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A beautiful programme of four short films, each exploring the nature of what it is to be human; the things that separate us and the connections that bring us all together. 

In Strings, dancers from Barrowland Ballet work with young people with a range of complex needs, discovering what it means to connect as humans and the joy those connections bring.

8 tender solitudes is a moving meditation on the human need for touch; what it means to touch and be touched, and what it feels like to have that physical connection taken away.

In Cuckoo, a dancer with a uniquely crafted wooden prosthetic leg explores our human relationship with time; time passing, time wasted, time to be cherished.

The final film, The Silent Child, is an oscar-winning depiction of the isolation and loneliness experienced by a profoundly deaf child, and the potential for joy when someone takes the time to truly understand and make connections that transcend her silent world.

Together, these films offer a rich insight into the meaning of difference and a deeper understanding of the things all human beings need, supporting work in Health & Wellbeing, Social Studies and Science, with links to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities.


Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Health and Wellbeing

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.

HWB 1-05a / HWB 2-05a 

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support. 

HWB 1-08a / HWB 2-08a 

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all. 

HWB 1-10a / HWB 2-10a 

Social Studies

I can contribute to a discussion of the difference between my needs and wants of those of others around me. 

SOC 1-16a 

I can explain why a group I have identified might experience inequality and can suggest ways in which this inequality might be addressed. 

SOC 2-16a 

I can explain how the needs of a group in my local community can be supported. 

SOC 2-16a 

I can gather and use information about forms of discrimination against people in societies and consider the impact this has on people’s lives. 

SOC 2-16b 


I have explored my senses and can discuss their reliability and limitations in responding to the environment. 

SCN 1-12b 

I have explored the structure and function of sensory organs to develop my understanding of body actions in response to outside conditions. 

SCN 2-12b

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Health and Wellbeing
Social Studies
  • Available to watch from Mon 9 May (9:00) – Fri 13 May (17:00)

A beautiful programme of four short films, each exploring the nature of what it is to be human for schools and delegates only. 

Cuckoo by Candoco Dance Company
4 min
This new visually striking and playful dance film is inspired by a bespoke prosthetic leg created by Sophie de Oliveira Barata of The Alternative Limb Project, for dancer Welly O’Brien. This unique limb is carved from cherry wood and features a working cuckoo clock and pendulum. The short choreography is a reflection on our changing experience of time passing, set to a poetic musical score by Jules Maxwell.

Strings by Barrowland Ballet
12 min
Strings explores the rich possibilities for connection, and creative expression through dance. Bringing together dance artists and young people with complex needs, the film celebrates children’s ability to take the lead and express themselves physically. The connections are sensitive and intimate giving children creative agency in the work.

8 Tender Solitudes by Fevered Sleep
12 min
This short dance film made during lockdown, evokes what we lost when we were no longer able to touch. It was created in collaboration with seven extraordinary dancers, each performing alone. Featuring a soaring score by composer Kate Whitley, it’s made from yearning and sensuality, anger and frustration, grief, memory and love. When we’ve lived like this for so long, can touch ever be the same?

The Silent Child by Slick Films
20 min
This powerful and poignant film centres around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl named Libby, who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence, until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

All films available to watch from Monday 9 May (9:00) – Friday 13 May (17:00)

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