After 19 months of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, Infusion was pleased to take to the stage for English audiences just a week ago. Partnering with longstanding friends (we call them our sister company) E33 Dance Company, we were pleased to perform to an wonderful audience at the Battersea Exchange, London.
Audience shared tears of joy and relief, and moments of comfort–many leaving the event saying they felt “lighter” and “fuller.” The show We’re Gonna Be Okay, was devised from personal stories of the dancers, and looking for hope and healing after the tumultuous past year-and-a-half.
Like everyone, 2020 brought massive disruption to our plans and schedules. But look at what we achieved!
We’ve invented a whole new way of dancing online (Yay, to our amazing dance family across four continents who join our ongoing community classes and choreography projects!) We’ve been working out, rehearsing new choreography, and exploring dance technique and mime/physical theatre… all from our own homes. We’ve also premiered our dance combo video series on our YouTube channel, and appeared in the online platform Dance Onstage (live dance with a digital premier that is…!)
It took some campaigning by arts industry and our unions (thanks Equity!), but the government has realized they have to allow the arts to resume work just like everyone else… and their policies include professional activities to occur, much like elite athletes are allowed to go to work (training, playing matches, and huffing and puffing in public places like you’d expect!). Thanks government–we do bring you billions of pounds of revenue every year…!
But they forgot to tell small rehearsal halls, community halls, gyms and other such venues that we are allowed to work! So bear with us as we try to wrangle the next professional hurdle, and get ourselves into physical places to keep producing the shows ad activities you love.
We have three massive projects coming up between us and our partners. We will be dancing with E33 Dance Company in the Wandsworth Arts Fringe in June. And we’re developing and premiering an all new show with Springs Dance Company aimed at children and schools (which have had an equally challenging year, and are desperate for some creative release!). Finally our own anti-trafficking show is gaining momentum again, and we have won some awards to make a film version for digital release..! Coming this summer, so watch this space!
All Pursue Me photos courtesy of George Alexander Thompson
Infusion’s Dan Cossette hit the stage the January 31st for E33 Dance Company’s premier of Pursue Me. A 15 minute ballet/capoeira fusion telling the story of love, rebellion, power struggle, and return. Audiences were captured from the first notes of live musicians, led by pianist Reinis Zarins, and the fascinating set design of broken windows and glass shatters on the floor.
Special thanks to Rachel Riveros and her team for making it happen. Cast and crew heard many grateful responses as people reported crying their way through the story, receiving healing and hope. A standing ovation from a full house, made for a wondrous evening.