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Innovation Award Winner Premieres New Work

Thu 2 December 2021

Alum Laura Engholm explores experiences of homelessness through ‘Stories of Belonging’

Danish dance artist and emerging choreographer Laura Engholm was a recipient of our TL Innovation Award in 2020 for her proposal to engage with those affected by homelessness and hidden homelessness through inclusive dance practice.

The TL Innovation Award is a unique competition for final-year undergraduates, offering winners a financial award and bespoke professional development support to establish themselves as artists within one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy.

Mentored by participatory dance artist and fellow alum Stella Howard, Laura used her Award to created dance company Engholm Danseteater, which places diversity and inclusion at the heart of its work.

The company is now set to premiere its first piece, Stories of Belonging, on 17 Dec 2021 at London’s October Gallery, in partnership with Arts and Homelessness International and St Mungo’s Recovery College.

The foundations of the project are in the creative writing from adults with lived experience of homelessness and not fitting in, who were invited to take part. Their stories appear in both direct and indirect ways as movement, music or words.

Choreographed by Laura, the final piece is a witty and thoughtful blend of contemporary dance, music, poetry and physical theatre, creating a living collage of stories about what it means to belong to a place, to a person, to a tribe, to yourself.

On the upcoming premiere, Laura comments –

“I am so proud and excited that this is finally a reality.”

To book your ticket, visit the event page.

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Image credit: Becca Hunt