Exploring movement and shared spaces in the Covid-19 world
2020 - 2021
Created in partnership with Rees Leisure. Supported by Arts Council England and GO! Southampton
On Saturday 29 August 2020, we brought The Grid Experience, a brand new Covid Secure participation event to Southampton Guildhall, and invited friends of all ages and abilities to take part.
Through a handful of online rehearsals 64 participants learnt energy building choreography in the comfort of their own homes before magically bringing it all to life in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.
The eye catching environment and community enthusiasm created a lasting atmosphere for, not only everyone involved but for the Guildhall Square itself. This event challenged people’s perceptions of how dance can be presented by offering an opportunity for people to discover new ways of connecting and new people to connect to.
The space we exist in is now at the forefront of our minds and a new challenge we all face is learning how to share it again. To help us try to manage this challenge we created The Grid Experience to provide an opportunity to come together in a shared movement experience.
Our aims were to: Reconnect us with others and the spaces we inhabit, improve people’s health and wellbeing and build confidence in being able to share our personal space safely without physical boundaries.
"The experience created a real sense of community as we worked together through movement and interaction."
"It was so impressive how the choreography came together and how it all fitted together - it looks amazing!"
"Zoie made the experience fun. It was all clearly demonstrated and we were able to ask questions and Zoie would repeat something and give clear explanations."
95% of participants said they felt VERY safe during their time in The Grid
75% of participants said The Grid has challenged or changed their idea of what dance is and how it can be presented
The main highlight for participants was being able to safely perform as part of a community with such enthusiasm and team spirit.
Galleries and videos from our pilot event
See pictures from the pilot event in Guildhall Square, Southampton
Watch a few clips from the pilot event in Guildhall Square, Southampton
Watch BBC South Today's report on The Grid Experience