Local women aged 50 take dance show to the Forum stage

Views from the Hill dancers Janice Doherty and Noirin Donnelly rehearse for their performances in the Forum tonight and tomorrow. (90312JC5 - Photo by Sarah Bryden)

Views from the Hill dancers Janice Doherty and Noirin Donnelly rehearse for their performances in the Forum tonight and tomorrow. (90312JC5 - Photo by Sarah Bryden)

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Local dance company Echo Echo has once again collaborated with The Worker Educational Association, to work with local women aged 50 and over to create and perform an original dance piece for performances in Derry’s Millennium Forum tonight, March 9, and tomorrow, Saturday, March 10.

The ‘Body Wisdom’ group will perform ‘Views from the Hill’ - a dance piece that draws on the deep wisdom embedded in the experienced physicality of older people and inspired by memories of Grianan of Aileach.

The dancers will be accompanied by a specially commissioned music score, written and performed by Christopher Norby, with violin from Colin Norrby.

As part of the WEA’s Learning Age Project, Artistic Director of Echo Echo Steve Batts has been teaching the Body Wisdom dance programme for older people for three years.

He commented: “I like to work with older people. I am in my fifties and although I enjoy working with young athletic people, as an older dancer-choreographer I find my heart more often touched by sharing the movement world of people who have age and experience in their bodies.”

Learning Age Project Development Officer with Workers’ Educational Association, Sinead Devine said: “Body Wisdom is unique in that it offers older people, some of whom have never danced before, the opportunity to train with a professional dance company and to create a new piece of dance to performance level, which is a wonderful achievement. The work has been evolving over the past few months and I am really looking forward to the final performances.”

Views from the Hill performances will take place tonight, March 9, and tomorrow, Saturday, March 10. at 8pm in The Millennium Forum Studio.

Tickets are £5 and available at the Box Office on: 71. 264455.