ReFRESH is our film and dance strand for schools across the county. There are many ways to use media and movement collaboratively and this strand can go many path ways. Last June we launched ReFRESH as a dance competition which was aimed at primary and secondary schools across Herefordshire and was part of our Cultural Olympic project, hr1. Participating schools choreographed a 2- 3 minute dance based on one of the Olympic and Paralympic values and to a score chosen by the hr1 team. These were all independently filmed by schools in a location of their choice and sent to the hr1 team who shortlisted the entries based on creativity, quality of performance, entertainment value and how well the piece reflects the Olympic value. The winners and runners-up were chosen by a judging panel which included Wincey Willis from BBC Hereford and Worcester, Coach of Team GB's blind football squad Tony Larkin and Tom Rogers soloist from Birmingham Royal Ballet. The winning schools were John Masefield high school and Riverside Primary school.
This spring we are launching reFRESH an ‘In schools’ project where professional dance and film practitioners work with your pupils to create a dance film. They will learn the fundamentals of how to use a camera, film techniques, editing skills and how to create movement for the camera. All films will be screened locally and as part of other dance platforms. The project could as long or short as you require from a week’s residency to a 12 week term and you can use it in conjunction with other curricular subjects.