220 young people from across the West Midlands.
220 young people from across the West Midlands have been participating in Godiva Awakes since 2010. Their participation was encapsulated in the Book of Intent, which was presented by the young people to Godiva on the night she awoke and it is delivering this book to London and the world that is the purpose of her journey.
The young people, from performance groups region-wide, are referred to as the Communitas which is taken from the Latin noun referring to the intense community spirit, the feeling of great social equality, solidarity and togetherness. Between now and July 2012 the groups will work in their own areas to explore the themes of the project through theatre, carnival and dance. The groups came together at regular intervals to share their findings and work toward the Godiva’s awakening in July 2012.
Between January 2011 and April 2011 the Communitas explored the themes of equality, fairness and social justice within their own community / area within the region. They looked at individual actions and responsibility in relationship to this. In April 2011 the groups presented short performances covering local issues as varied as accents and assumptions to people and identities to industry and historical events presenting the positives and negatives of each and exploring how they could create change in their local areas.
In July 2011 the Communitas participated in the Godiva Carnival 2011. Their section was designed by internationally acclaimed award winning Carnival designer Brian McFarlane from Trinidad and will set the context for the groups to begin developing international links.
Each group has partnerned an international youth group and begun a dialogue via the internet exploring the same themes of equality, fairness and social justice. Coventry will partner a community from Brazil as host country for the 2016 Olympics.
Meet the Groups
The performance groups are representative of the West Midlands with groups involved from across the region: Stoke-on-Trent; Shropshire; Herefordshire and Worcestershire; the Black Country; Rugby; Warwickshire; Birmingham (2 groups); and Coventry. Between now and July 2012 the groups will work collectively in and in their own areas to explore the themes of equality, fairness and social justice in their community and in communities worldwide through theatre, carnival and dance.
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