Over-55s trapeze workshop celebrates International Day of Older Persons
Sarah Wollaston MP joined over-55s to celebrate International Day of Older Persons in style at Dartington.
They enjoyed dance performances and singing, dance and aerial workshops at the Dance in Time event, a partnership between estate-based charity Dance in Devon and The Dartington Hall Trust for International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.
Sarah Wollaston, who is now Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, joined over 100 members of the public, supporters of the Abundant Life community living scheme (in development on the Dartington estate), and people from Devon residential care homes who are part of a Silver Dancers project run by Dance in Devon.
A highlight of the day was a performance by Upswing – an exciting company of circus and aerial performers in residence at The Dartington Hall Trust, who include older contemporary dancers and a trapeze artist. Their dance piece What Happens in Winter was an entertaining and arresting mix of aerial, theatre and dance treading a humorous path through the minds and bodies of two women: one aerialist and one dancer, using the lives of these physical performers as inspiration.
Sarah Cobley, assistant director of Dance in Devon, was delighted by the huge success of the event which helped to highlight the importance of the role of older people in society.
She said: ‘Older people’s valuable contributions can only be ensured if they enjoy adequate levels of health and wellbeing in later years. This is why the Silver Dancers programme, and International Older Persons Day, is so important.’
The Silver Dancers project, which started in March 2014, involves professional dance leaders developing a programme of dance activities in six residential homes in Devon so older people in residential care have access to quality arts experience, both as participants and as audience members.
(from a press release)