Hertfordshire’s over 55’s to appear in innovative dance film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
A group of Hertfordshire, over 55 year olds, are set to grace the screen at the forthcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival with their dance moves.
Last year, over 55’s from across Hertfordshire were invited to participate in a brand new initiative, Dance Re:Ignite, which was developed in a bid to get the older generation moving. The drive behind the launch of the dance framework, which was funded by an Arts Council England Grant and supported by Creative Hertfordshire, was the belief that dance has a positive impact on mental and physical well-being – particularly within older generations.
Following its launch in Spring last year, Dance Re:Ignite reached 4,500 local people, both participants and audience members, through a series of dance and animation workshops, where participants learned routines and met new people, under the guide of professionally trained dancers.
The culmination of the initiative was a festival, which was held at the Western Auditorium, and the filming of a dance and animation picture entitled ‘Togetherness.’ The short, animated, dance film focuses on the concept of fragmentation and unification of the body.
Dance Re:Ignite was managed by BEEE Creative, a dedicated dance agency which delivers dance projects for the general public and schools, while film was directed by respected directors, Shaun Clark and Kim Noce.
Both directors, and BEEE Creative, are now delighted to announce that the five minute long ‘Togetherness’ film will be shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday 28th June under the second presentation of the McLaren Award for Best British Animation.
“We are delighted that the film has been selected to be part of the such a well-respected event as the Edinburgh International Film Festival.” Carrie Washington, Director of BEEE Creative, comments. “Dance is an enjoyable and sociable form of exercise for all ages and abilities, which is increasingly catching the public imagination, thanks to shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. For the older generation, Dance Re:Ignite was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people while learning new dance skills.”
The dancers in the film were from four Hertfordshire groups:
Saracens Sport Foundation, Love to Dance programme
Dance for Parkinson's group at University of Hertfordshire
Let's Dance Dacorum at The Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead
New Connections at Watford Museum, Watford Borough Council