Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into light — Rumi

Retired Not Tired’ is a dynamic and exploratory programme of music and dance run by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for older adults aged 60+. This multimedia performance, presentation and discussion event explores the programme’s combined music and dance group, ‘All Singing All Dancing’, framing the group’s creative work with a critical conversation between researcher, participants, facilitators and the public.

Having worked together since 2012, ‘All Singing All Dancing’ participants have developed a highly imaginative, collaborative and reflective way of creating new work, facilitated by vocalist and composer Natasha Lohan and dance artist Donna Ford. Over the last six months, the group has developed a multimedia performance piece based on the theme of water (including an experimental short film) entitled Lifestream. The piece explores ideas of the life cycle and of creative ‘flow’, and is shaped by movement and music devised by the group, and by a range of texts selected and written by group members.

The event will feature a performance of Lifestream, followed by a brief supporting presentation given by Trinity Laban’s research fellow Dr Kate Wakeling on her ethnographic encounters with the group. There will also be a reflective panel discussion led by Dr Wakeling and featuring the members of the group and its two artistic facilitators to explore and reflect on the process and meaning of Lifestream and the group’s creative development. The event will showcase the group’s dynamic process of critical reflection, while challenging received perceptions of older people’s participatory arts.

On the discussion panel:

Dr Kate Wakeling (Research Fellow, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

Natasha Lohan (Vocalist and composer; co-facilitator of ‘All Singing All Dancing’)

Donna Ford (Dance artist; co-facilitator of ‘All Singing All Dancing’)

Participants from ‘All Singing All Dancing’

Image Credit: Ros Cheshire, 2015