Glasgow 2018 European Championships
For Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – YDance was commissioned to create “Generation Dance” in partnership with Scottish Ballet, and “Tell Us Who We Are” in partnership with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Scottish Youth Theatre.
Generation Dance Festival (2018)
The Generation Dance Festival 2018 was a performance of four exciting works from four different groups; Scottish Ballet Elders Company, a group of four dancers from Turin and Nuremberg, the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, and the Generation Dance Company. The Generation Dance Company was specially created for the festival and brought together young and older dancers to create a new work, _Letters to My Shadow_, choreographed by Anna Kenrick and directed by Philippa Clark. The core cast were joined by community performers aged 14-21 and over 60 from the Reflections Dance Companies from Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, and Edinburgh, showcasing the strength of youth and community dance in Scotland. The Generation Dance Festival and the Reflections Dance Companies were a partner project between YDance and Scottish Ballet and supported by Festival 2018, the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Reflections was also partnered with Macrobert Arts Centre, Edinburgh City Council, and Perth and Kinross Council.
Photo Andy Ross
Tell Us Who We Are (2018)
Commissioned for Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – Tell Us Who We Are was the first collaboration between YDance, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. Written by Gary McNair, directed by Mary McCluskey, choreographed by Anna Kenrick, with music by Claire McCue, Tell Us Who We Are was performed at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow from 7 – 9 August, 2018. Featuring performance, dance and new music, the young cast were joined by a forty-strong choir and community cast to inhabit the iconic space of the Old Fruitmarket venue. Working with arts professionals, the collective developed the piece to reflect, represent and celebrate the voice of young people today.
“It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but here we are in 2018, and wars are still being waged across the globe.
In Tell Us Who We Are, we, the young people ask what can we tell you about war? In this, the 100th Anniversary year of the end of the First World War, what can we, the mollycoddled, millennials with our safe spaces tell you about anything?
Through the prism of war, we contrast our lives to those of all the young people who have lived in the century following the end of WWI. We have all the information we could ever need about the world at the touch of a button, but now, in the Year of Young People, we want to know what the world thinks of us. Is our voice being heard?”