Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Andrew Liddle
Features Writer
5:05 AM 2nd September 2020

Goggle Vox In Scarborough

The Hill family
The Hill family
#goggledance Scarborough: What is it? On Friday 4th of September all will be revealed and it promises to be of great interest to anybody who takes an interest in the art of dance and would like to try it.

Alethia Antonia
Alethia Antonia
It’s a series of five short films showcasing Scarborough residents’ dance moves and it will be available to view from next week. The films have been made by the town’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in a co-production with a leading dance-theatre company, VOXED.

The films, uplifting, inspiring and occasionally hilarious, feature ordinary people from around the town watching, commenting on, and joining in with professional dancer Alethia Antonia, performing outside their houses, experimenting with different styles, sharing her passion for movement and improvisation.

The project was developed by choreographer, director and founder of Voxed, Wayne Parsons, who says: ‘We spent a brilliant day filming with local residents in Eastfield and other areas of Scarborough. Everyone involved really got into the spirit of it.’

The Flintoff family
The Flintoff family
Wayne graduated from London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a performance career that spanned 13 years, working for some of the world’s leading dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company and National Dance Company of Wales. He has worked as a choreographer at some of the UK’s leading theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Hampstead Theatre.

VOXED’s declared aim is to create work with a strong narrative element and to bring people together through the shared experience of dance. ‘Whether it be through indoor or outdoor work or participation projects, VOXED aims to reflect the world we live in and the stories we share,’ says Wayne.

The SJT’s Creative Producer, Amy Fisher added: ‘This was our first live performance since March and it was brilliant to see families enjoying it together and joining in. It felt really special to be able to perform it on their home turf - or pavement - as a way of engaging with the local community.’

The films have been made by James Williams, and are narrated by self-proclaimed ‘Irish loudmouth’, Sarah Blanc, whose show My Feminist Boner was a great success at the SJT earlier this year.

The films will be released at 5pm each Friday, for five weeks from 4 September on the VOXED and SJT Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts.