The Imagination Museum project has been really gearing up since we announced it earlier this year. The project had a busy and exciting few days recently when it brought its core cast members together with the new dance practitioners who will be involved in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Plymouth.

Imagination Museum dance engagement practitioners group shot - November 2018

This week they’re back together again and have been joined by new dancers from Hampshire too.

Imagination Museum - Imagination Museum dance engagement practitioners in rehearsal

Read on to find out more about core cast members Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths and Lucy Starkey, as well as Kaitlyn Howlett and Kane John Mills – the dancers who will support the project in Plymouth. There’s a fuller blog post on the Made by Katie Green site that covers all the Dance Engagement Practitioners from across the project here.

Sarah Blanc - Imagination Museum DancerSarah Blanc
Sarah is a performer and choreographer based in London. She is Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl, an all-female dance theatre company.

When she’s not shaking or movement making, you will find her presenting on Inside Dance TV (of which she is a co-founder) and Art streaming TV.

She is a Candoco Artist and is passionate about teaching. She is currently working with The People Pile, The Oasis Social Club and touring her first solo show It Started With Jason Donovan.

Megan Griffiths - Imagination Museum DancerMegan Griffiths
Megan graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2010. Since then she has performed and taught across the UK and Europe.

Most recently she has been performing in David Poutney’s William Tell staged originally for Welsh National Opera. She was Dance Captain and Rehearsal Director for this production which also took her to Poland and Switzerland.

She has also worked for the BBC television series Taboo where she was a featured dancer.

Lucy Starkey - Imagination Museum DancerLucy Starkey
Lucy hails from Lancashire and is a dancer, performance artist and physical theatre practitioner. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009 with a First Class BA Honours Degree. She delivers diverse work in a variety of contexts including opera, outdoor street arts festivals, theatres and eclectic site-specific venues.

Lucy has been a collaborator with Made by Katie Green since 2013. She has worked with a wide range of choreographers and directors in her freelance career and has performed with companies including Opera North, ENO and Moxie Brawl.

Kaitlyn Howlett - Imagination Museum DancerKaitlyn Howlett
Kaitlyn is originally from Weston-Super-Mare and is now a Dance and Taiko Artist based in Plymouth. After Completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing arts from Weston College Kaitlyn progressed to The University of Plymouth graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Dance Theatre (2017). Kaitlyn’s practice in dance lies within celebrating and discovering unique ways of moving – finding the edges of movement with a high focus on remaining fluid.

Kane John Mills - Imagination Museum DancerKane John Mills
Plymouth-based Kane John Mills is a dance, theatre and installation artist, facilitator, writer and a choreographer who graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) with a BPA (Hons) Degree in July 2017.

Kane thoroughly enjoys ‘switching hats’ for the various roles he finds himself in and has a real love for working as a dance practitioner. He believes the arts are for everyone and is a passionate advocate for inclusivity.

You can follow the project online on Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll finish off this update with some great new photographs of Sarah, Megan and Lucy taken by Owen Benson when the dancers recently met.

Imagination Museum Southampton3 - November 2018. Image by Owen Benson.

Imagination Museum Southampton1 - November 2018. Image by Owen Benson.

Imagination Museum Southampton5 - November 2018. Image by Owen Benson.

‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, Plymouth and Bassetlaw District Councils, and delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.