A reflection of the memories of our residents of the dance halls and places of entertainment in the Hammersmith of their youth.
Dancing for Joy
After the successful implementation of DanceWests “Bolder not Older” weekly dance classes for adults 65+ at Sycamore House, we have commissioned DanceWest to deliver a performance for our 400th Anniversary.
DanceWest starts the project with reminiscence and oral history sessions, taking residents back to the nights out on the town they enjoyed in iconic but now demolished venues. The residents will be asked to recall dancing, the kinds of music they listened to, the experience of nights out, what they remember of the venues themselves, their relationship to those younger selves. Photos of the venues and the residents will be collected as well as recordings of the music.
Using that material as a starting point DanceWest will commission a piece of choreography suitable for the Bolder not Older dance group – possibly in conjunction with other dance groups run by Dance West, including the mooted older peoples’ semi professional dance company.
The new work will be performed at the Grand Party and filmed for posterity.