Two of our Diploma students, Fumy Opeyemi and Natalie Baylie, recently participated in the Wild Card: Dancehall Takeover this past Valentine’s Day!
Supported through Lottery funding, Arts Council England and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Wild Card is an innovative Sadler’s Wells initiative that enables young artists to present the work of their choice at the Lilian Baylis Studio. The Dancehall Takeover was the first production of the spring/summer and brought together comedy, strong emotions and powerful Jamaican street dance in a high energy program featuring Dancehall talent from three generations of UK and Jamaican performers, including work by Cindy Claes.
Natalie Baylie performed in “Is My Whining Winding You Up?”, an extract from a full-length production about three friends meeting up for a cuppa. Boldly expressing their feelings and sentiments, the friends freely question and speculate until a book attracts their attention. The piece balances between comedy and drama, attempting to lift spirits while questioning daily life.
As members of the DTX Collective, Fumy Opeyemi and Natalie Baylie both participated in “Life of a Shady”. Asking “What will happen to us when everybody has forgotten the path we paved?”, “Life of Shady” was a collaboration between the DTX Collective and the renowned Jamaican crew, Shady Squad. Sharing a passion for dancehall culture, the DTX collective is comprised of many leaders or emerging leaders in the dance sector.
Well done Fumy and Natalie! We are so proud that our students are taking their talents and the skills learnt and nurtured at Wac Arts into the professional world.
If you are a student or an alumni and are currently working on projects outside of Wac Arts please let us know, we would love to hear about your successes and keep you informed with Wac Arts events… Hayley.Butler@wacarts.co.uk