Natasha Gilmore's latest dance piece, Wolves, explores the effects of unconventionality

Natasha Gilmore's latest dance piece, Wolves, explores the effects of unconventionality

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Kids, teens, adults and older people join forces for new dance show

Whether we're in primary school or retired, there's always somebody ready to tell us how to live our lives. Which is why choreographer Natasha Gilmore has pulled together a cast of over 50 children, teenagers, adults and older people to illustrate that point in her new show, Wolves.

Together, they'll perform alongside Barrowland Ballet's professional dancers, to deliver a show that explores what happens when we don't conform to the norm, and decide to take our own path instead.

'Each generation brings something different to an intergenerational company,' explains Gilmore, 'which creates an environment of respect that has a vibrant atmosphere. And the different age groups bring out the best in each other – the carefree playful attitude of the young kids helps everyone shake off their self-consciousness and become more playful, combined with the discipline and focus of the older groups.'

We all take risks, but how people react to that can depend on our age, gender, ethnicity and place in the world. As Gilmore says, 'None of us are immune to the pressures of society, so I think it's important that people see themselves represented on-stage, to show that all our stories matter and are of interest.'

'Wolves gives a voice to people of different ages, different genres and races and doesn't stick to the confines of the clichés of those groupings.'

Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 18 Mar, 3pm & 7pm; Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Sat 25 Mar, 7pm.


Barrowland Ballet première their latest production, Wolves, performed by an inter-generational cast of dance artists including older performers, teenagers and children. Wolves looks at the moral guidance given to different generations; from morality tales told throughout history to cautionary tales of the present day.

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