Five things you should know about . . . Gathered Together
Indepen-dance's international inclusive dance festival returns after its 2014 inaugural event
What is it?
In 2014, Glasgow hosted the very first Gathered Together, a dance festival which brought inclusive dance groups, choreographers and disabled artists from the UK, Europe and much further afield to town. Over four days this year, an impressive array of performances will take place at Tramway while events will also occur in various spots across the city.
Who's behind it all?
Gathered Together is the brainchild of Indepen-dance, Scotland's leading inclusive dance development company which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Who will be on stage?
Various elements of the Indepen-dance network will be performing such as their Adult Performance Company and Young 1'z while there are also companies appearing from Brazil, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Travelling the furthest is Colombia's ConCuerpos who will undertake a 15-hour journey crossing 8321km in order to be involved. Closer-to-home talents include Marc Brew, Jodie Taylor, Loop Theatre Company and Y Dance.
Is it all about sitting and watching people dance?
It most certainly isn't. There will be workshops, speeches, a walking tour, short films and post-show discussions, while a photography exhibition entitled 11 Million Reasons features work inspired by iconic dance moments in film as reimagined by deaf and disabled people.
Most importantly of all, is there a ceilidh?
There absolutely is. On the festival's final evening, a traditional ceilidh (with some surprises thrown in) takes place at the Briggait with live music from Glasgow's Point Five. There will be a particularly Scottish treat in store for everyone attending the ceilidh with exact details being kept strictly under wraps. The only clue the organisers will give is, 'Tunnock's and swords … .'
Gathered Together is at Tramway, Glasgow, Wed 7–Sat 10 Sep.