Dance and Movement Workshop with Cool Company

a black and white drawing of people moving through a space, including people walking in couples, people walking dogs, wheelchair users

Fully booked

Join creative sessions with choreographer/dance teacher Deane McQueen as we take inspiration from the current exhibition Our Silver City, 2094 to get our bodies moving. Designed specifically for/with people aged 60+ to come together to imagine, watch, think, share and move together.

In these weekly group workshops, participants are supported to safely work together, inclusive of each person’s experiences, placing value in our differences. Exploring the current exhibition together, using the art to inspire collective dance creations. Our everyday movements are refashioned from the ordinary to the extraordinary using a variety of simple and accesible exercises, imagination and humour. There is no expectation for participants to perform publicly and everyone has opportunity to move at their own pace. With a focus on social connection and creativity, this will be a new experience full of movement and joy!


Designed specifically for/with people aged 60+.

No prior dance experience/skill is required.

All levels of knowledge welcome; you are not required to have previously visited the exhibition or Nottingham Contemporary.

We recommend wearing loose and comfortable clothing with socks or bare feet. Lockers are provided on site.

Workshops will take place in the Space and Nottingham Contemporary galleries (NG1).

The costs of these workshops is £20 to cover all sessions; there are a small number of free places available for people who would not otherwise be able to attend due to the barrier of cost, are aged 60+, identify as part of the African, Caribbean, East, South or South-East Asian diaspora and living in Nottingham city (postcode areas NG2, NG3, NG4, NG5, NG6, NG7 or NG8). To apply for a free space please contact call 0115 9401725 or drop into our building (10-6pm weekdays or 11-5pm during the weekend) with your name, contact details, date of birth and confirmation that you meet the above criteria.

Access and Facilities

Nottingham Contemporary is a physically accessible building and our aim is to be inclusive for all; please contact us if you need more information to help you plan your visit.

These workshops will be led in spoken English; there is written information about the current exhibition available in English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Polish, Chinese and Arabic at reception.

The activity involves visiting Nottingham Contemporary's public galleries; light, portable gallery chairs are available.

Public toilets and a cafe are available on site.

Safety During Your Visit

The workshop will engage maximum 16 participants to allow for social distancing (of 2 square metres), however please note the gallery and cafe will be open to the public as normal.

Nottingham Contemporary continues to kindly encourage all staff and visitors to social distance, sanitize hands and wear face masks in public areas.

If you are experiencing Covid19 symptoms, have recently tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has, please do not attend this event.

In partnership with ArtSpeak 'art, activities and friendship for Nottinghams 60s+

In partnership with Cool Company a brand-new dance improvisation ensemble created by Deane McQueen which is different and radical in method and approach. Cool Company places older people, their aspirations, sense of achievement, rights and choices at the centre of the company. Cool Company gives voice to the unexpected, looking outwards to make new friends in safe spaces. Through ownership, individuals can fulfil their creative potential, feel positive about themselves and grow. Curiosity and experimentation are given space to thrive, nurturing radial choreography that challenges aesthetic norms and performs in unusual spaces. Visits to performances, visual arts exhibitions, and film are organised to reflect and reach beyond the groups mutual interest.

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