To rehearse…

…or not to rehearse, that is the question!

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…!)

Breaking the Mould, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Art. Dancers Dan Cossette and Rachel Riveros, 2018

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!

Eyes and Ears

Infusion dancers Dan and Rachel

Infusion Physical Theatre was pleased to be a part of the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership! As part of their vulnerable persons awareness campaign called Eyes and Ears, we presented a snippit from our anti-human trafficking work Somebody’s Daughter, in the Lady Chapel of the Stunning Ely Cathedral. It was a powerful event, talking with city and county councillors, police men and women, and people from all sectors sharing their stories about the horribly local problem of trafficking. It was also great to hear about the many things people are doing to confront it.

We were especially grateful for the kind words the police said, thanking us for our visual and compelling way of helping people engage with the topic. We hope to work with several of our new friends again soon! Thanks to the Romsini Centre for setting this up!

community support and awareness groups set up for the event