Moving Souls Dance was set up in 2017 to combine the skills and experiences of the two Directors, Ginnie Wollaston and Nicholas Paton Philip.
Ginnie has worked with professional dance companies as a practitioner (Second Stride, Extemporary Dance Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company) and within the funding system as Dance Officer (Arts Council West Midlands) and Cultural Officer (Birmingham City Council). She is now working as an independent producer to offer professional support services to artists to facilitate a step change in their careers.
Nicholas has worked in the social care sector for 30 years, from adult mental health and mediation to residential setting with young people and latterly as a social worker for children in care. His experiences are grounded in therapeutic management and creative group work. Nicholas is now an ICF approved Life Coach offering one to one sessions.
We PRODUCE artists who want to extend their skills in directing, choreography, performance and present their work for touring. We work with promoters and programmers to find ways for audiences to engage with the artists and their work. We write funding applications and develop strategic vision for artists and their companies to support their direction of travel.
We PARTNER with arts organisations to co-create participatory projects with young people and communities, such as working with ACE Dance and music on the Carnival 50 project. We help to fundraise for these projects to find new spaces for dialogue with communities in non-traditional settings such as the Leeds Carnival and Birmingham Weekender Festival 2017. We will be back in Leeds and Birmingham for 2019 Festivals.
We provide PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL COACHING opportunities for artists to develop participatory and teaching skills and engage in meaningful dialogue with communities. Nicholas offers Life Coaching on a one on one situation and together we offer professional coaching to support development when working in new areas. We set up an artist in residence Artful Migration in Dumfries & Galloway, in partnership with WWT Caerlaverock and We are Upland.
The aim of the pilot artist in residence scheme was to focus on the whooper swan as one of the bird that migrate to the Solway Estuary and to investigate how climate change may be affecting the local environments both here and in Iceland.
We have the pleasure of working with two British Asian Dance Theatre artists, Shane Shambhu and Subhash Viman Gorania, who are based in the Midlands. They both are creating new and contemporary work informed by the classical art form of Bharatanatyam. They are developing their work in different ways, evolving unique choreographic and performance styles, creating new and innovative theatre, storytelling and dance. Moving Souls Dance has supported these artists, with successful Arts Council funding, to develop their work from studio sharing of work to regional and national touring, with critical acclaim from professional reviewers, programmers and audiences.