In conjunction with artists from Green Shoes Arts, five schools (Beam County Primary School, Dagenham Park Church of England School, Eastbury Comprehensive School, Northbury Primary School, and The St Teresa Catholic Primary School) worked hard to devise performances for the Festival, which were seen 10 & 11 June at Dagenham Park Church of England School. We’d like to thank all our artists and participants for an amazing run!
From an email from Councillor Evelyn Carpenter on witnessing a devising session at Beam County Primary School: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the dance performance, the amazing athletic ability of the students, their enthusiasm for the different dance genres since the 1960s, and the musicality of their performance. I very much look forward to seeing this dance performance again at the event on 11 June at Dagenham Park School. It was inspirational to see Merlin in action. There was a calm, focussed atmosphere in the classroom and all the pupils were engaged and enthralled by the tasks Merlin set them. Very quickly the pupils got to grips with Keith Harring’s artistic style and made it their own. When talking with the pupils, I found them thoughtful, articulate and loving what they were doing. The pupils used the word ‘inspirational’ about Merlin and said that she had taught them new skills and increased their appreciation of art’.