Cool Company Dance and Movement Workshops

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Please note there will be no session on Tue 17 Jan, Sessions will commence Tue 31 Jan.

Join Cool Company, a weekly dance improvisation ensemble with people aged 60+ who come together to experience how we imagine, watch, think, share and move in our everyday lives.

Using the current exhibition as inspiration, everyday movements are refashioned from the 'ordinary' to the extraordinary using a variety of exercises, imagination and humour. Radical in method and approach, the key to these sessions is the integration of social and creative elements whilst enabling participants to support each other, working together to include everybody’s experiences and placing value on differences. Sessions are facilitated by choreographer and movement specialist Deane McQueen (retired Head of Performing Arts, Leicester College, and founding member of Dance 4).

Participants can expect to learn new things and build positive relationships, whilst finding a safe space to release inhibitions. There is no expectation for participants to perform publicly and everyone has opportunity to move at their own pace within their ability. With a focus on social connection and creativity, this experience is full of movement and joy! The first session is a FREE introductory session; an opportunity to visit Nottingham Contemporary, meet Deane McQueen and other participants and ask questions.

"It has been a really special and interesting experience being part of cool company’s Tues mornings at Contemporary. Deane’s effortless, strong, witty and gentle leadership gets a whole room of non-dancers, dancing without them even realising! Inspired..." - Participant Quote

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  • Booking required. Sessions take place weekly on Tuesdays in the Space 10-12 o'clock weekly. Sessions take place on 31 Jan, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb, and 7 March
  • Designed specifically for/with people aged 60+.
  • No prior dance/movement experience needed; workshops open to all abilities - please let us know if you have access needs we can support.
  • All levels of knowledge and skill welcome; you are not required to have dance or art experience.
  • We recommend wearing loose and comfortable clothing with bare feet, socks or light flexible footwear (eg trainers); lockers are provided on site and bathrooms available to change.
  • The cost for a series of workshops is £35 (with free ArtSpeak membership) covering all six sessions; there are also a small number of free places available for people who would not otherwise be able to attend due to the barrier of cost. To sign up for a free space, please contact Hannah Stoddart / 0115 978 6133

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 20 participants to allow for social distancing, however please note the gallery and cafe are open to the public as normal.
  • Visitors and staff are welcome to wear face coverings.
  • 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+

Cool Company is 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.