By Spark Youth Dance Company Inc.
MAY 28 2017
“Deeds, not words was to be our permanent motto.” – Emmeline Pankhurst
Windows breaking. Glass shattering. Women chanting.
The Suffragette movement of the early 20th century is an event that often goes overlooked in world history. All over the world, women began to campaign for the right to vote and have a say in government – mothers, daughters, sisters and friends stood together in passionate solidarity, pushing for women to exist as more than just wives, mothers and beautiful objects.
In 2017 this story of feminism could not be more relevant as the world still faces gender inequalities across all countries and cultures.
We are therefore proud to announce that this year, the artists of Spark Youth Dance Company are creating a new full-length contemporary dance work called ‘Shatter’, based around the lives of the British Suffragettes, to be performed with a live orchestra at Frankston Arts Centre on the 5th and 6th of October 2017.
Our story follows Rosie and her best friend Ellen from 1908 to 1913 as they navigate their rapidly changing world full of passionate and rebellious women. Rosie’s mother has always been an advocate for women’s rights, but as Rosie grows older she realises that to keep a respectable appearance and have a husband and a family; she can never become a Suffragette. The events of the Suffragette movement unfold and Rosie is pulled into the movement, forcing her to make the biggest sacrifice of all.
We are excited to have already started the creative process for this new work and can’t wait to present it to you in October of this year. In anticipation of this new work we will be taking you behind the scenes of our rehearsals and choreographic processes across our blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook platforms, and will delve deep into the history of feminism and the Suffragettes.
We can’t wait to have you along for the journey.
If you would like to donate to our new production, please head to: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/spark-youth-dance-company-main-work/
Stay tuned for details of tickets – on sale soon.