Today, we’re excited to announce six new dance films created as part of a mini-series titled The Shimmering Extraordinary, created by Emmy Award-nominated director Fx Goby, that will be available on Nowness from today.
Commissioned as part of our Safe to Be Me™ Festival 2021, a digital festival of dance that celebrates diversity, the films are inspired by the programme’s themes of acceptance, identity, and respect.
Bringing together artists from various backgrounds, the six short films focus on the stories of six individual dancers; Annie Edwards, Hayaat zahra shah, Madeline Squire, Mukeni Nel, Nikita Gold and Saul Nash.
They put the lens on each person’s journey and practice, giving voice to their story, and how dance and movement has become their way of expressing and communicating themselves.
Each shines a light on the strength and resilience of overcoming obstacles, to feel proud and empowered in who we are.
The mini-series brings the online festival to a celebratory close, after three weeks in which we worked with over 2,000 young people aged between 10 and 23, through over 50 digital dance and film sessions, and inspirational talks from dance industry artists and leaders.
Safe to Be Me™ is a project that has been running in schools since 2019. Our Engagement team use their practice in dance and movement to inspire creative thinking and open up conversation, across areas such as ableism, bigotry, family diversity, homophobia, racism, and transphobia, in line with key Scottish Government targets.
Using movement as a tool to discuss and explore intersectionality, the films and the festival celebrate dance as a universal language; a way in which to celebrate and communicate oneself.