SOME 1,000 students across the island watched a dance theatre production aimed at raising and focusing aspiration.
The ‘Destination’ project aims to motivate 13-18 year olds to maintain a sharp focus on their future plans in the hope that they are more likely to progress into successful education, employment or training.
It comes as youngsters in year nine (ages 13 and 14) are making their choices of GCSE options.
The project, sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and departments of Economic Development and Education, was delivered by Qdos Creates – one of Yorkshire’s leading providers of dance theatre.
The tour visited all secondary schools and there was also an evening performance at Kensington Road Youth Arts centre, in Douglas, which was open to the public.
Anjie Taylor, artistic director of Destination and chief executive of Qdos Creates said: ‘We really want to inspire and raise the aspirations of the island’s young people through Destination’s original music, song, new media and set design.
‘By using dance and drama we’re trying to show young people that it’s possible to overcome whatever life throws at you; that you can achieve whatever your goals and wherever you come from.
‘Everyone has a potential to succeed.’
The performance was set at a school reunion in 2030.
The Destination was a journey through time which followed the different lives of three best friends.
The twists and turns they face reflected the typical challenges and choices people encounter in their professional and personal lives.
It included a post-performance creative dance-theatre based workshop where pupils explored the different issues raised in the performance.
It was performed by a team of professional artists (including Australian dance artist and Rambert School of Ballet graduate Nicole Guy, Jason Boyle graduate of Northern Contemporary Dance and Louise Edwards graduate of Bretton Hall). They are taking the production to secondary schools, colleges and youth-led organisations across the British Isles.