Barrowland Ballet is a touring dance theatre company centred around the creative work of choreographer Natasha Gilmore, and based in Glasgow. There is a focus on working collaboratively across art forms, creating high quality work and raising the visibility of professional dance work. As well as work for the theatre, Natasha makes site specific work and dance films. The company also aims to devise inspiring participation projects engaging people of all ages and backgrounds by delivering projects and performances of the highest quality in a number of different contexts which use humour and emotional engagement to address contemporary social issues. The aim is to also increase understanding and enjoyment amongst those already engaged with dance by continually adding to our repertoire and delivering professional mentoring.
Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies. Following a period as artist in residence at Dance House Glasgow, Natasha went on to make her first touring work for the company, The Blank Album 2008 which performed in over 70 venues across Britain. Natasha’s professional work includes A Conversation With Carmel, an ambitious piece integrating film projection and working with a local community cast in every tour venue. The latest professional work Tiger and Tiger Tale (7+) has toured across Scotland receiving 4 and 5 star reviews. Tiger Tale opened Imaginate 2014, International Children’s Festival and both shows have been awarded Made in Scotland funding to perform at The Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Interwoven with her professional work Natasha has created a body of high quality work within a community setting, including Dancing stAGE 2010, Dancing Voices, 2012 working with over 150 older dancers and Bunty & Doris, 2013 an intergenerational piece with dancers aged from 2 to 86.
Although based in Glasgow now, East London Dance has worked with Natasha for many years and our joint projects have opened up opportunities for cross-city collaborations between east London and Glasgow.
Barrowland Ballet would like to tour Tiger and Tiger Tale internationally and reach new audiences. Developing on from Tiger Tale, aimed at children, they will be creating a body of dance theatre work for family audiences. Alongside this they will also create a new touring work that deals with contemporary social issues, such as growing up with dual heritage.
Participatory work is an integral part of the company and over the next three years they will seek to strengthen and deepen their engagement with communities with a focus on intergenerational choreographies and work with older dancers and refugees.
They have made a dance film Two For Tea and they plan to distribute this new film alongside an accompanying outreach programme for an intergenerational piece with a focus on older dancers and workshops within care homes.
Barrowland Ballet can deliver a variety of education work:
• One off dance workshops from an hour to a full day working towards creating a performance or learning new skills
• Residencies themed around educational outcomes or linked to wider events
• Demonstrations or lectures for dance students
• Community outreach programmes, they have experience of working with hard to reach groups
• Inter-generational workshops and projects
Barrowland Ballet has the following productions available for touring:
The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me
Vince wants to explore the forest but he’s too scared to go on his own. Until one day he meets Poggle, a mythical creature who takes him on an adventure exploring the forest and the magical musical tree.
This funny, sensory dance theatre piece is aimed at 1-3 year olds and their familiesand friends. With live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping throughout, it takes us on a musical and visual journey following Poggle and his friend as they find the joy in nature and the strength in themselves.
Tiger Tale (7yrs +)
A troubled family’s world turns upside down when a tiger appears. It’s chaotic, it’s dangerous but brilliantly funny as the tiger reminds the family what they love about one another. With captivating dancers and live music the audience are up close to the action, surrounding the family, as the space explodes with colour and movement.
A troubled family’s world turns upside down when a tiger invades. It’s chaotic, emotionally charged but brilliantly comic. With captivating dancers and live music, the evocative sound score brings the tiger to life, whilst the impressive set unleashes the chaos of the tiger in exciting and unexpected ways. Gilmore and Evans have created an insightful story of family relationships.
“The thrilling complexities of choreography, look effortless”
**** The Herald
“Tiger is a magical dramatization and a modern metaphor for the dual nature of human beings. Go wild and catch it somewhere!”
***** The Edinburgh Guide
“Such is the quality of both choreography and performance that each vignette speaks volumes.”
**** Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
“Wow! What an amazing performance! My P3 class were enthralled by Tiger Tale. The dancers were truly remarkable. Thank you Barrowland Ballet for enriching our learning in the expressive arts. It was a wonderful experience for the children (and adults who accompanied them!)”
Sue Whatmore, Campie Primary School