Moving Well: movement workshops by, and for, older people
Creative opportunities for older people with something to say
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and the Healthy New Town Programme in collaboration with Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would like to offer free creative movement workshops for older people within the Ebbsfleet Garden City area. There will be opportunities for participants to take part in 8 or 4 week programmes in different places including existing older people’s settings (Age UK, or similar), community locations, or other neutral settings, and for 4 or 5 local people to be trained as Moving Well facilitators.
Please read the information below which describes the company, the workshops and the approach and let me know if your group of older people would like to be part of this really exciting and positive opportunity. A conversation with the Directors of Moving Memory can also be arranged.
Laura Bailey, Cultural Development Manager
m: 07850 918975
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company
Moving Memory is a company of older women who have been working together for over 6 years. Our vision is for a society where older people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives because they participate in artistic, creative and physical activities. Our mission is to provide participation and performance opportunities that celebrate the vitality of participants, consider the funny side of things and draw out the stuff of life. We use movement, music, spoken word and digital projection as ways of revealing and presenting peoples’ stories.
Moving Well Workshops
Inspired by their own experience of discovering creative movement and performance later in life, the company has created a programme of participatory workshops for older people. These sessions, led by Moving Memory company members, get people moving in ways that keep them fit, introduce new dance-theatre skills and look at ways participants can put their own movement sequences together. Over time, participants improve balance and flexibility, find they can manage more and become increasingly prepared to experiment – they might even think about making a performance! This is about having fun and feeling free to move. It’s a chance to let go, have a laugh and try something new. No experience is necessary.
Each session includes:
1: Warm up – which is about learning to move well: posture, alignment of the body, breath technique, stretching, extending movement possibilities and moving freely. We have worked with people of all ages, shapes, sizes and bodies, that sometimes are restricted by stresses, strains, and the things that come with everyday life and being older, all of which is fine – we want to welcome all, and work with individuals, to work with their bodies in a safe and creative way environment. People can choose to push themselves or take time to sit out and observe – whatever fits.
2: Playing and Choreographing: We then do various exercises which are about finding new ways of moving individually and together, and then beginning to play with simple activities to make more complete pieces. The ideas for movements come from participants, from the everyday, from memories, feelings and experiences.
- Cool down and feedback – a short round up to the session to stretch out and cool down, and give any feedback you want to, or ask questions
What participants say:
“It gives you a happy feeling – we get a nice laugh” “It’s different from a normal exercise class – the creativity comes from something we made” “There’s a lovely feeling of trust between us” “balanced between fun and thoughtfulness” “Absolute lack of feeling judged in any negative way” “(The project) is giving a new lease of life and the encouragement to try new things”