NEWS: Barrowland Ballet launch free Inter-generational community company

Barrowland Ballet has launched a free, open to all, Intergenerational Community Company for participants aged 7-90 years old. Delivered by acclaimed artistic director and choreographer Natasha Gilmore, the company will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings in Glasgow City Centre. The company’s first performance Wolves will take place in March 2017 at the Tramway, Glasgow and The Beacon, Greenock.

Gilmore has a long track record of delivering high-quality dance projects for inter-generational participants and is considered to be at the forefront of inter-generational practice. Most recently Gilmore delivered The River (2014), an exciting and creatively daring inter-generational project bringing together dancers and singers of all ages in a large-scale dance and choir project with nearly 200 performers as part of the Culture 2014 Programme. Previous performance projects with an inter-generational cast include Bunty & Doris (2013) and Ultra Violet (2012). It’s long been an ambition of hers to form an established inter-generational community company; including those who are new to dance or who haven’t had an opportunity to dance previously.

Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet said: “We have always wanted to create an inter-generational company that is professionally led and open to everyone and there is clearly a need for this as we have received over 70 applications to join from 7-year-olds to 75-year-olds. Each generation brings something different to an intergenerational company creating an environment of respect that has a vibrant, playful atmosphere. New relationships are forged with everyone feeling personally valued and a greater sense of understanding grows between generations. We hope there will be a real sense of being part of the Barrowland Ballet community, developing as a dancer and most importantly that everyone has fun!”

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