Two of Dancefest’s performance groups, DFA and Chance to Dance Company, come together to perform a stirring and poignant piece of dance theatre that highlights how the First World War fundamentally changed the roles of women.
The First World War brought about a quiet social revolution on the Home Front. Women were fighting the Great War on their own doorstep. Enduring loss, adversity and hardship, they discovered a new sense of purpose and dignity in comradeship, delicate-activism, unity and liberation.
Quiet Revolution started life as a free outdoor performance created by Dancefest's adult company, DFA, dancers from Rock Creative Chance to Dance, Dancefest Creatives and choreographer Marie Oldaker for Kidderminster Arts Festival in August 2014.
It was then performed with different community dancers at Bromsgrove Festival, to mark Artrix's 10th Anniversary and at Pershore Carnival.
"I can find joy in the sound of the rain; you have to find joy where you can...." Karine Polwart
Here's a snippet of one of the performances of Quiet Revolution in Bromsgrove on Saturday 25 April to give you a flavour of the day.
This performance was part of a special day in Bromsgrove as it celebrated St George's Day and Artrix’s 10th anniversary. Quiet Revolution in Bromsgrove was jointly commissioned by Bromsgrove District Council and KAF (Kidderminster Arts Festival). Artrix was a partner in the day’s event.
Here are extracts from the first performance of Quiet Revolution in Kidderminster as part of KAF's WW1 Centenary commemoration - filmed and edited by an audience member, Geoff Price.