Life Remixed was a youth dance piece created by Folk Dance Remixed for U.Dance 2016, national youth dance festival at The Lowry, Salford. The piece was commissioned by EFDSS in partnership with North West Dance and performed outside Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry, Salford, 8 July 2016.
Dance company Folk Dance Remixed worked with 30 young people from across the North West, over two Sundays in June and July, to create a short, joyous outdoor work, fusing traditional folk dance traditions from the region (clog, North West morris, and ceilidh / country dance) with contemporary hip hop dance and live music.
The piece was performed twice: the first performance took place in front of the Imperial War Museum North to welcome around 350 young people and their leaders from nationally selected youth dance groups to Salford; it was then performed again outside The Lowry, prior the first evening performance of the festival.
Life Remixed was choreographed by Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani, Co-Artistic Directors of Folk Dance Remixed, with music by Dogan Mehmet, which was performed live by Dogan (fiddle, melodeon) with Tom Swarman (beatbox). The dancers, aged 11 – 18 years, were mostly new to folk dance and were from the following groups: Chameleon Youth, Commotions (The Lowry’s youth dance company), participants of The Lowry’s wider outreach programme, and Oakenhoof Folk Arts.
“The piece seemed to bring folk dance to life for a new generation and the energy and obvious enthusiasm of the performers was infectious! It was great to see traditional folk dance embraced as a vibrant part of young people’s dance in the UK.”
Ginny Brown, Head of Education & Training, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
“I found the whole experience to be absolutely fantastic... it was an opportunity to share my tradition of dancing with people who may not necessarily have had a go at it, for whatever reason… And, if the tradition is to carry on… it’s crucial to engage with people from all walks of life, not just the children of the folkies who have been press ganged into it from a young age anyway.”
Robyn, one of the dancers from Oakenhoof
(Read Robyn’s blogpost on the Oakenhoof website)
"It was a pleasure to work with EFDSS again on a U.Dance national festival and I hope we'll be able to do it again in the future. I really enjoyed this part of the festival and think your contribution to the Welcome Event was a great success. The spontaneous Ceilidh Jam is definitely one of my highlights from the whole festival!”
Claire Somerville, Interim Head of Children & Young People's Dance, One Dance UK