PRIME with Lewis Normand | Residency Piece

PRIME with Lewis Normand | Residency Piece

 

Image copyright: Amy Sinead

 

Monday 20 - Friday 24 May

Dancer & choreographer Lewis Normand joins PRIME in the studio for a week long residency to develop a new performance piece that will premiere in August as part of the Dance Base Fringe Festival. 

 

PRIME are Dance Base’s resident dance performance company for dancers aged over 60 years old.

Created by Morag Deyes in 2015, PRIME was born from a desire to change the under-representation of older dancers on stage and to actively challenge stereotypes around ageing, ability, and who can be a dancer.

Since their creation PRIME have worked with some of the best choreographers in the UK to perform progressive and creative choreography which empowers dancers and audiences alike to explore their full potential in life and dance. They have toured nationally and internationally and participated in many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Luminate and Singapore Silver Arts Festival. Most recently the company took part in an international collaboration with the Taiwanese dance company B.DANCE, touring a new performance piece across Scotland in May 2023 and presenting it at a 6-date run as part of the Dance Base Fringe Festival programme where they received reviews from The Guardian and The Scotsman. They were also featured in a short film by BBC Scotland!

The company are led by their Artistic Director Steinvor Palsson who took over the role from Dance Base’s previous Artistic Director Morag Deyes in 2022.

The company currently has 16 members aged between 65 and 81 years old – Annie Young, Christine Thynne, Diane Mitchell, Eleanor Morrison, Judy Adams, Karen Duignan, Kathy Jenkins, Marilyn Shiells, Mark Saunders, Moira Berry, Nancy Paterson, Norma Turvill, Paul Burrows, Rosie Orr, Sara Cameron McBean & Tom Daniel.

 

Supported through Dance Base’s In-Kind Studio Space programme.