Photo By Malcom Johnson

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.