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ILLUME is an inclusive contemporary performance group, for adults, who seek opportunities to perform.
We believe in the transformative power and impact of dance. Age is a positive attribute: we draw on our collective life experience to enhance our work.
Under the artistic guidance of John Darvell, our self-governing group strive, push and challenge each other to create and perform work of excellence.
Formed in 2010, we have gained a reputation across the South East for delivering high quality dance performances, influenced by the work of NOCTURN but with our own style, while still celebrating our diverse nature.
'The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me'
Choreographed by John Darvell and dancers
'Punches, Rounds & Rings', specially commissioned piece, by John Chambers
Kirsty Harrison-Smith; Cassie Corbitt; Gail Borrows; Katie Gow; Kelly Jarrett; Kim Seth; Lauren Durrell; Nicole Rich; Simon Rich; Emmajane Kingham-Johnston; Rachel Osborne
'Says on the tin!'
A celebration about all the good things that come from being involved in dance at a later stage of life. It’s about the stories of the dancers themselves, those unfounded fears they had before walking into the class, and the fun they’ve had since. We want this piece to be about welcoming in new people and saying to them ‘it’s ok to try something new’.
This piece was created for and by our adult recreational dancers performance group ILLUME, showcased at 'Lift Off' dance platform at South Hill Park and 'Homegrown 2' Corn Exchange in 2014.
Known for producing work with impact, we achieve this by working together to unlock our hidden artistic depths.
As a member of ILLUME you will draw upon your rich life experience to create challenging dance.
Our creative talents are channelled, challenged and nurtured under the expertise of John as choreographer.
We are inclusive
We open our doors to all who embrace the opportunity to create, test themselves and have a desire to perform, no matter what previous dance experience or age.
Inspiring, energising and supporting each other are key to how we work together.
We love to perform
Yes we all have daytime jobs, most of which aren’t in the Arts.
ILLUME gives us the chance to seek out a wonderful array of varied performance opportunities. Past performances include Party in the Park, Woking; Lift Off, South Hill Park to name a few.
ILLUME members commit to:
full participation (heart and mind) in the choreographic process
attending all rehearsals, technical runs and performances
a ‘have-a-go’ attitude
a desire to perform
supporting each other
advocating the work of ILLUME and NOCTURN
We promise to be a:
friendly and fun classes and workshops
place for lots of laughter
refreshing and different experience
Up coming performances
Saturday 17 February 'Earth Sea and Sky' | A440 Choir at The Whitty Theatre,
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February 'Earth Sea and Sky' | A440 Choir at Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Saturday 28 April 'Lift Off' | South Hill Park, Bracknell
Come join us
The groups meet up once a week, term time, at either South Hill Park, Bracknell on Thursday evenings from 8.30 – 9.30pm. Open to anyone aged 18+.
Or at the Learning Centre, Corn Exchange, Newbury on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm.
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.