Projects

Symbol Stones November 2013

Symbol Stones was a collaboration with dance artist Julia McGhee

The project inspired children from four Easter Ross primary schools to create an original performance based on their own interpretation of the symbols on the Pictish stones of Shandwick, Hilton, Nigg and Tain. The children’s imagination was sparked by a visit to the Tarbat Discovery Centre where they were encouraged to connect to their own local history by making art works based on the Pictish symbols.

The children’s ideas and artwork were brought together to create a highly successful dance performance in which over 70 children took part. The final dance performance was held at the Seaboard Memorial Hall in Balintore on Friday 15th November 2013, watched by family and friends and members of the local community. The show had a profound effect on the participants and audience alike leaving a lasting image in people’s minds about the importance and beauty of their local heritage.

The project was funded by a grant from Awards for All and was kindly supported by the Tarbat Discovery Centre, plan B Collaborative Theatre and Web Design Highlands.’

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Tiptoe through Time

An intergenerational project inspired by childhood games, involving older people and children from Alness and Ardross.

“Putting together everyone’s contribution was gratifying for almost all children and certainly impresses all the staff and parents”

- Head Teacher

Phase I April - June 2011

A ten-week collaboration with Phoenix VP a local video production company. Ladies from the older generation taught children involved some of the games they used to play and a dance was choreographed based on these games. This phase of the project culminated in a multi media performance where the children danced to songs and rhymes sung by the older people. A film had been made of the children playing the games and was projected onto their white costumes as they performed.

Phase II March – May 2012

Playtime - an intergenerational event – involved seventeen children, nine older adults, a short film, tea and cakes and a giant hopscotch grid. It was the end result of work with children of Ardross Primary School and the seniors from the Ardross community who together created a collaborative dance piece which celebrated the games they have all played and emphasized the importance of fun for all.

The project was funded by a grant from Awards for All.

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Tides of Time 2009

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Mud flats, sand and gravel, transition between the earth, sea and sky. Rivers meet tides, sand and silt creep seaward, and the finest layer of water on mud reflects the ever changing skies. The shores of the Cromarty Firth, habitats for many wild creatures, are also rich in history and myth.

From this starting point we worked with two Alness primary schools offering workshops in mudflats ecology, dance and Gaelic song. Using some of the material created by the children involved, a site-specific dance was choreographed. This was presented on 20th August on the shore of Alness Bay preceded by a guided talk on the ecology of the area given by Highland Council Countryside Ranger Martin Hind. The piece was accompanied by live Gaelic song sung by vocal artist Fiona Mackenzie.

Tides of Time was developed in partnership with North Highland College and kindly funded by: