Lost & Found

Suitable for the whole family, Lost & Found features professional dancers, community musicians / singers, live rap, a liberty horse, community performers and a British Sign Language artist.

It is an outdoor show that takes us on an invigorating journey as its heroine overcomes barriers, with guidance from her 'guardian angels' including a live dancing horse!

Lost & Found Trailer

Next Steps

We are seeking partners in the next phase development of Lost & Found, so we can work with some of the top disabled and non-disabled urban dancers internationally and develop the choreographic content, design and overall production values of the piece.  This includes:

    • partners including promoters, commissioners and / or co-producers to take a mid to large-scale version to audiences and community cast participants across the UK 2017 - '19 
    • promoters to book a small-scale version (professional cast only) between June & September 2017

    Contact Artistic Director Helen Crocker if you are interested in partnering (helen@gdance.co.uk / 01452-550 431).

    Research & Development 

    Lost & Found is inspired by horse whispering and equine therapy (successfully used with veterans recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).  It explores the process of recovery, whether from illness, injury, trauma or just life's knocks and bumps!

    So far, we have:

    • learnt how to dance with a horse!
    • developed a strong narrative story, which draws audiences in
    • developed a powerful soundtrack, including a live rapper
    • played with different ways of using the set (cardboard boxes) which become aids and barriers; metaphors for a life of recovery
    • enjoyed the positive impact of involving trained and headhunted youth dancers as a community cast
    • shared our progress with Gloucester Carnival audiences

    What people think so far:

      • 'I watched families young and old watch this piece.....it needs encouraging in other carnivals' (Pax Nindi RSA, Global Carnival Centre) 
      • 'A live performance in a public park during the Gloucester Carnival isn't the easiest setting for a show of dance.  But GDance succeeded in holding a large crowd through a variety of background noise out of curiosity, then surprise, imagination and celebration' (Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester)

      R&D Collaborators, Cast & Production Team

        • Concept & Artistic Director: Helen Crocker
        • Assistant Director / Dramaturg: Nickie Wildin 
        • Choreographic workshop leader: Robert Hylton
        • Professional Dancers: Suzie Birchwood & Marie-Louise Flexen
        • Horse trainer & Horse: Melanie Fauske & Lante - Barehoof Performance
        • Rap Artist: Germane Marvel
        • British sign language artist: Sandra Barefoot
        • Production manager: Rosie Giarratana
        • Sound Engineer: Steven Skinley
        • Technician: Steve Allsop
        • Production Administrator: Holly Garnett
        • Community Cast Laiason: Ailsa Lane
        • Dance Leader: Tyler Attwood
        • Dance Support Workers: Esther Bateman, Holly Garnett, Bethany Kent

        2016 Community Cast:

        Thanks to the following youth dancers who've helped us develop initial community cast choreography: Cam Adams, Bryony Armstrong, Mia DeNiro, Nicholas Killin, Corey Longdon, Lauren Riley

        Thanks also to the 2016 community music performers: CCS Taiko Drummers

        Access Information:

          • The show lasts approximately 30 minutes
          • BSL sign-language interpreted
          • Audience area: grass/ concrete surface 
          • Mostly standing: limited seating options (straw bales)
          • Accessible toilets available
          • Telephone number / e-mail contact provided to discuss access need

          Supporters of R&D process:

          Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Big Lottery Awards for All, Comic Relief, Morrisons Foundation, Gloucestershire Disability Fund, The Roses Theatre, Marketing Gloucester, Linda Virgoe Academy, University of Gloucestershire, Peter Hewitt
                                           ..and many other volunteers who are supporting Lost & Found.