Saturday 18 May 2019

We opened our beautiful studios and invited all to join PRIME for inspiring fun including a gentle, enjoyable class designed for mature bodies, or a mat class of easy Pilates exercises, followed by an informal gathering, to chat about how moving makes the ageing process progress with ease and joy.

Later, PRIME performed from their repertoire, inviting special friends to join them. Outside the studio, there was a silent auction throughout the day featuring signed copies of beautiful books and other donated treats.

PRIME are Scotland’s first semi-professional dance company for dancers over 60. They have performed new work and changed perceptions of dance for years. All events were Pay What You Can on the day, and all donations went towards the future of PRIME.

Event schedule :

13.30-14.30 – Pilates with Jeanine Byrne  
Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance; so much more than just building a 'strong core' or 'perfect posture'. Regular practitioners of Pilates feel a heightened sense of awareness and ease in their bodies, experiencing less pain and more mobility.

14.45-15.45 – Contemporary with Tamsyn Russell
This class will comprise of the fundamental movement of contemporary technique from moving joints, plié, shift, swing and traveling through the space. Class is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with all levels welcome. Each dancer can work  in the class at their own level and needs.

19.00-19.45 – Performance and film programme: PRIME TIME!

A special programme of performance and film, representing PRIME’s amazing legacy and the incredible spectrum of work made by mature artists.

PRIME performed two short pieces from their repertoire. Rollin', choreographed by Dance Base Artistic Director (and founder of PRIME), Morag Deyes; and Moving - a special work that the company performed for the late Lindsay Kemp, when he came to Dance Base for a unique residency week and showcase, in October 2017.

There was also a programme of dance film (curated by Morag) that reflects the inspirational creativity of elder dance artists.

Sarah C. Prinz & Danny Rosenberg, Flexsus Studios

Meeting Place: Scorched
Amanda Kapp

The Cedar Tree
A Striking Attitudes Production

Trailer for Breath Made Visible
Anna Halprin

Tim Arnold/Lindsay Kemp

Trailer for the feature film Hip Hop-eration
Bryn Evans, Hip Op-eration Crew

Part of Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival


Creative Scotland
Supported by Edinburgh
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council
Living Wage