Dance is so much more than a performing art16 June 2016
What does it really mean for art to be an instrument for social change? A moving film of Yorkshire Dance's We Danced project shows - in 3 short minutes - how that change can happen.
Bringing together older adults in care home settings with young people from local primary schools in Sheffield, We Danced is an intergenerational project that celebrates the connections we make through dance.
Yorkshire Dance first invited older adults to share their stories of dancing with a team of five professional dance artists. These stories then provided inspiration for children from Mansel Primary School to recreate the dances together with the older people. Weekly sessions began in Blenheim Court Care Home in late January; with the dancers delivering work in group settings and in one-to-one sessions with older adults.
The connections the project has created are contributing to reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst older adults. In time, it will also promote positive community cohesion through relationship-building with young people.
We Danced is funded by Provident Financial – Good Neighbour Fund. Esmée Fairbairn funds Yorkshire Dance to enhance its production of new work and support emerging artistic talent.
This is the fourth in our series of Eye Opening Films, which we're making to highlight the brilliant work of those we fund.