The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE Mo­rar com­mu­nity has been cel­e­brat­ing the life of 19th- cen­tury dance master Ewan MacLach­lan, who hailed from Mo­rar and who went on to cre­ate the unique dances of the He­brides.

With spon­sor­ship from the Lot­tery Cel­e­brate Fund, Mo­rar Com­mu­nity Trust paid trib­ute to MacLach­lan’s artis­tic con­tri­bu­tion when he in­no­vated the dances that are now deeply em­bed­ded in He­bridean tra­di­tion.

Stag­ing the world pre­miere of the He­bridean Dance Fan­tasy on Satur­day May 27, res­i­dents in Mo­rar wanted to cel­e­brate MacLach­lan’s jour­ney from hum­ble ori­gins in re­mote Ret­land by Loch Mo­rar to mak­ing an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Scot­tish arts.

With mu­sic writ­ten by world- class Scot­tish com­poser Ed­die Mcguire and chore­ographed by African bal­let master Vincent Han­tam, a troupe of dancers show­cased the new dance, un­der the di­rec­tion of Vicky Horn.

A spokesper­son for the fes­ti­val said: ‘They stunned the au­di­ence with their sk­il­ful per­for­mance and com­plex se­quence of move­ments.’

The au­di­ence were also en­ter­tained by the Lochaber Stella Nova Choir with con­duc­tor Al McLuskey, Mo­rar singer Mairi Orr, vis­it­ing vi­olin­ist Alis­tair Sav­age from the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra and renowned cel­list Alice Allen.

The pro­gramme of events was in­tro­duced by Frank McCon­nell, who also per­formed MacLach­lan’s dance, First of Au­gust.

Pho­to­graph: An­thony MacMil­lan Photography.

Mya Clark leaps in the air as part of the He­bridean Dance Fan­tasy in mem­ory of lo­cal man Ewan MacLach­lan. The girls trained over months taught by pro­fes­sional bal­let dancers.

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