Family Portrait | 12 - 22 August

Family Portrait

Family Portrait by Barrowland Ballet

12 - 22 August | From 12:00 - 15:00 (hourly) | 35 minutes

12-13 August & 16-22 August | From 17:00 - 19:00 (hourly) | 35 minutes 

One £10 ticket allows entry for one extended household of six individuals for the 35 minute screening. Not only does this ensure your safety whilst watching Family Portrait, but it also provides a unique, intimate and immersive experience for you and your family to enjoy together. The space will be cleaned between each screening.


Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

Family Portrait

Family Portrait is a video installation, where, surrounded by four screens and seated on swivelling stools you and your extended family will be able to see the family through choreographed sequences and candid “off camera” moments as they encounter the many different landscapes of Scotland. 

Family Portrait captures Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her children in an intimate portrayal of family life. Through striking imagery, choreography and intricate soundscapes, a series of narratives unfold.

With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mum. A geographical and emotional journey celebrating getting out into nature. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is with it’s relentless and glorious chaos.

'A film experience that speaks with tremendous eloquence about the intense renewed relationship with the natural world that has been part of the lockdown experience for so many millions, and about what we can pass on to our children, and they can teach us, in a time of such global crisis.'
The Scotsman - **** 

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Dance Base's Festival 21 season is kindly supported by Edinburgh International Festival.

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