‘Migration’ Dance Film

Movema & Unlock the Box are proud to present ‘Migration’: a collaborative dance film created by our community youth dancers & professional performers, filmed in several locations across Liverpool in December 2020.

This project saw youth dancers explore themes of migration, citizenship & belonging through #WorldDance, where they learned about four mythical birds from around the world, presented in the film by our talented Movema dancers: Pei Tong as the Fenghuang, known as the Phoenix, from Chinese culture; Sheetal Maru as the Peacock, from Indian culture; Ithalia Forel as the Sankofa Bird, from Ghanaian culture; and Hannah Ballard as the Liver Bird, representing British & Irish culture.

We’re in awe of the stunning work young people created on this project! Despite the many tough challenges presented by the lockdowns & restrictions of 2020 – with learning delivered through both face-to-face & virtual dance sessions – our dancers stayed committed to the project and delivered some stunning performances, working professionally & collaboratively with our filmmakers & professional dancers.

A huge thank you & well done to the young people and centre staff at Vibe Huyton – Knowsley Youth Mutual, St Cyril’s Children & Youth Project – SCCYP, Hunts Cross Primary School & Unlock the Box Online, for all their hard work and commitment!
Big thanks to The Lantern Company for creating the magnificent costumes of our birds! More to come soon from these mythical characters in our new touring show, ‘Taking Flight’ 👀 funded by Dance Consortia North West Cheshire Dance Spareparts Festival Arts Council England

Finally, a shout out to film maker Tim Brunsden and all our Movema staff & artists, who worked incredibly hard behind the scenes with our young people to deliver on our vision, helping to create an incredible project film for us to treasure and to celebrate all our hard work during the challenges of 2020: Emma Jane Lippitt Lauren Croxford Paul Doyle Steele Sabrina Lauren Tucker Sheetal Maru & James Bowling.

We hope you all enjoy watching the final film as much as we had fun making it!!*Project filmed without an audience prior to current lockdown restrictions*Unlock the Box is funded by BBC Children in Need and has been running for 6 years, bringing high-quality, life-changing artistic experiences to Children and Young People around Merseyside with the least access to the arts!

And that’s not all!! Unlock the Box Online is BACK for the next 2 weeks with FREE dance sessions available to young people aged 6-12, on the 2nd, 4th, 9th & 11th Feb at 4pm 💃🏽 Interested!? For more info & to register your place, head here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScEgIPCnsG…/viewform…#movema#unlockthebox#utb#liverpooldance#youthdance#lockdowndance#dancefilm#migration#danceproject#onlinedance