Sam Moss approached us early this year to talk about her new project Dance Under Suffolk Skies. Screen Suffolk manage filming on behalf of Ipswich Borough Council who were supporting the project.
Sam is an established dance artist, passionate about enabling people to enjoy moving, build skills, explore their creativity and increase their sense of wellbeing through participatory opportunities.
Sam used parks in Ipswich to rehearse dances during the summer of 2021. Dance Under Suffolk Skies is the culmination of Moving Appearances, a participatory arts project conceived in lockdown, then developed, produced and facilitated by independent Dance Artist, Sam Moss, as restrictions lifted. Sam mobilised schools and adult performance groups and her choreography embraces the creative ideas and movement input of the performers. Sam says:
‘This is my most extensive project yet, as such I have had much to learn and hurdles to overcome, which makes it all the more joyful and satisfying to have this wonderful film now. It celebrates our county and the amazing creativity and commitment of all the performers.’
The newly completed dance film will be shown at The Riverside, Woodbridge on Sunday 26 September at 2pm. Also, at Ipswich Film Theatre on Wednesdays 6 and 13 October at 6.30pm. All tickets are £4. There will be a special showing of Dance Under Suffolk Skies at Chantry Library on Thursday 7 October at 10.50am after the Wordplay session. This is free of charge and open to all, with the young families who were part of the project especially welcome.
The project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England by Ipswich Borough Council Area Committee, DanceEast and Suffolk Libraries.