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Project information

Moving in the Planets

GravityMotion brings together scientists, dancers and the public to explore gravity and momentum, their impact on the human body, and how they can be harnessed to allow us to move more efficiently and safely. We will be working in close collaboration with school and in estate in Brent.

March 2018 - August 2019

Charity information: IJAD

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  • Need


    We are tackling 3 problems 1st Obesity:
    Brent has a very young population - with a 53% of obesity ratio.
    A great deal of human movement is the result of the unconscious impact of gravity and momentum on the body. This impacts throughout our lives, from childhood to old age: it is therefore vital that we improve our understanding of unconscious movement and how gravity and momentum can used consciously to help us move better.
    Body confidence only 39% of girls in the UK had high body confidence


    We are planning daily 4 hours workshops on Estates for 2 weeks periods where we go to the estates to work on the premises with the young people. We are talking to the council, youth groups, and schools.
    The programme will be based on combining science, technology, movement and participation we can simultaneously advance our physicality while unlocking our creativity. Understand how the physics of gravity can be applied to their wellbeing
    Work with the concept of a centre point of gravity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create an installation or a performance at the end of two weeks: based on the centre of gravity.


    » With our strong multidisciplinary academic we explored precisely what gravity is, and how an understanding through movements, physical labs, videos

    What success will look like

    Dr Zoe Knowles will construct a rigorous and engaging evaluation process which involves collecting data, Body awareness , Self-reports of improved / changed mobility

    Aim 2

    Increase the numbers of participants during the two weeks residency. Of a margin of 3%.


    » Leading 2 weeks workshops on Estates
    » Leading up to 4 weeks workshops with youth groups.

    What success will look like

    Encourage the participants to share with their friends and family what they learned, and spread the word. As well as encouraging the schools, youth groups to promote our activity.

  • Impact


    Alternative methods of learning
    The participation feedback from a Gravity pilot project we ran at Manchester Science Festival 2017, demonstrated that there is a need to offer people different methods that encourage and support them to use and mobilise their bodies in healthy ways.
    By encouraging young people to consider their body in terms of its physiology, we hope to improve their awareness of the strength and opportunity afforded by their body.


    On the estate: We will have intruders that will disrupt our activities, our team will be of 4 people that are trained to deal with intruders, the police will be informed, in the past they used to join a part of our activity.
    Any sharp objects on the ground: we usually get to our spaces 30 minutes prior to our project to ensure all is in order.
    Bullying: We have no sympathy policy, we always explain our protocol with our participants, and ask them to add to ours, as we want to create a team.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report, as well as communicating through social media on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,450

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,700 leading workshops Holding 40 hours workshops on an Estate
      £5,000 meals for 40 kids 12.50 per participants
      £750 3 days evaluation evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lady neville £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are talking to different councillors to identify which estate: Stonebridge, or Dalgarno


    Our objective is to attract the 8 to the 15 year old.
    The activities will cater for their curiosities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IJAD is a non-profit dance company dedicated to involving people that are less likely to engage with arts, through multi-disciplinary performances, outreach programmes, & the development of digital technology for co-creation
    Since 2010, our ongoing aim- & what we most enjoy doing - is creating spaces where dancers, scientists, technologists and audiences can develop- together an improved understanding of scientific & technological concepts, & how these in turn positively impact upon their body.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrew Newsam: Professor Of Astronomy Education And Engagement At Liverpool John Moores University

    His role in our work is to ensure that we are translating through our pedagogy the astrophysics concepts used in our workshops.

    Ian Loram, Professor Of Neuromuscular Control Of Human Movement At Manchester Metropolitan University;

    His role is to ensure the quality and safety of our bio mechanical movements in our pedagogy. We test all our movements in his presence.

    Andy Race

    He is part of the team that research Movement and gravity motion, he will be leading the sessions with the company

    Johanna Merceron

    She is part of the team that research Movement and gravity motion, he will be leading the sessions with the company


This will feed a participant for two weeks while in the activity with us.

workshops each person will be paid £200 a day for the ten days work. And the some of 700 is for the prepartation of the workshops

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