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.
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.