Movema have been delivering activities in Bristol and Southwest since 2013. This includes performances, workshops and projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. Movema regularly collaborate with RISE Youth Dance, Funk Supreme, Filwood Community Centre, Diverse Artist Network (DAN), Bean Tree Cafe Page Park, Trinity Community Arts, Chango Music, SGS College and more.
Together with partners RISE Dance, we have been running weekly classes and a community performance group for over 6 years in Bristol. The group performs at a number of key events in the city each year including St Paul’s Carnival, Harbour Festival, The Downs Festival, Open Stage at Bristol Old Vic, Picton Street Fayre, Red Fest and Bristol Mela.
During 2021-22 Movema and partners RISE Youth Dance have been working with the Filwood Fantastic project at Filwood Community Centre. This was one of four Dance Connects residency awarded by Bristol Dance Futures, supported by Trinity Bristol, funded by Arts Council England.
The Everybody Dance Now project commenced with ‘Knowle West Bling’ music video with submissions from the local residents. Then we went on to develop the project in person leading on to community performances at the Summer Carnival, Diversity Fun-day, Jubilee Carnival, and Knowle West Fest.
Movema have produced a number of pieces of dance work performed in and around Bristol including ‘San Jiao’ featuring Chinese and urban arts at The O2 Academy as part of Makala Cheung’s Moon Festival, as well as The Fleece, SGS College and Bristol Museum. Other Movema performances including Flamenco, Brazilian Maxixe, Samba, Bollywood and Latin dance, have been presented at festivals and venues across the region including Trinity Bristol, Redland Theatre, Circomedia, Leftbank and Chapel Arts Centre, Bath.
For multiple years we’ve co-hosted the world renowned master dancer and choreographer Rosangela Silvestre and master drummer Alysson Bruno from Brazil, for an intensive in Symbology of Orixa and Silvestre Technique.
As well as this, we regularly host other guest workshops including; African Artistic Movement with FoFoo Attisu, Maracatu and Samba de Coco with Marcela Rabelo and Afro Fusion with Nandi Bhebhe.
Dance In Education
We share our approach and experiences of cultural dance, and as a tool for positive change with schools, colleges and Universities in the area. This includes Southville Primary School, Frome Vale Academy, St Paul’s Primary and BIPA (Bristol Institute of Performing Arts).
Dance and Wellbeing
We have been fortunate to share the many emotional, physical and mental health benefits of dance with various organisations and individuals in the area. Working with One25 to offer dance as part of their Peony project providing meaningful experiences to marginalised women experiencing multiple disadvantages. As well as workshops at Bristol Heart Institute and with the Dance Movement Therapists at Dance Voice.