BeigeEvent type: Part of: AGELESS Festival 2022
Tue 1 Oct, 12:30pm
Venue: White Rose Centre
There is no need to book for this event. Just turn up at the White Rose Centre for 12:30
Beige is a new, ambitious community dance performance funded by Leeds Inspired, with a local cast of people from Leeds. Beige takes a fun and playful look at some of the stereotypes around ageing, ultimately rejecting the notion of fading into the background and inviting people into a celebration of colour, music and movement.
The piece celebrates and raises the profile of dance for older adults taking place in the vibrant city of Leeds. Over 50 older adults have participated in local sessions within their communities during the lead up to Beige, which culminates in two performances in October 2019.
Join us at the White Rose Centre on Tuesday 1st October for performances at 12:30pm and 1:15pm.
The performance will take place in a ‘flash mob style’ to celebrate International Day of Older People. The second performance will form part of ‘Ageless’ a festival about reimagining age which takes place across 3 sites in Leeds (Yorkshire Dance, Leeds City College & Leeds Playhouse) on 25-26 October 2019.
Through ongoing work and coproduction with older people, Yorkshire Dance, has shaped and developed numerous programmes such as ‘Young at Arts’, ‘Dance On’, ‘In Mature Company and ‘We Danced’. Throughout this work, there has been a growing understanding of the barriers and challenges facing our local ageing population. Themes such as invisibility, loss of social contact, lack of connection to the body and to touch, have consistently arisen. Beige offers a fun, engaging and participatory way to join together, creating a sense of company and offering a chance to celebrate the body and the connections we make with one another.
Who will take part?
Through Yorkshire Dance’s Dance On Programme, we have established 10 new dance classes for older adults around the city. These sessions are in partnership with Neighbourhood Networks including: OPAL, MAEcare, Middleton Elderly Aid, Seacroft Friends & Neighbours, and Hamara, and in partnership with threshold spaces such as Harehills Baptist Church. We have invited other partner organisations who also work with older adults to be part of the project including Heydays (Leeds Playhouse), Dance for Parkinson’s groups led by Ascendance and Dance Studio Leeds.
Beige is funded by Leeds Inspired.
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