Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company

Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company

Michael Heatley contacted me as he wanted some documentary imagery of rehearsals for his production ‘Macho’.

The rehearsals took place at Dance City in Newcastle. 

This project was a fantastic opportunity as it allowed me to see how such a talented bunch of individuals could create something so compelling and inspiring.

 

Michael Heatley is the founder and Artistic Director of Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company which was awarded a grant from Arts Council England in 2016 to research and develop a professional Physical Theatre piece which challenges the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

Following the success of its premiere of ‘Macho’ in 2016 and more recently its 2018 regional tour of the North East supported by Arts Council England, the company is now planning its National and International tours.

Michael is currently embarking on the next part of his creative trilogy in ‘Suitcases’ in which he will be collaborating with international Artist Jon Crispin from Massachusetts USA, Supported by Arts Council England.

Michael Heatley is also a Choreographer/Dance Facilitator based in the North East, with over 15 years of teaching experience. Working with all age groups from children to adults, beginners to professionals, Michael aims to develop physicality, creativity, confidence, and musicality.

 

Interview With Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre Company Founder Michael Heatley:

Can You Tell Me About Your Company?

Hit The Ground Running is an innovative dance theatre company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, creating dynamic thought-provoking performances and participation programmes. 

Established in 2015, Hit The Ground Running inspires people with dance and physical theatre performances that challenge and question the perceptions and notions of wellbeing in the modern age.

We share real-life stories and explore people’s journeys through live theatre dance performances.

What Makes Your Company Different to Other Dance/Theatre Companies?

The company celebrates a collaborative approach to devising theatre, working with local communities and individuals who inspire the development of thought-provoking performances for a wide variety of audiences both young and old.

What Is the Production Macho About?

Macho is the first part of our trilogy of works that focusses on the issues and stigmas surrounding mental health, specifically in the North East, which has the highest rate of male suicide cases due to mental illness.

Staged with all-male casts, Macho is sculpted around real men’s stories. You can expect a physical theatre journey into 21st-century masculinity and the stigma surrounding men’s vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.

Why Did You Contact Centre Stage?

I was eager to collaborate with Centre Stage from the outset as I knew Paul had a lot of experience in shooting dance, I also wanted someone who would capture the rawness of rehearsals in the studio due to the subject matter.

How Did You Find Working With Paul?

I was extremely pleased with what Paul captured and his style in presenting the images. Hence my reason for his continuous involvement in the Macho journey.

I’d highly recommend Paul for a shoot. He has an excellent manner when he is working and makes everyone involved feel at ease and comfortable in a professional environment.

Could You Describe Paul’s Style?

Natural, crisp, and stylish.

Would You Work With Paul Again?

Without a doubt!

 

I want to a say a huge thank you to Michael and his performers Jackson Watson, Jordan McGowan, Jon Mewitt, and Charlie Dunne for letting me into their artistic world.

 

To find out more about Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company visit their Facebook page.

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Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company

Michael Heatley contacted me as he wanted some documentary imagery of rehearsals for his production ‘Macho’.

The rehearsals took place at Dance City in Newcastle. 

This project was a fantastic opportunity as it allowed me to see how such a talented bunch of individuals could create something so compelling and inspiring.

 

Michael Heatley is the founder and Artistic Director of Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company which was awarded a grant from Arts Council England in 2016 to research and develop a professional Physical Theatre piece which challenges the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

Following the success of its premiere of ‘Macho’ in 2016 and more recently its 2018 regional tour of the North East supported by Arts Council England, the company is now planning its National and International tours.

Michael is currently embarking on the next part of his creative trilogy in ‘Suitcases’ in which he will be collaborating with international Artist Jon Crispin from Massachusetts USA, Supported by Arts Council England.

Michael Heatley is also a Choreographer/Dance Facilitator based in the North East, with over 15 years of teaching experience. Working with all age groups from children to adults, beginners to professionals, Michael aims to develop physicality, creativity, confidence, and musicality.

 

Interview With Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre Company Founder Michael Heatley:

Can You Tell Me About Your Company?

Hit The Ground Running is an innovative dance theatre company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, creating dynamic thought-provoking performances and participation programmes. 

Established in 2015, Hit The Ground Running inspires people with dance and physical theatre performances that challenge and question the perceptions and notions of wellbeing in the modern age.

We share real-life stories and explore people’s journeys through live theatre dance performances.

What Makes Your Company Different to Other Dance/Theatre Companies?

The company celebrates a collaborative approach to devising theatre, working with local communities and individuals who inspire the development of thought-provoking performances for a wide variety of audiences both young and old.

What Is the Production Macho About?

Macho is the first part of our trilogy of works that focusses on the issues and stigmas surrounding mental health, specifically in the North East, which has the highest rate of male suicide cases due to mental illness.

Staged with all-male casts, Macho is sculpted around real men’s stories. You can expect a physical theatre journey into 21st-century masculinity and the stigma surrounding men’s vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.

Why Did You Contact Centre Stage?

I was eager to collaborate with Centre Stage from the outset as I knew Paul had a lot of experience in shooting dance, I also wanted someone who would capture the rawness of rehearsals in the studio due to the subject matter.

How Did You Find Working With Paul?

I was extremely pleased with what Paul captured and his style in presenting the images. Hence my reason for his continuous involvement in the Macho journey.

I’d highly recommend Paul for a shoot. He has an excellent manner when he is working and makes everyone involved feel at ease and comfortable in a professional environment.

Could You Describe Paul’s Style?

Natural, crisp, and stylish.

Would You Work With Paul Again?

Without a doubt!

 

I want to a say a huge thank you to Michael and his performers Jackson Watson, Jordan McGowan, Jon Mewitt, and Charlie Dunne for letting me into their artistic world.

 

To find out more about Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company visit their Facebook page.

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