‘Creative Conversations’ is a cross arts project born from our desire to connect with our participants in a creative way during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We recorded snippets of conversations our participants had during lockdown, which were gathered together into a poem created by local poet, Gordon Buss.
We then collaborated with filmmaker, Emma Spellman – Oojamaflick, to create a film which captured creative dance responses to the poem from participants on Zoom and in person, alongside the poem, read by Gordon Buss, with additional poetry contributed and read by one of our participants.
Overall, 25 participants contributed to the project, with stories, memories and movement contributions. The final film shows their responses to the pandemic, and the impact it has had on their lives.
The film premiered at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on Monday 20th September, to an invited audience consisting of participants, family and friends and industry supporters. The event celebrated the launch of the film and included pre-show refreshments and a short live performance, followed by the film and a Q&A session.
“What an incredible piece of humanity”
“This will be really significant in 10 years’ time, when we can really look back and reflect”
“History in the making and recorded forever”
What Happens Next
The film has been programmed to be shown at The Oxford Playhouse and will also be archived at the Museum of Oxford as part of their pandemic display. We are also looking for more opportunities to show the film online and at live events.
Photo credit – Emma Spellman – https://www.oojamaflick.com
A Million Memories
We premiered our first production ‘A Million Memories’ at the cornerstone in Didcot on September 8th 2018. This production told the raw and poignant story of a mother with young onset dementia and her daughter through dance, poetry and music.
Comments about ‘A Million Memories’ from audience members included: –
‘Very moving, taught people how to deal with what’s ahead of them…helps you to adjust – beautifully executed and performed. [It helps you to know] how to keep in touch with that person’