This workshop is for dance practitioners who work with older people, or would like to, to inspire, learn and share.

It will focus on:

– exercise structures to use as a body warm-up and as a movement training. Bone structure, joints and deep musculature. Working from the floor, then seated, then in the space

– concepts from Mariantonia’s work

– movement that recognizes the worth of older people

– tools to challenge gravity without fear, taste risk without danger

– individual and group movement research work

– personal musicality and rhythm

– dance as artistic project

– dance as social project

– why do we dance? Dance as life’s energy. The joy of dancing.

Mariantonia Oliver runs her own company in Palma, Mallorca. She is visiting the UK to present a key note at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol, and will be working with Grace and Growl Dance Company to create a short piece for the conference.

Tickets £25, available from Activate Performing Arts, contact

With thanks to Pavilion Dance South West for supporting this workshop.

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