"You can't stop birds from flying over your head, but you can definitely prevent them from building a nest in your hair"
Christina Liddell began working in partnership with the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity from September 2016, to offer dance sessions to children and young people within the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. In consultation with physiotherapists, her remit assists in the recuperation of the children’s physical and emotional well being, by providing creative movement and dance. Christina had no idea what profound impact the children and young people would have on her own perspective on life, nor how inspired she would be by those she met.
Glimpsing Air Pockets has been created as a poetic response within this multi-sensory dance theatre production, from her many beautiful encounters.
Along with a highly skilled team of artists, the creative process for Glimpsing Air Pockets extended as a wonderful collaboration with children and young people within the hospital, bringing to life their very own creative contributions, to be seen and experienced by the immersive audience throughout the choreography, set, filmography, soundscape and interactive design within the performance.
Following a sell out run of Glimpsing Air Pockets' premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, the production will be performed on 29 October 2019 and at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, later this year.
Following the remaining performances, Christina Liddell and the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity would like to invite you to an Arts-and-Health event on 7 November 2019, 4pm at Dance Base. The event will present the findings of Glimpsing Air Pockets throughout the creative process with children and young people from the hospital, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of the creative team.
This will be an invaluable opportunity to connect with organisations within the public health sector and freelance artists, aspiring to strengthen the link between Arts-and-Health within hospitals and social community contexts, now and in the foreseeable future.
Supported by Creative Scotland, the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity, Dance Base and Curious Seed.
Image by Simon M Scott - simonmscott.com