Young people in Hackney needed for a film project about dancing

Immediate Theatre are looking for volunteers for a film project about dance

Immediate Theatre are looking for volunteers for a film project about dance - Credit: Archant

A theatre company is looking for young people to get involved with a film project about dancing.

Immediate Theatre in Tyssen Street, Dalston is searching for youths aged between 12 and 19 years of age for the Don’t Stop the Music project exploring the different types of dancing parents, grandparents and community elders participated in from the 1950s onwards.

Young people will work towards making films which document how their elders engaged with music and dance as teenagers and explore the differences in how different cultures and generations engage socially and culturally with music and dance in the UK.

For example, people from a Guyanese-Caribbean heritage in the 1950s may have attended bring a bottle house parties, extempore calypso contests, blues dances, sound system toasting clashes, dance halls, lockdowns and independence dances.

Completed films will be screened at Hackney Picturehouse in Mare Street, Hackney and DVDs will be distributed to schools and community organisations, to encourage other groups to share experiences with their families and the community.

The Hackney Archives in Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square will store memorabilia as well as training the young people to use the Archives for researching.

To get involved, attend a weekly group which meet at Lea View House Community Hall in Jessam Avenue, Clapton on Friday evenings from 5.30pm.