i-Dance, the Palace Theatre’s resident integrated performance company, wowed a packed house at Stewarton Area Centre and New Cumnock Community Centre recently with a powerful performance entitled Flowers that Bloom in the Night.
Now in its tenth year, the group, supported by East Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure, has developed into an accomplished performance company and this year’s presentation, which was the highlight of Learning Disability Week, was their most challenging work to date.
Inspired by a song written for Susan Boyle, Flowers that Bloom in the Night took the audience on a journey of discovery, from an oppressive past to a bright future. Drawing inspiration from music and the world of fine art, the dancers presented a diverse and inspiring montage that mirrored the social history of their own lives, and of those who came before them.
Inspired by the dancers’ own interpretation of the music, the choreography navigated the company’s commitment to constantly achieving new levels of performance.
Depute Provost John Campbell, who attended the performance in Stewarton said: “Powerful, emotional and innovative – the i-Dance performance was quite incredible. Over the past ten years the company has gone from strength to strength and this year’s performance was definitely a highlight.
“Company members come from Balmoral, Hurlford and Riverside Resource Centres and include service users, their support workers and volunteer dancers.”
Artistic Director, Karen Wood said: “Through the medium of dance and creative movement, the company focuses on creating alternative and innovative ways of encouraging creativity and developing individual potential. I am incredibly proud of our performers and all that they have achieved, and I know that the company will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of i-DANCE or in supporting the company, please contact:
Karen Wood (artistic director)
mobile: 07794 976014