Young people in dance film about mental health

Published: 21 May 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative and Beaford have commissioned a dance film about the importance of space and time off for mental health from choreographer Joshua Nash, which will be shot between London and Devon's Woolacombe Beach. It will feature young people local to the area, and has been rehearsed over Zoom.

Burnout uses krumping to express frustrations and highlight the importance of open space for mental health and young people's wellbeing. According to Nash, "krump is an art form which is still quite new within the hip-hop dance world, so having the opportunity to share it with young people who live in Devon and might not have done anything like this before has been special. The film will be a real celebration of people coming back together, difference and how we can all start to look ahead after a difficult year.”

Students from Unlimited Dance Company in Barnstaple will perform on Woolacombe Beach on Sunday 6 June, joined by professional dancers recording their parts in London.

The final film will be released to the public on 7 July on social media.