The UK/JA Dancehall Theatre Exchange Project
Mini documentary of the Dancehall Theatre Exchange in London
Cindy Claes was an ADAD Trailblazer 2013-14. The award supported her to research and nurture a vision she had for many years: setting up an International Dancehall Theatre Exchange between Jamaica and the UK. Whilst the first milestones of the projects were achieved early 2014 (sold out Dancehall Theatre Production at Sadler’s Wells, trip to Jamaica and Dancehall Theatre workshops at DanceJa, collaboration with Shady Squad, etc.), Cindy’s vision for the future is ambitious. The UK/JA Dancehall Theatre Exchange is a platform for professional development, an opportunity for artists from both sides of the globe to collaborate and exchange skills, it’s a true springboard for long term artistic relationships to start and to blossom in the near future. The project has an educational aspect, exploring Dancehall within Theatre, and a performance aspect, creating collaborative productions. The exchange has as aim to inspire young emerging dancers as well as established artists.