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Wayne McGregor CBE makes a rare exception for Customs House

In a final celebration of the Customs House Find Your Talent programme, Jarrow School hosted a stunning new dance piece ‘Soma’ on Friday 4 March, led by eminent director and choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE. The performance, created during a week long residency in February, was the culmination of collaboration between the students of the school and internationally renowned contemporary dance company Random Dance.

7th March 2011

In a final celebration of the Customs House Find Your Talent programme, Jarrow School hosted a stunning new dance piece ‘Soma’ on Friday 4 March, led by eminent director and choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE. The performance, created during a week long residency in February, was the culmination of a collaboration between the students of the school and internationally renowned contemporary dance company Random Dance.

The Random Dance Creative Learning team create bespoke innovative and exciting projects with partners all over the UK and internationally including schools and community groups, and have particularly strong links with the North East.

However, it is Wayne’s personal involvement with this residency that made it truly unique.

Random Dance commenced work with Jarrow School and Find Your Talent in January to develop a project leading to this exciting new dance production, under the artistic direction of Wayne McGregor and his company of dancers, with the aim of developing an in-depth relationship with students from Jarrow School, broadening their skills in creative dance and choreography.

Their unique methods unlock individual creativity and encourage development and ownership of the work produced. The company have been in residence at the school to create this high quality dance performance where the students from Jarrow School performed alongside the professional dancers.

Find Your Talent was set up to find out what it would take to provide high quality cultural experience for all children and young people, regardless of age or ability. Unfortunately, it was brought to an end during 2010 as part of a larger package of spending cuts carried out by the Government.

Photographs courtsey of Paul Norris