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A new dance, art and video project reconnecting care homes residents with their community.

At the end of 18 months that has been extraordinarily difficult – especially for people living or working in care homes – this new project from Balbir Singh Dance Company has been helping local residents in Leeds reconnect with their loved ones and communities.

A Dance Down Memory Lane is our new celebratory dance, art and video project that is bringing delight and hope to care home citizens, creating a beautiful red bow around a gift for residents and staff to share with their local community.

Our artists are working alongside participants in a series of workshops, to first record and then recreate much-loved local walks, interpreting them creatively through dance and on film. The routes participants used to take, and the memories they ignite, will be woven into our dancers’ interpretations, which will then be filmed along the actual routes once trodden by our participants.

These co-created films will be shared with family and friends at a series of special screenings. These will either be held at the care homes themselves or presented as a live-streamed online event. The project will conclude with the presentation of a beautiful ‘memory map’ of residents’ walks, for families, friends and staff to keep.

Residents’ recollections of favourite walks in Leeds will be recorded. The sights, sounds and smells, and the memories they evoke will be gathered. These will be interpreted by the dancers, who will recreate them on the very routes once trodden by the residents themselves.

The project in a nutshell

Dance Down Memory Lane is funded by a generous grant from Leeds Inspired so we can offer this project to you free of charge. We will deliver three sessions held either online or at your premises (outside or, if restrictions permit, socially-distanced indoors). The first two sessions will be creative arts workshops, with a final celebration event at which the results of the project will be shared with families and friends.

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art