**** ”In a different league” Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express on Thomas Page Dances, 2019
About A Moment
'A Moment' is an intimate contemporary dance duet exploring what is was to be gay in the 1980s, created in response to Bren Gosling’s play 'Moment of Grace'.
“I used to be interested in clothes, clubs and buying records. And men. Now my life…what life? It’s all clinics and crematoriums.” – Quote from 'Moment of Grace'
Moving through the themes of paranoia, intimacy and oppression two performers explore the emotional experience of what is was to be gay during the 1980s before the iconic Princess Diana handshake. Using the universal language of contemporary dance, 'A Moment', viscerally connects with its audiences allowing them to relate to such a specific event on a human level.
A vital part of Thomas Page Dances’ process is the dialogue with audiences, therefore following every performance we will invite the audience to stay for a post-show discussion. This will include the two choreographers/performers and guest panel members. Previous panel members have included Bren Gosling (Playwright of 'Moment of Grace') and Paul Coleman (BAFTA Nominated Director of AIDS Since The 80s).
Choreographers and Performers: Llewelyn Lewis and Thomas Page.
Dramaturg: Bren Gosling
Lighting Designer: Rachel Luff
Photography: Jazzula Donoghue Photography
Why Are We Fundraising?
In 2018, playwright Bren Gosling invited choreographer Thomas Page to create a choreographic response to his latest work 'Moment of Grace,' a thought provoking play about the iconic Princess Diana handshake and the forgotten story of Shane Snape who publicly 'came out' about his status during the media coverage of Diana's visit.
Thomas then collaborated with dance artist Llewelyn Lewis to create the first version of the duet 'A Moment' which premiered alongside the play at the Bloomsbury Festival. After its initial success, we secured a run at the Offbeat Festival 2019 and, as Supported Artists of the festival, presented a developed version of the duet for three nights in Oxford. Following the success of Offbeat we have been fortunate to secure further performance dates for a 2020 Tour and would like to use this as an opportunity to research and develop the work further.
As a young company there are many financial challenges of touring a dance work and your support would go a long way to helping us continue to develop this moving work and to reach new audiences. If our target is met, our funds will contribute towards the hiring of rehearsal space, delivery of workshops, development of costume materials and the hiring of a composer to bring into the creative process.
What effect will the piece have?
“An incredible piece giving a platform to allow for conversation. Truly mesmerising and awakening.” – Audience Member, Offbeat 2019, Oxford
This work addresses topics and events that are largely forgotten and a untold part of recent LGBTQ+ history, which deserve to be brought to a wider and current generation. We believe this work creates a platform for important discussions to be had and acts as a gateway for people to join the wider conversations about HIV and AIDS. It will also help to direct people to other fantastic organisation such as The Terrence Higgins Trust and The National HIV Story Trust, who are both doing excellent work towards needing the stigma around HIV/AIDS.
"The National HIV Story Trust is recording and preserving stories told by people who have been touched by HIV/AIDS Since the1980s. We seek also to re-imagine those experiences through the ARTS and are proud to associate with the dynamic Thomas Page Dance Company." - Paul Coleman, National HIV Story Trust.
About Thomas Page Dances
Since our creation in 2016, Thomas Page Dances focuses on exploring socio-political ideas in movement to push the boundaries of contemporary art and encourage a positive change in the world. As an emerging company we need support from a range of places including grants, performance fees, in-kind support and donations from generous supporters such as yourself!
About Our Partners
We would like to thank our partners for all their support of the project so far: Arts at The Old Fire Station, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Plush Lounge, Offbeat Festival, Bloomsbury Festival, Studio Wayne McGregor, Trinity Laban Alumni Network and The National HIV Story Trust.