Deep within the confines of a local library a group of 8-9 year-old children had quietly taken over. They had made their way into the filling cabinets, crawled onto the bookshelves and rolled through the photocopier. Tiny video screens, TV monitors and video projectors revealed a collection of whispered poems and miniature dances.
“When driving around Barking Dagenham I was drawn to find the children amongst the big roads and to work with them to hear their hopes dreams and to highlight each one in their own community. I wanted to make dancing, aural, portraits of each child. I ended up managing to do this with 180 children. A privilege and a challenge.”Rosemary Lee
Apart From The Road evoked a sense of transient urban schooldays whilst delicately capturing momentary portraits of each child.
First commissioned by East London Dance. An A13 Artscape and Year of the Artist project. Additional funding from Arts Council of England; London Boroughs of Barking, Hammersmith and Tower Hamlets; Paul Hamlyn Foundation; John Lyons Charity; Spitalfields Market Community Trust; Crying Out Loud.