Maiden Voyage Dance are able to share with you the first of three short films that are a creative and expressive response to lockdown from our community participants connected to the BELFAST MOVEMENT CHOIR;  ‘HIDDEN BLOOMS’ taken from recorded footage from the first three weeks of our remote sessions. These sessions were facilitated by dance artist Eileen McClory and coordinated by Company Manager Sandy Cuthbert. The artist/facilitator in this work wished to demonstrate the positive creative process, transformation of the natural world through the season of spring, a new beginning, new life. Connecting to the gift of the wonderful weather we were having during the early weeks of lockdown! Music composed by Katie Richardson and footage edited by Vasiliki Stasinaki.


Maiden Voyage are pleased with the development of this project that began in October 19, made possible through the generous support of Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Explore and Test’ Grant. The current sessions have been suspended due to the Covid-19 lockdown. We began remote sessions online with our adult members on a Monday morning and Wednesday evening. These sessions ran through May and June delivered by our wonderful dance artist/facilitators, Eileen McClory, Aisling McCormick and Anna Treanor. It is a great way to stay connected and further develop our creative movement together through zoom format.

The Belfast Movement Choir created from four  groups in areas of inner city Belfast, north, south, east and west. It is an all female intergenerational project.

The Belfast Movement Choir is bringing different communities together to share positive social, educational and health benefits for participants and audiences; engaging in community dance, entering a dialogue, discovering ‘arts with a social purpose’. This approach has been chosen so we can learn and develop a greater understanding of self, the group and its place within the wider community.

If you want any further information on the sessions contact Sandy on