Invisible Dances: Art in and around Lockdown

Sat 18 Sept

The Invisible Dances are coming…

Since September 2020, the ‘Invisible Dances have quietly been creating a storm’ (Arts UK, 2021), with over 50 performances in 14 countries – and now it’s time to bring them to the Isle of Lewis!

However, when will the traces appear? Where will they manifest themselves close to your community?

The Invisible Dances is a global initiative by Elizabeth Schilling, inspired by the restrictions put upon theatres and cultural workers during the Covid-19 crisis. Respecting all local sanitary guidelines, the concept invites local dancers to meet for an unannounced performance at night.

They make their way dancing followed by Tracers who visualise the dance with natural materials or environmentally friendly and biodegradable chalk spray that washes away with the next rain – each dancer’s movement being documented, each colour representing a different dancer’s journey.

In the morning after the dance has taken place, the streets are clad in colour for the public to enjoy, to dance along, and imagine the dances no-one has seen.

Island dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to join An Lanntair Arts Worker, dancer Catriona Hill, to explore their own Invisible Dance. The workshop is FREE to attend, but enrolment is required as limited places are available. If you are interested, please email your name and contact details to David Lawson at: production@elisabethschilling.com by 17 September.

Find out more about the project at: www.elisabethschilling.com/invisibledances