As we reach the end of 2016 I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people who supported us this year. To everyone who came to our shows, to all the marvellous people who helped us and worked for us behind the scenes, to the Arts Council of England, and especially to the 70+ people who believed in us enough to give us financial support for our production of Scheherazade and 1001 Nights.
We couldn’t have done it without you!
With your support we’ve achieved some awesome things in just one year! You helped us to develop and produce a truly ambitious and challenging bellydance production which went on to sell out the Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells over two nights. And yet at the beginning of the year, we couldn’t even have imagined we would be showing it at Sadler’s Wells, let alone selling out!
We worked incredibly hard for several months developing Scheherazade – all the cast were involved in the choreographic process, we had three amazing costumiers who worked their socks off, a great theatrical director who helped make sense of the storyline and ensured our acting was as good as possible and, for Sadler’s Wells, we brought in a superb lighting designer.
We’re going on tour!
After the success of our launch we’re now speaking to theatres throughout the UK to take Scheherazade on tour. It will be our first ever tour of the UK and we’ve had lots of interest already from theatres all over the country. We’re also planning on taking Scheherazade to Spain in 2017 and to Portugal and Belgium in 2018.
And for those of you in London, we’ve got a wonderful treat for you in the New Year with our sparkling Joy of Bellydance show, featuring one of the bellydance world’s greatest stars.
None of this would have been possible without your help and we’ve got exciting and ambitious plans for the future that we’re looking forward to sharing with everyone next year.
Company of Dreams’ charitable work
In July I registered Company of Dreams (see blog post here) and together with my board of directors, we’re deep in the process of applying to the Charities Commission for us to become a charity, with what we believe are some really inspiring aims.
Our charitable work will include giving bellydance classes to women escaping domestic abuse, those recovering from eating disorders and women living with cancer and other major illnesses. We’re even looking at ways of working with people with major physical disabilities. We know how bellydance can change lives and we want to be a real force for good in the world.
So, as we look forward to 2017 and the continuation of our really exciting journey, we wish you all the very happiest of Christmas and New Year holidays and from us, a very, very big thank you!