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In an initiative funded by Here East and Delancey, Studio Wayne McGregor’s FreeSpace programme provided three artists with studio space to create and develop choreographic work. Studio Wayne McGregor and FreeSpace artists then delivered a learning and engagement programme in local schools that engaged 120 students.

Schools were visited by James Cousins Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Alexander Whitley Dance Company. FreeSpace artists provided workshops, mock interviews and GCSE guidance across east London, working with students across key stages 2 - 5.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company led a 5-day residency at Jubilee Primary School linking dance and science around the themes of the work 8 Minutes created at Studio Wayne McGregor. The dance and science project offered year 5 classes the opportunity to work alongside a team of professional dancers, filmmakers, musicians and a scientist from Rutherford Appleton Lab. The week ended with a performance for the rest of the school, and family and friends.

The FreeSpace programme creates a knock-on effect: If you’re given to generously as an artist, you can give back more generously to other artists, and to audiences, and to people.

Eleesha Drennan, choreographer and FreeSpace artist

Check out the FreeSpace film now.

Pictured: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance schools workshop at Goodrich Primary School, delivering their barter-back engagement project as part of the FreeSpace programme at Studio Wayne McGregor. Photo by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

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