I Welcome the Hurdles

Our Gateshead Young Writers programme aims to introduce young people from all backgrounds to creative writing, and we were interested in collaborating with other arts organisations to see how different forms might work together. So we were delighted when the opportunity came along to partner with the fabulous Gateway Studio!

Gateway selected eight of their talented young dancers, who worked with spoken word poet Tahmina Ali and dancer Carlos J Martínez over a series of ten sessions on Zoom. Beginning with some writing exercises, the young people began to explore the relationship between words and movement and discussed their experience of lockdown, which through peer editing developed into their collaborative piece I Welcome The Hurdles.

With thanks to the Kavli Trust for their generous support of this programme.

Read more about the project