OUR HISTORY

History timeline

 

Established in 1995, Anjali has empowered people with learning disabilities to establish themselves as dance artists in their own right. Our work has helped to change perceptions of the creative and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities in the UK and beyond.

Scroll down to see our journey throughout the years.

 

1995
1995

The Mill Arts Centre

Anjali Dance Company was founded by Nicole Thomson at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire

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1998
1998

Moving On Up

Moving On Up, a 3-year training and touring programme was launched

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1999
1999

Moving Ideas

Triple bill Moving Ideas toured

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2000
2000

Royal Festival Hall

Anjali was commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to create Prosperous Beach for Blazing Dance Festival. Anjali hosted a national debate about disability dance at the South Bank Centre.

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2001
2001

Through New Eyes

Through New Eyes, a new commission toured. They performed at the South Bank Centre in London, the first disabled dance company to perform at the venue before a paying audience.

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2003
2003

WYSIWYG

What You See is What You Get toured 17 venues. The piece was the finale of the European Year of the Disabled festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

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2004
2004

Learning programme

Funding secured for a 3-year accredited learning programme for dancers with learning disabilities, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University.

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2006
2006

Young Anjali

Young Anjali, our youth dance programme, was formed.

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2006-7
2006-7

Something Wild

Something Wild toured nationally in the UK, with international performances in Germany.

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2007
2007

Three Minute Wonder

Young Anjali appeared on Channel 4’s Three Minute Wonder in a specially commissioned film made in collaboration with Youth Dance England.

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2008
2008

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse commissioned a series of solos, Unexploded Stories, which then toured alongside other work.

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2009
2009

Summer Special Olympics

Anjali was invited to perform new work T4Two at Decibel Festival, Manchester. Anjali performed for 25,000 at the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Special Olympics.

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2010
2010

T4Two

T4Two toured alongside a curated selection of solos and duets.

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2011
2011

Resolution 2011

The company made Fruit for Thought for Resolution 2011 at The Place in London.

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2012
2012

2012 Paralympics

Anjali performed at the Flame Lighting Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics.

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2013
2013

Lea Anderson & Gary Clarke

R&D began with Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson for the Genius double bill tour; with the subsequent creation of Beethoven and Bloodsucker.

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2014
2014

Second Skin

Second Skin, a solo by Nick Mckerrow, from Unexploded Stories and The Reflection duet were performed at Motus Festival and Funky Llama

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2016
2016

WOW Festival

Anjali performed 3 works as part of WOW Festival 2016 at Southbank Centre, London.

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2018
2018

Unicorn & The Reflection

Unicorn, a solo by Lauren Payne and The Reflection duet were performed as part of Mind the Gap’s 10-year anniversary. Anjali participated at Spectra: FORGE’s as part of the inclusive programming panel and performed at FESTable.

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2017
2017

Arts and Disability seminar, Mexico City

The British Council invited Anjali to the Arts and Disability seminar in Mexico City, where the company was presented as an example of what had been achieved in disability arts in the UK. Hannah and Daisy performed a new duet The Reflection.

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2017 - 2019
2017 - 2019

Genius Tour

Genius toured the UK and internationally to critical acclaim.

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2019
2019

Online Resources Site

Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s Step Change programme funded Anjali to create an online resources site and develop its CPD offer.

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2020
2020

Arts Council Emergency Funding

Arts Council Emergency Funding was secured to develop Anjali’s digital offer.

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2021
2021

DaDance, Mexico / Surf the Wave UK

Anjali was awarded a British Council Unlimited Award to collaborate with Mexico-based DaDance, an inclusive dance company Anjali helped establish.

Anjali were invited to perform in the Surf the Wave UK Dance Showcase, alongside some of the country’s leading dance artists

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2022
2022

Transition to new leadership

Funding was secured for a transition and legacy project, preparing the company for transition to new leadership whilst celebrating the legacy of Nicole’s tenure.

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2023
2023

New Board appointed

We recruited 7 new Trustees as part of our refreshed leadership team.

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2023
2023

Company relocation to the Midlands

We moved to our new home in the Midlands as Company in Residence at Deda Dance.

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