Moving Roots is a collective of arts organisations including Battersea Arts Centre (London), Lyrici Arts (Medway) Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough) and Common Wealth (Cardiff).
Our aim is to collaborate with local people and artists to explore new ways to co-create live performances and create as many diverse opportunities as possible.
Over the next three years we will be working closely with the community to develop new ways to create art in celebration of local voices, people and stories. The project is centred around three performances and the social change that these performances might invoke.
Co-creation delegates leadership to participants and invites a wider range of voices, encouraging dialogue that continues beyond the immediate life of the project itself. It challenges hierarchies and gives people agency to shape the project, be the author of their stories, and make what they want to see in their hometown. The project works with artists as visionaries, skilled communicators and social provocateurs.
1. We will not use jargon, and make sure language and process is clear and demystified.
2. The work will celebrate the people and place.
3. We must be receptive to gifts.
4. The work must be artistically excellent.
5. “Not about us, without us”.
6. The project will encourage people to be more active in their own lives/ community.
7. Where possible, support the onward progression of people; take them beyond volunteering and give access to paid work.
8. Dig deeper.
9. The project will make people feel differently.
Rent Party was the 1st of 3 shows to be programmed by the Moving Roots network.
Acclaimed choreographer and director Darren Pritchard (Mother of the House of Flava, House of Ghetto) invited audiences to Rent Party in Wigan. A 21st century Austerity Britain immersive show inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance Rent Parties.
It was a night in which local artists shared stories of marginalisation, invisibility, mental health and identity. A show about what it’s like to be working class, silenced and talented in Wigan.
Alice Mae Fairhurst
Director: Darren Pritchard
Assistant Director: Stuart Bowden
Jamie Lee photographed by Ant Robling.
The next Moving Roots project, “Epic Fail” will champion ways of working closely with local communities to give people agency to shape projects, be the author of their stories, and make what they want to see in their hometown.