IRIE! Dance Theatre
Both a community hub, and an accredited educational establishment, IRIE! Dance Theatre is Britain's leading dance theatre company working in the field of African and Caribbean dance fusion. Established in 1985, their mission statement is as follows:
To deliver and sustain a range of creative, educational and artistic activity based on stimuli derived from Africa and the Caribbean, the company promotes culture and diversity through training, outreach, performance and inspired partnerships.
Abela practitioners Oginga Osaze and Etienne Joseph are currently registered as a tutors for IRIE!, providing tutilage to young people (ages 5 upwards) as part of their Carib-bean Bugs After-school programme and at primary schools across the UK. Together with Etienne Joseph, Oginga also provides the soundtrack for degree programme students as part of their African and Caribbean Dance module. Continuing on an academic thread, Etienne Joseph is currently assiting with the establishment of IRIE's audio-visual archive and public reference library.
Apples & Snakes
Apples & Snakes is a leading name in the field of Performance Poetry in the UK, running approx 100 performance poetry events annually and a staggering 670 participatory educational workshops. Constance Bell is a member of Apples & Snakes' impressive team of poets, regularly delivers storytelling sessions (including craft workshops, percussion and movement work) to groups of young learners.
OKRA is an event designed to raise the profile and accessibility of African, Caribbbean and South American traditional culture with a particular focus on music. Abela facilitator Etienne Joseph is intimately involved with OKRA, co-producing their regular audio-visual events, and producing creative work for public performance.
TARU is a not for profit arts organisation delivering art educational projects aimed at increasing awareness of environmental issues for schools, local authorities, art organisations, community groups and festivals in and around the South East. There is a particular focus on enruing these programmes reach young people in deprived areas. Constance Bell is currently a Project Co-ordinator with TARU overseeing the youth music project at the Horn Park Community Centre.
Entelechy Arts is a participatory arts company based in South-East London. They work with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to produce high quality theatre, music, dance and video events and performances. Constance Bell and Etienne Joseph are currently engaged in storytelling and theatre work with one of their elder gouprs and have previously been engaged in programmes in autistic children at Downham Library and with the elderly at Deptford's Albany.