Elderly people from the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera are the stars of this performance on 12 and 19 December
"If you stay at home all day sitting on the sofa you just get stale. I want to get out and do things,” says Teresa, who’s just turned 83. She’s one of the people you can see on the stage of Antic Teatre on 12 and 19 December. Together with other elderly people from some of Barcelona’s central neighbourhoods she’s had a great time preparing and rehearsing for Ritme en el temps. “This project aims to give visibility to older people in our neighbourhoods through dance and movement,” explains Isabel Ollé, co-director of the project. The generic name of the project that she’s promoting is Les nostres veïnes/veïns a l'escenari de l'Antic Teatre!, and since it got started in 2012, it has been responsible for producing three home-grown shows. The neighbours taking part (with a considerably higher percentage of women) hail from the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera.
"A lot of our work is grounded in emotions. These are people who lived through a civil war and a post war period and they have a lot inside of them which dance can help them to release,” says the project’s other co-director, Quim Cabanillas. Many of the participants in the project have things to say but we’ve settled on the energy transmitted by Pilar, who nicely summarises the thoughts of her companions: “I’ve released things that I never expected; us old people are capable of everything!”
Showtime on both Monday 12 and Monday 19 December is 9pm and the performance lasts 50 minutes. Tickets, costing €6, are now on sale.
Ritme en el temps.
Where: Antic Teatre Espai de Creació.
When: 12 and 19 December.
Additional information is available here.
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