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Red and the Wolf 2017
Red and the Wolf , Liminal Dance Tour, involving a wide range of local participants, reaching new audiences across diverse areas of Scotland and fostering supportive and inspiring partnerships to support the work of Liminal Dance.
Red and the wolf is an immersive dance theatre promenade performance produced with a locally based community cast of young people. The work provides a unique performance to each identified rural or suburban community: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Heart of Duns Volunteer Hall, Duns, Platform, Glasgow and Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.
St Rose of Lima Primary School
Workshops, 15th-22nd September.
Performances, 22nd September
A Heart for Duns, Duns
Performances, 29th September
The opportunity to work with the Liminal Dance Company has given the children an insight into the world of creative dance and drama. The storyline of Red Riding Hood was familiar to them all and helped as they began their journey of exploration.
The children’s views before
“I thought it was going to be about the traditional story and we would be acting it out.” Megan and Logan
“I thought it would be a musical with singing and dancing.” Finn
The experiential approach immersed the children into the world of dramatic arts. As, rather than being a passive observer, they were instrumental into the creation of the piece, given every chance to express themselves physically and emotionally. This had an impact on their self-esteem as their confidence increased throughout the week. They were challenged to think and create, both as individuals and in groups. This helped them build relationships with children they wouldn’t normally have worked with. They had the opportunity to experience at first-hand how powerful expressive arts can be, that it can influence their learning both in and out of the classroom. This has had a huge impact on the holistic development of the children.
“I thought at the beginning I was going to fail at this but now I have a big smile on my face because I know I’ve been successful.”
“It was nowhere near what I imagined--- BETTER!”
“I really enjoyed it- it even taught me a new dance move that my friends didn’t think I’d be able to do!”
From a teachers perspective it has given us a much deeper insight into the individual children as they faced and tackled the challenges.
Debbie Higson , Teacher of p5 at Duns Primary School
The P5 and P5/6 children in the performance were fantastic and really embraced the storyline, music and movement. They were confident and comfortable expressing themselves in such a modern, contemporary way, which was quite unlike anything else we'd seen or been involved in before. They thoroughly entertained us but also eagerly encouraged us to be part of the show, all down to Liminal's wonderful work leading up to Friday's performance.
The feed back from parents and visitors was really positive and they loved seeing the children having so much fun, being focused and remembering so many different parts to the storyline. One parent was reduced to tears and commented on "how far my boys have come to be able to do this!" It was joyful to watch P1 audience ask if they could join in as they were itching to immerse themselves in the movement. My mum even amazed herself being able to jump several times !!!! Well done !!! You've touched so many people on so many levels !!!
The audio soundtrack and headphone experience was just outstanding !!! We struggle with technology working so well down here in the Borders but having Jason on hand with his expertise and equipment brought the whole story and experience alive!! I've been blasting Kate Nash out my stereo ever since !!!!
I can't thank you enough and look forward to your next opportunity to work with us in Duns.
Shona Turnbull, Primary School teacher, Duns Primary
Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre
Workshops, 9th-13th October
Performance, 13th October
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
The Explorer Gardens
Workshop, 16th-20th October
Performances, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October
Photographs taken by Mike Liddington