Close To Home: The Mass Dance Event

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Hundreds of dancers came together for a spectacular performance exploring ideas of 'home'.

We took over the grounds of Sedgehill Academy in Bellingham for two days of performances, telling real-life stories of migration, community, activism, history and the people of Lewisham.

In a piece directed by Alleyne Dance, local community groups including Lewisham Mencap, primary and secondary school pupils, university students from IRIE! dance theatre and Trinity Laban, and individuals were joined by a cohort of professional dancers and the Wuntanara drummers for a truly inclusive and joyous exploration of what home and belonging mean to the residents of Lewisham.



Volunteer Performers


audience members

"This was a moving performance, and I will be talking about it for some time. A beautiful event and day that fulfilled my soul."
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Oral Histories

As part of this project, we interviewed participants about their understanding of home, belonging, and living in Lewisham's vibrant community.

This resulted in a 20 minute documentary and three audio interviews, which will be held in Goldsmiths, University of London's In Living Memory archive.

Watch the documentary