Based in Glasgow since 2006, formerly known as Gilmore Productions, the company built around the artistic work of choreographer Natasha Gilmore. The company devises dance theatre works with its professional dance ensemble and with dance amateurs within the wider community. Commissions form a key element of the company's work. Past commissions include professional and non-professional works within a variety of contexts.
For its touring work draws on a range of dance and theatre disciplines in work that “deftly blends comedy and dance” Scotland on Sunday
The flavor of the work is British; it addresses contemporary social issues, reflecting our contemporary cultural identity and most importantly our sense of humour. The bold choreographic style draws on the surreal and fast pace of popular culture but also juxtaposes intimacy and fully engages its audience with all the different characters in the piece.
“Natasha Gilmore, by far the most compelling performer on view on opening night, generously eradicates all barriers between herself and her audience. At a stroke she invokes both clown and tragedienne. Brilliant…Go and apprentice yourself to Pina Bausch; you’ll end up a goddess.”
EDUCATION: COMMUNITY: PARTICIPATION
Barrowland Ballet is committed to delivering a range of dance theatre participation work within the wider community, to people of all ages and abilities, often creating small-scale performances or short films. Through such projects, the company aims to increase the understanding and enjoyment of dance. A variety of workshops and longer residencies, led by Natasha Gilmore and company members, are delivered to people of all ages and abilities, with or without experience. Workshops are designed in such a way that participants are able to work from their own level.
The company’s professional work is directly linked to its community involvement and the two are inter-dependent. The company’s professional practice informs their approach and methods of working within the community, while the content of the professional work is informed by the diverse social experiences of the community groups they work with. Community projects have led the company to work with young people, including under 5s, asylum seekers, refugees, and the over 60s.
The company's education work also encompasses professional training for dancers and actors, delivering choreographic workshops, technique classes and ‘mock’ auditions. Natasha Gilmore teaches at a number of respected institutions including: Scottish Ballet; Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; Dance House (Glasgow); Dancexchange (Birmingham) and Dance 4 (Nottingham).
The company also mentors young dance artists and choreographers, giving advice on professional development and feedback on their work. Recently, Natasha coached Sam Angell to prepare him to play the lead role in Billy Elliot in London's West End.
ACCESS AND EQUALITY
The company actively promotes audience development and diversification by performing its professional work in double bills alongside its community participatory dance works. It also encourages accessibility through offering attractively priced tickets, where possible making the events donation only, and performing in venues that are fully accessible to ensure access across all sectors of the community. The company is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on grounds of sexuality, race, gender, religious beliefs or age.
Gilmore Productions receive project funding from Scottish Arts Council.