Scotland’s leading inclusive dance company, Indepen-dance, will present Gathered Together 2022 at Tramway (Glasgow) from Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 July.
Over four days, the festival will host performances from some of the world’s leading inclusive dance organisations.
There will also be opportunities for dance artists and people interested in inclusive dance practice to come together and share skills, techniques and knowledge through a programme of practical workshops. In addition, the event will include talks by keynote speakers.
Performances already confirmed include 111 – a powerful duet between Joel Brown and Eve Mutso, who explore their different strengths and vulnerabilities. Joel is a paraplegic self-trained dancer and Eve is a former principal dancer with Scottish Ballet. 111 is the number of vertebrae that Joel and Eve have between them … hypothetically. Eve “moves like she has a hundred”, Joel’s spin is fused and he jokes he only has 11.
Mutso will also choreograph and design Entwined with Indepen-dance’s young artists. Inspired by and created with the dancers, this new production will showcase
Indepen-dance’s young ensemble. Through their movement and entwined energy on stage, each dancer will have an impact on the collective development of the work.
Curtis & Co from Germany will perform Exploring Bodies. The company includes an acrobat from Ethiopia who couldn’t walk as a child and came to Germany as an asylum seeker, a dancer from New Zealand with Filipino and Irish roots, a German dancer whose career began in the breakdance scene, and a British dancer/actress who is still actively dancing on stage as an older woman.
Other dance companies include Taiwan’s Resident Island Dance Theatre and Con Cuerpos Dance Company from Colombia
There will also be a range of performances by Scottish-based inclusive community groups including Paragon’s M3, an inclusive dance and music programme aimed at teenagers with additional support needs, Deaf Dance Artist, Clare Adam and Autistic Dance Artist Lesley Howard, Barrowland Ballet’s Wolf Pack, an intergenerational company for participants aged 7- 80+. Gathered Together will also welcome Dundee Rep’s Do your Thing, a movement and dance class for disabled and non-disabled people, Clifftop Projects intergenerational dance company, Inspire Performance Group from Clydebank, and Loop Theatre, a Glasgow-based physical theatre company for people with learning disabilities, creating inspirational, inclusive theatre.