Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s speech ‘I have a dream’, (celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013), DREAM NATION invited people from all walks of life to take part in a brand new multi-platform arts project. They envisioned and celebrated local, contemporary society from a wholly multi-racial perspective.
During the project, 600 people living in areas fast changing in their racial make-up, creatively articulated their views of contemporary British identity. In King’s words, the aim of DREAM NATION was to bring people ‘to come together and sing with new meaning’, exploring how King faced the issues he spoke of in 1963, and examining how we’re challenged by them today.
We invited communities across South West England to write haikus inspired by Dr King’s vision for change. These were displayed on a specially commissioned, travelling installation created by stage designer Colin Falconer. This was unveiled in November 2013 at Guest Projects in London, before touring across South West England.
We also wanted to find another way for participants to share and enjoy their own and others’ creations, so we’ve brought all the work together in our first publication – the Dream Nation e-Book! It’s a chance for the participants to see their work in print, and to share it with friends, family and fans. Check out the Dream Nation e-Book here. Use the buttons on the interactive map and at the base of each page to move from group to group and see what the participants wrote!
DREAM NATION incorporated the launch of Tangle Company, our resident ensemble of sixteen actor-singers drawn from the best of the UK’s African and Caribbean theatre talent, and the inaugural performances of two specially commissioned poetic works by African and Caribbean writers, in response to Dr King’s speech.
The writers were Patricia Cumper MBE, Alia Bano, Inua Ellams, , Rex Obano, Chino Odimba, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Christopher Rodriguez, Tawona Sithole, Paula B Stanic, Pauline Walker and Andrew Whaley .
DREAM NATION toured South West England during 2014, in collaboration with South West England’s Partnership for Multi Racial Theatre, a consortium of 20 arts organisations in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.
DREAM NATION is supported using public funding from Arts Council, England. It is produced by Tangle, and launched at Guest Projects (www.guestprojects.com) by personal invitation of Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA).
Check out the Dream Nation e-Book here. Use the buttons on the interactive map and at the base of each page to move from group to group and see what the participants wrote!
HampshireShow: Dream Nation Performance date: 3rd February 2014 Performance Time: 7pm Exhibition Dates: 3 – 10 February 2014 Exhibition Times: 10 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri | 10am – 1 pm Sat Venue: Proteus Creation Space Price: Free To book: No booking required Website: http://www.proteustheatre.com/?page=Exhibitions
Devon Dates and DetailsShow: Dream Nation Performance date: 26th February 2014 Exhibition Dates: 26 Feb – 3 Mar (For Tiverton School Attendees only) Venue: Tiverton High School Price: Free To book: Only available to Tiverton High School Parents, children and teachers.
Somerset Dates and DetailsShow: Dream Nation Performance date: 4th April 2014 Performance Time: 6 pm Workshop Dates: 17 – 21 March (Various Locations) Exhibition Dates: TBC Exhibition Times: TBC Venue: Wellington Arts Centre Price: Free To book: http://www.takeart.org/ Website: http://www.takeart.org/projects/entry/dream-nation
WiltshireShow: Dream Nation Performance date: 30th April Performance Time: 7 PM Workshop Dates: 9 – 15 April (Various Locations) Exhibition Dates: TBC Exhibition Times: TBC Venue: Salisbury Arts Centre Price: FREE To book: http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk/ Website: http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk/
This workshop was so helpful! Nothing was bad, nothing sad. Thank you this helped loads! Xanine
Very inspiring, teaches you the changes we have all faced and made. Now and then how much happier the nations are. Jess
The workshop was good as it was very interactive and informative. Lewis
Great workshop and really well led. Good balance between delivering learning with fun. ColinPROTEUS THEATRE AND CREATION SPACE |HAMPSHIRE CELEBRATION EVENT 3rd February 2014
A beautiful opportunity to express our race memories in a contemporary paradigm, change will come every time people share and listen and act. Malcolm
Smile smile smile, don’t worry be happy! One love … in harmony! Freedom. Action and reaction more than words. Cool running. Still determination and dream. A journey one step at a time why walk it if you can run, why run if you can ride. The mother of invention. Pete Seeger – if I had a hammer I would hammer all day long. Turn turn turn. Ray HarveyCOURT FIELDS SCHOOL, WELLINGTON Year 10s Afternoon workshop session 19 March 2014
I enjoyed learning in a different way and all the practical work oh, and the song! I would change so everyone is equal and fair. Kayleigh
It was really fun I enjoyed all of it and it wasn’t all serious so that is good! If I could change one thing I would make everyone have equal wealth. KaneHAMP ACADEMY Year 4, 18 March 2014
I will remember Mish and his song that he is South African like me. And that Mish was an old granny in a game and I will remember Segun and he played granny with me. Lucy
I will take away and remember Mysh and his song and Segun. I will remember the games we played and the fun we had. Molly
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