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​Chantry Library launches local wildlife project to inspire dance film

Chantry Library is offering local families the chance to find out more about their local wildlife and help to create a dance film inspired by the wonderful world around us.

Moving Appearances is a new project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Ipswich Borough Council Area Committee and DanceEast and involving Suffolk Libraries and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

The aim is to create a dance film inspired by the beautiful Suffolk landscapes and the wildlife around us, whilst also raising local people’s awareness of the nature on our doorstep.

Chantry Library is inviting people along to sessions which will introduce the project and make people more aware of the wildlife and environment of local parks. Anyone is welcome to join in, with many of the sessions aimed at young families. The first events, facilitated by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, are as follows:

Wednesday 2 June, from 10am to 12pm - pond-dipping in Chantry Park. A chance to discover more about the bugs and beasties which live in the water.

Monday 21 June, from 3.30pm to 5pm – Bird Detectives at Stonelodge Park. This session will help to introduce people to the local birdlife.

On Thursdays from 24 June there will also be four weeks of special movement sessions in Stonelodge Park. These will run for pre-school children with parents and carers from 9.45am to 10.45am and for over 55s from 1pm to 2.30pm. The sessions involve creative movement and dance, along with games, warm-up sequences and practical tasks to stretch, energise and interact using a range of music, inspired by the local wildlife and environment.

The longer-term plan is for the people and families attending these sessions to help generate creative ideas for a dance piece which will be filmed in Chantry Park, then screened at Chantry Academy in September.

The project is being coordinated and delivered by Sam Moss, local Dance Artist, who initiated the project and has gathered the creative team for the resulting dance film. Having directed six story-based combined schools shows performed at Jerwood DanceHouse, Moving Appearances will extend the reach of her creative and choreographic work. Sam says:

“Wonderfully, there has been a positive response to the project at all levels, so far. So many of us appreciated the restorative peace of being in green spaces during lockdown. Moving Appearances is in recognition of this. And it’s great getting to know the library staff, they provide an incredibly positive community hub in Chantry. I’m looking forward to meeting people and working creatively together as the project develops.”

The sessions are free and to book your place please contact Chantry Library on 01473 927275. People are free to come along and enjoy the sessions, you don’t have to commit to taking part in the dance film.