Destinies - the evolving co-creation performance project made with looked after young people, young unaccompanied asylum seekers and professional artists - has won a Children and Young People Now Award in the Arts and Culture Category. This project is co-produced with Sinfonia Viva and Ava Hunt Theatre, and won the award alongside a related theatre project 'Journeys of Destiny' produced by Ava Hunt Theatre.
Destinies developed through our partnerships with Derbyshire Council Council and Derbyshire Virtual School to explore how an orchestral dimension could enhance their work with vulnerable young people. Workshops began by utilising the creative activity of theatre writing and acting, visual art, and song-writing.
Since lockdown struck in 2020, the creative process has continued online, with the company of unaccompanied asylum seekers and looked after children working with Ava Hunt Theatre to develop the script and animations for their piece, and with further song-writing and development of the under-score with the Sinfonia Viva team. Their work was adapted into a filmed montage – a work in progress, including animation, songs, music, and the young people’s commentary about the process of working through COVID-19 restrictions – showcased in October, as part of the Care About Care? online festival.
A mini residency at Derby Studio Theatre in June will include a performance of the entire multi-media piece, hopefully as a live event with audience.
It just helped me a lot to inspire myself to be better than what I am, to be the best I am really, the best version of me.
We are thrilled that Destinies has won the Children and Young People Now Arts & Culture Award 2020. This is well deserved recognition of the creativity and flexibility of the young people, their Creative Mentors, the artistic team from Sinfonia Viva and Ava Hunt Theatre, and the partner organisations that have found a way to keep the project alive and moving forward through digital collaboration. This has been important especially for helping vulnerable young people deal with the added strain of separation and isolation during lockdown. I’m really looking forward to seeing them back together for a live performance in the summer, which should be something special after everything they have been through.
~ Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer at Orchestras Live