Following on from the successful delivery of Critical Mass 22, FABRIC committed to the project legacy through an extended ‘Soft Landing Programme’.
Through investment in sub-regional activity from November 2022 to March 2023, the aim was to empower and enable practitioners and organisations to embed Critical Mass learning by developing their own participatory activity within the West Midlands, and to inform the future legacy of Critical Mass.
In March 2023 FABRIC was commissioned by Birmingham Festival 23 and United by 2022 (the Commonwealth Legacy Charity) to produce and present a large-scale inclusive performance by the Critical Mass Dance Collective (CMDC) as part of, Birmingham Festival 23: The Official One-Year Anniversary Festival, in celebration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
ZoieLogic Dance Theatre was commissioned as the Artistic Director following Zoie Golding MBE’s successful position as Lead Artist in Critical Mass 22. This performance piece, Solara was created between April and July 2023. It was a 4-month-long inclusive dance participation project that brought together 80 young people from across the West Midlands, with and without disabilities. The young people participated and contributed to a series of dance classes and rehearsals. Solara was performed at EveryBody Dancing; FABRIC’s dedicated programme which took place on Sunday 30 July 2023 in Centenary Square as part of Birmingham Festival 23.
Solara was directed by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and co-created with Critical Mass Dance Collective; presented as part of Birmingham Festival 23. Commissioned by FABRIC, supported by Dance Leaders Group (DLG), and funded by United by 2022