Children's Theatre supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation - Shortlisted 2016
Rosie Heafford graduated in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and in 2011 established ‘Second Hand Dance’. Rosie’s work is often socially engaged, subtly participatory and designed to adapt to a variety of spaces, from theatres to libraries to intimate children’s shows and large-scale community events. For example, her collaboration with fellow artist Claire Reed in 2011 resulted in an original interpretation of ‘Humpty Dumpty’. A shared experience of dyslexia led to the interaction-led performance in a library where the audience moved through the space looking for words and letters, linking reading and moving. ‘Humpty Dumpty’ toured extensively, taking in libraries, outdoor festivals and theatres.
In 2014, a collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb explored the political through the personal with the intergenerational ‘Dad Dancing’. Co-produced by ‘Second Hand Dance’ with Battersea Arts Centre, the performance allowed the participants and the audience to consider the relationships between parent and child through the medium of dance and joy, which Rosie describes as the place ‘where dance is reclaimed from awkwardness into a gift’.
Rosie’s current project is titled ‘Grass’ and involves puppetry, film and movement to magical effect. A dance-show for children (aged 4+) explores the ground beneath our feet and its wriggling inhabitants, Performed on real grass the show is an inspired and gentle way to engage children with life around them. ‘Grass’ is produced in association with the Unicorn Theatre.