Southampton based ZoieLogic Dance Theatre performs series of live dance theatre shows outside care homes

In one of the UK’s first live dance theatre productions to take place since lockdown, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre adapted its smash hit outdoor show RIDE for a series of performances for shielding communities in the Southampton area.

Dancers perform on top of a car

The RIDE: Covid Response Tour included nine shows at five care homes and two retirement communities to almost 300 people between 28 July and 5 August 2020.

Through these shows, the Southampton based dance theatre company used dance to provide an entertaining, positive and safe experience for residents and staff, to bring joy and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation created by Covid-19.

“I enjoyed every minute! I never thought in my old age I would see something like that. I cannot wait to tell my family about the show, it made my year!”

RIDE audience member and resident at Sunnybank House Care Home, Eastleigh

RIDE is a bold and exciting dance theatre show featuring a 1980s Ford Orion and three male dancers in an innovative take on a summer road trip. In this special version of the show, the spinning, tricking car and its acrobatic passengers could be seen from a distance, through windows and from balconies.

“Southampton is our hometown and for the past 20 years we’ve worked with local communities to bring dance into peoples lives in a wide range of settings. Our ethos has always been about creating access to dance for those who may not have had the chance before. We are aware of the major impact that isolation and loneliness has on peoples’ mental health, especially in times of Covid-19 and for those who have been shielding. This is our offering to help support our community in our collective time of need”

Zoie Golding, Artistic Director

Southampton based ZoieLogic Dance Theatre is the only dance theatre company in England solely committed to getting men and boys dancing with professional, community and education strands to its work.

Read the project summary here.

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