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.
The Mill Arts Centre
Anjali Dance Company was founded by Nicole Thomson at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire
Moving On Up
Moving On Up, a 3-year training and touring programme was launched
Triple bill Moving Ideas toured
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.
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.
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.
Funding secured for a 3-year accredited learning programme for dancers with learning disabilities, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University.
Young Anjali, our youth dance programme, was formed.
Something Wild toured nationally in the UK, with international performances in Germany.
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.
Oxford Playhouse commissioned a series of solos, Unexploded Stories, which then toured alongside other work.
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.
T4Two toured alongside a curated selection of solos and duets.
The company made Fruit for Thought for Resolution 2011 at The Place in London.
Anjali performed at the Flame Lighting Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics.
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.
Second Skin, a solo by Nick Mckerrow, from Unexploded Stories and The Reflection duet were performed at Motus Festival and Funky Llama
Anjali performed 3 works as part of WOW Festival 2016 at Southbank Centre, London.
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.
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.
Genius toured the UK and internationally to critical acclaim.
Online Resources Site
Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s Step Change programme funded Anjali to create an online resources site and develop its CPD offer.
Arts Council Emergency Funding
Arts Council Emergency Funding was secured to develop Anjali’s digital offer.
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
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.
New Board appointed
We recruited 7 new Trustees as part of our refreshed leadership team.
Company relocation to the Midlands
We moved to our new home in the Midlands as Company in Residence at Deda Dance.