ME Dance Company

Projects

Professional Projects

DanceFest Platform - Man in a Suit

Man in a Suit (2017)

This solo explores the struggle of a man in the rat race, who feels like he has no way out.

Tired of the same routine and feeling it’s time for a change; he is scared to find a new path in his life but thinks of what a different life would be like daily. With no friends apart from work colleagues, he struggles to understand his place in society and to live a fulfilling life – questioning whether he wants to continue to live.

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Mania (2019)

Mania is a piece of narrative contemporary dance theatre which explores taboo issues, such as domestic violence, mental illness and drug use.

It questions the preconceptions about relationships, as it plays with the boundaries between real and imaginary worlds.

Mania follows a couple who are struggling to deal with their day to day lives, they become isolated from their friends and family as their mental health worsens. As the wife loses her connection with reality, their relationship spirals out of control.

This is an engaging piece, in which you will real from moment to moment with the couple – enjoying moments of peace and clarity before their grip on reality slips and the ground falls from beneath them.

Praise for Mania:
“It’s a very energetic piece – full of angst”
“Empowered – it was truly awesome, felt the passion at every part!”

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Disconnect (2020)

Disconnect looks at the reality of being alone and in isolation.

Taking moments from the 1950’s to modern day society we see the struggles that individuals may have and how it may affect their mental health and their outlook on life.

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Distortion (2020)

Misplaced, dazed, and confused; Distortion tells the story of an escaped patient from a 1950’s asylum.

Connecting with Disconnect we follow this woman’s state of mind in unknown surroundings. Set within the forest of the Black Country we witness moments of anxiety and fear.

Consumed by the constant transitions in her day to day life she tries to discover her true identity and how she became adrift. Past events and misinformed information has driven her to hide and create multiple personalities so much so that she has forgotten who she used to be. Through hope, faith and determination she tries to recall the darkest moments of her past however, she wonders if they are her memories or those of the other characters she possesses.

As her thoughts become ever more tangled she searches to find a path in her mind that will lead her to safety.

Chain Stories (2020 - 2022) Work in Progress

This is a site specific, interactive visual and performance art work project taking place in the Bumblehole and Warrens Hall Nature Reserve in Netherton.

This area was known for its ironwork and chain making from approximately the mid-1400s to 1970s. The project will follow the lives of the people who interacted with the iron and chain made in the Black Country. It will follow the chains and who they came into contact with as they journey from the earth, to the forge, along the canals, across the sea to Africa, then the Caribbean and back across to the UK and the Black Country – it will show the region as the beating heart, pumping iron around the commonwealth and back to the region, and all the positive and negative aspects that went with it.

As a part of this project we are expanding our collaboration with Conceptions Dance Theatre Grenada and NOYAM/Ghanaian National Dance Ensemble.
As a part of this project we will be delivering pop up performances and workshops along the Canal from Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham to Netherton during June 2021.

Here is a link to the sharing of ‘Historical Ties: A Journey Like No Other’ performed at The Arena Theatre as part of Flexus Dance Collective’s Expedition 2020

Youth Projects

Underground project rehearsals

Underground (2019)

This was inspired by the Thai children who were trapped in a cave on a school trip.

It delves into what it must feel like to be in the dark, and trapped knowing there is no escape.

Voltage at Dancefest

Voltage - (2020)

Voltage looks at a girl in an unknown world trying to find her true identity

The action and reaction of people in society. How do we act and react to each other, and what effect does this have on those around us? feelings of tension, feelings of change that make us uncomfortable. Voltage is a dynamic high energy piece, which will leave you energised.

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Overload (2020)

Confined to lockdown and overloaded with school work

Overload finds individual females suffocating with their workload. Send home due to COVID-19, they try to manage their education. Confined to their homes, confined to their families, with no outside help or release through seeing friends. This film takes you on a journey to see the reality of their individual situation.

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Beauty. Fire. Power (2020)

Freedom to be who you are, take strength and courage. This piece is a celebration of being a female in society today. Although we find challenges along the way, we can look inside ourselves to find inner strength.

Meet the Dancers

Marcia EdwardsMarcia Edwards
Marcia Edwards
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Marcia is the founder and Artistic Director of ME Dance professional and youth companies. She graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and ver the last 20 years she has performed, taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally.
Fleur HallFleur Hall
Fleur Hall
Administrator/Company Dancer
Fleur is the Administrator of ME Dance Company, and she has been a company dancer for 2 years. Alongside training and performing with the company, she assists Marcia with the day to day running of the company.
Guiseppe Marcarelli
Company Dancer
Guiseppe trained at the University of Bedfordshire, he then completed a Masters at the University of Chichester. He is the original member of ME Dance, and has danced for the company since it began. He is also a lecturer at Kidderminster College.
Melissa Edgar
Company Dancer
Melissa attended the University of Wolverhampton, where she gained a BA Hons in Dance. She has performed and trained with the company for 2.5 years. She is a lecturer at Windsor Academy.
Sara MacQueen
Company Dancer
Sara trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, achieving a BA Hons in Dance. She has taught and performed across the midlands, and been dancing with ME Dance Company for 1 year.
Holly Gough
Company Dancer
Holly studied for her degree in dance at Edge Hill University. She has also recently gained her IDTA Teaching Qualification. She has been dancing and training with ME Dance for 2 years.
Abi Raybould
Company Dancer
Graduating from Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Abi joined ME Dance in 2018 and has trained with the company since then.
Claudia Thompson
Company Dancer
The newest member of ME Dance Company, Claudia's first show will be Historical Ties: A Journey Like No Other. After Graduating from Phil Winston's Theatre Works, she spent 6 years as a dancer and Dance Captain on Cruise Ships.

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