January 2024 • Vision RCL

Vision RCL is thrilled to announce, “One Planet, One Chance” Exhibition is now available for viewing at Redbridge Central Library.  The climate action artworks were created for Tate Modern in July 2023 for One Planet One Chance, a pan disability event for adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and older adults.

“One Planet, One Chance” is an initiative that strives to break down barriers, promote accessibility, and showcase the incredible talents of individuals with diverse abilities. Vision RCL is committed to creating an environment where everyone can engage with and enjoy the arts, and this exhibition exemplifies our dedication to inclusivity.

On Thursday 25 January Uniting Friends celebrated the achievements of artists who contributed to the One Planet One Chance exhibition, with a ‘Meet The Artists’ event. Uniting Friends CEO Russell Lerner introduced the artists, who talked about their work which is currently on display in the Redbridge Central Library foyer​.

One Planet, Once Chance Exhibition details:

Date: Available to view until Wednesday 14 February
Time: Opening during usual opening hours
Venue: Redbridge Central Library Foyer, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA
Admission to the event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Take a look at the artwork which is currently on display at Redbridge Central Library

Art has the power to unite and transcend boundaries. “One Planet, One Chance” is an invitation to the entire community to come together, celebrate diversity, and embrace the richness that individuals with disabilities bring to the cultural landscape. Vision is honoured to showcase this wonderful collection on behalf of the talented local artists.

Find out more about the work and activities of Uniting Friends here

About Tate Modern:

Tate Modern is one of the world’s leading contemporary art museums, dedicated to showcasing and celebrating modern and contemporary art. With a commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, Tate Modern strives to create an environment where art can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.

Join Ballet Theatre UK as we follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz in this two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet. 

About Ballet Theatre UK: A Decade of Inspiring Performances and a Vision for the Future

The inception of Ballet Theatre UK was driven by a noble vision – to create a platform where gifted young dancers could showcase their talent in the highest quality of ballet performances across provincial theatres throughout the UK. This initiative aimed to make the classical art form accessible to audiences who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience live ballet.

Over the years, the Company has grown exponentially, now engaging more than 20 hand-selected dancers from around the globe each year. The past decade has seen Ballet Theatre UK carve out its place in the dance industry, earning recognition for performing new works of the highest calibre nationally and internationally.

As they celebrate their ten-year anniversary, their future direction is crystal clear. Ballet Theatre UK aspire to continue being recognised as a high-quality bespoke ballet company that captivates global audiences with modern adaptations of iconic classics. Their commitment is to raise the bar in quality, offering nothing but the best in British Ballet.

Their journey over the last decade has been one of inspiration, dedication, and passion. Each performance is a testament to the hard work and talent of our dancers and the unwavering support of our audiences. As they look to the future, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. Join Ballet Theatre UK on this journey as they continue to bring the magic of ballet to stages across the world.

Experience their talents first hand as they bring Wizard of Oz to the Kenneth More Theatre on Sunday 4 February, be sure to book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

Valentines Park in Redbridge has won a top accolade at the prestigious Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Awards 2024.

Valentines Park scooped the Park Venue of the Year Award in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the world of tennis and dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive tennis community. 

The LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the accomplishments of various individuals, clubs, and venues that have made significant progress in promoting and developing tennis across Britain. 

Valentines Park’s award as Park Venue of the Year reaffirms its status as a fantastic hub for tennis enthusiasts and a beacon of sporting excellence. Last year, Valentines Park was part of a £600k renovation programme of tennis facilities in Redbridge Parks, thanks to funding from Redbridge Council, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation. 

The brand-new state-of-the-art tennis facilities have attracted many new players and boosted community engagement initiatives and coaching development programmes.

The Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Kam Rai, said: “Redbridge is home to some of the best parks and green spaces in the country, and we’re working with partners to protect and improve these vital spaces now and for generations to come. 

“It’s fantastic news that Valentines Park has won this prestigious award. With our partners, we’ve funded significant improvements to facilities across the borough to ensure local people can enjoy a game of tennis with family and friends. We need your help to take care of our courts so that everyone can enjoy them, please treat them with care.”

Chair of Vision Trustees Martin Solder said:  “On behalf of Vision RCL, we are celebrating the news and recognising the positive impact providing a high-quality tennis experience for the community at Valentines Park has had on the local tennis scene. This award serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff, pride in our parks and reflection on the thriving tennis culture cultivated in Essex County.”

As Park Venue of the Year, Valentines Park joins an esteemed list of tennis facilities recognised for their excellence in promoting and advancing the sport. 

To find out more about tennis in Redbridge Parks, visit the Redbridge Parks Tennis website.

Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary ballet adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, an enthralling production that will transport audiences over the rainbow and into a world of enchantment. Featuring an international company of dancers renowned for their exquisite skill, stunning costumes, and a captivating set, this remarkable performance promises an evening filled with awe-inspiring magic.

Combining the timeless tale of Dorothy’s journey to the magnificent Land of Oz with the grace and elegance of ballet brings a whole new dimension to this beloved classic. As the curtains rise, spectators will embark on a visually dazzling adventure where familiar characters and scenes come to life through the artistry of dance.

The international company of dancers assembled for this momentous production hails from across the globe, each artist bringing their unique talents and interpretations to the stage. Their harmonious movements and impeccable technique ensure an unforgettable experience for audience members of all ages.

To complement the incredible choreography, the ballet boasts a plethora of dazzling costumes that instantly transport viewers into the enchanting world of Oz. From Dorothy’s iconic blue gingham dress to the vibrant hues adorning the Munchkins, each costume has been meticulously designed to capture the essence of this whimsical universe.

Furthermore, the stage set has been crafted meticulously, utilising cutting-edge technology to create a truly immersive experience. Audiences will marvel as they are whisked away to the breathtaking landscapes of Oz – from the dazzling Emerald City to the treacherous Yellow Brick Road – all brought to life in vivid detail through an exquisite blend of craftsmanship and artistry.

“This production is a celebration of the magic that happens when the brilliance of ballet meets the enchantment of The Wizard of Oz,” says Artistic Director Christopher Moore, the visionary director behind this awe-inspiring adaptation. “We aim to captivate, inspire, and transport our audience members to a world where dreams come true and imagination knows no bounds.”

Whether you are an ardent fan of ballet, a lover of classic literature, or simply looking for an evening of pure entertainment, The Wizard of Oz ballet will leave a lasting impression. Prepare to be swept away by the breathtaking artistry of the dancers, the stunning costumes that bring characters to life, and the exquisitely designed set that immerses you in the magical world of Oz.

Tickets for this remarkable production are available now and can be purchased through the website or ticketing platform. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the magic of The Wizard of Oz as never before!

The Wizard of Oz is coming to the Kenneth More Theatre on Sunday 4 February, so don’t miss out – get your tickets now!

We spoke to the Disco Inferno leading voice Joel Burnman. With over a 10 years career in music and performance, Joel shares his passion for Disco, dancing and favourite moments of Disco Inferno tour.   

What is it about this era of music that resonates with you so much?

That era of music and the way guys sang, using their falsetto, really drew me to it. And also just the fact that the music is so happy and full. You know how they say they don’t make music like they used to? I feel disco is a really prevalent era for that saying. It’s just music that makes you feel good. 

Why do you think that this type of music remains popular even now in 2024?

Disco is a type of music that resonates with all eras, demographics, and generations, and a lot of what the music is about is still relevant to this day – love freedom, acceptance, and people just enjoying their lives. And it’s just great music. Even those who aren’t confident to get up and dance will get up and dance to the YMCA because it’s just happy music. 

Who were your biggest inspirations for wanting to get into music?

My mum is a singer and that was always part of my life – listening to the proper singers. My mum was a big influence. I love all the big female ballad singers, Whitney, Mariah, Celine – they have such inspirational voices – and people like Luther Vandross, just really emotive singers with big vocals. 

What other forms of music are you a fan of?

I love a bit of everything. I started out in musical theatre, so I’ll always love that. I love the originality of the music, people like Stephen Sondheim are just so original and nobody else sounds like them. I also love classic 90s dance anthems and R&B, a big old mix really. 

Could you pick one act that you think best encapsulates everything to do with Disco?

It has to be Earth, Wind and Fire. I just think they are the epitome of disco music. When their music comes on in our show, it’s always a highlight. 

What is your favourite thing about being on tour?

I’ve been touring on and off for a long time now and the thing that always gives me the most excitement about it is seeing somewhere new. Getting to head out and see places I’ve never seen before, having trips to the seaside, I just love seeing new places. 

What is your go-to song when you are in need of a pick-me-up?

It has to be September by Earth, Wind, and Fire. That’s the one that always gets people up and dancing and it does the same for me. 

What can audiences expect when they come to see Disco Inferno?

A party. Even though we may be in a formal setting like a theatre, it’s all about having the time of your life for an hour and a half. 

Is there one song in particular that you really enjoy performing?

I think Relight My Fire is the one. It comes at a point in the show where it’s really gearing people up for the end and it’s always a lot of fun to perform. 

How would you sum up disco music in 3 words?

Joyous, freedom, and energy!

If you want to experience the magic of Disco for yourself don’t miss out on Disco Inferno, coming to the Kenneth More Theatre on Saturday 4 February!

Exciting news for fitness enthusiasts in Redbridge as Vision RCL is launching – a brand new membership, the Vision Premier. This membership offers tons of perks to give you the most exciting and diverse fitness journey. plus no joining fee when you join throughout January!

Priced competitively at £65 per month, plus no joining fee when you join this January, the Vision Premier Membership gives members access to all our 6 Vision Leisure Centres across the borough of Redbridge. This means you get unlimited access to our cutting-edge gym facilities with a wide range of cardio and strength training equipment, an extensive range of invigorating and exciting group exercise classes, and our state-of-the-art swimming facilities. Tailored to accommodate your various fitness goals in 2024, this membership is a testament to our commitment to providing a comprehensive and enriching fitness experience. No matter what your fitness goals are, we have something for you!

Beyond fitness, our Vision Premier Membership offers exclusive benefits to our esteemed members via our Vision app such as:

  • Booking a class 21 days in advance
  • 10% Food and Beverage at The Kenneth More Theatre, Redbridge Drama Centre, The Boathouse at Fairlop Waters and 1856 Café at Hainault Forest. 
  • Theatre offers at The Kenneth Moore Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre
  • 20% off Spa treatments at The Spa (Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre)
  • Free child swim

You don’t have to do it alone! We know exercising with a friend, or a partner is more enjoyable and can help you stay motivated to achieve your goals, so be sure to tell your friends about our membership packages and sign up together!

Vision RCL wants to give you the best experience ever so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to start your fitness journey while enjoying fantastic benefits. Join us at Vision RCL and sign up for the Vision Premier Membership. 

Following the success of ‘Dance Fitness Fest’ 2023, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure are bringing back the sensational Zumba Party to kick start the New Year in 2024. Everybody and anybody are invited to come along and dance the afternoon away at Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green on Sunday 28 January 2024. 

The event is taking place at one of the largest indoor venues in Redbridge, with two hundred free places available. Zumba and dance instructors will be gathering on stage from 2.30pm-4:30pm to teach a non-stop, engaging dance style work out. The music will combine the styles of salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, tango and more. 

Zumba offers physical, mental, and social benefits as a full body work-out which can improve
co-ordination, boost your mood, and provide a safe and encouraging space to learn how to dance which supports you to feel connected to a community.  Designed to bring people together who are looking to dance, de-stress, meet new people, try something new and have fun. 

This event is part of the wider programme ‘Active Body, Healthy Mind’. A partnership between Redbridge Institute of Adult Education and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure was created to deliver an exciting programme of physical activity taster sessions across Redbridge. The FREE sessions are aimed at supporting adults (19+) to be more active, find their ‘thing’ and encourage them to take part on a more regular basis. 

Physical activity has the potential to boost and enhance all aspects of our wellbeing and support us to feel connected to ourselves and others. Vision RCL strongly value these positive benefits and aim to support the community to access them by hosting a range of physical activity and wellbeing activities which are accessible to all.