akinleye/DancingStrong’s choreographic process with communities of young people in London UK, Bristol UK and Flint USA. The project involved schools and their local museums contributing to the making of “Found”  as movement consultants.  

Young children in school settings worked with Adesola to explore and respond to artwork from three museums (V&A Museum of Childhood, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Flint Institute) through movement making, drawing and links to the core curriculum. Working with children in different geographic locations (in UK and USA), the project takes high quality dance, art, and music workshops into school classrooms. 

Ila project develops children’s skills in visual literacy, physical literacy, and mathematical literacy as tools to support the creative processes of making dance.  Children explore the works of art provided by local museums and galleries and create their own dances in response. Later the children become advisor-consultants to the creation of a final performance piece, inspired by the children’s responses to the art work and performed by the  DancingStrong  professional dance company.  

Short Film about Ila Project and the making of Found

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