Following sellout performances in theatres around the world Scottish Dance Theatre are restaging their acclaimed children’s show Innocence. The show will be performed at The Lowry on Sunday the 20th of May to share the magic of this unique playroom performance.
This adventure for young children, inspired by William Blake’s childhood and poetry, lets them romp and play on set with the dancers and is full of songs, giggles and animal noises by the much celebrated music magician Paul Bradley of Three Cane Whale fame and a firm favourite of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews.
Innocence creates a space for physical discovery and musical exploration, children of all ages interact and respond to the company’s accomplished dancers and their peers as they become tigers and lambs together with grown-ups who are also invited to play around. Proof, as William Blake asserted, that innocence is a precious state of mind not limited only to children.
Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Fleur Darkin was inspired to create the piece by watching children dance and her aim was to create a performance that allowed children to participate and have as much fun as the adults. She said: “I was interested in creating an experience that sees the world from three feet high, and to give the children a chance to call the shots. Children and their parents/friends can dance together and choose how to play inside the show. Families can expect a playful atmosphere and magical space where dancers prowl among them.
“Innocence came from being a mother. My children have really shown me how to re-see the world. I came across the story of William Blake, who saw angels in a tree on Peckham Rye at seven years old. His parents didn’t believe him and he got into trouble for “lying”. I wanted to create real-life angels for children to believe in, because adulthood and experience are much over-rated. And actually, parenthood is a much happier experience when you have time to see the world as your child does.”
Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s national contemporary dance company. Under the direction of Fleur Darkin, the company is committed to producing excellent and daring work that is led by the power of the dancing body. Scottish Dance Theatre commissions the most exciting choreographers – from all over the world – to make bold new works on our committed team of outstanding dancers. The company tours throughout Scotland, nationally and internationally with recent tours in USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, India and many European countries.
Sun 20 May 2018
The Lowry, Salford
1pm & 3.30pm