Diver­sity is cen­tre stage at dance fes­ti­val

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY CALUM PETRIE

An Aberdeen dance fes­ti­val is to put diver­sity cen­tre stage as it wel­comes world class per­form­ers to the city.

Dance­live will of­fer 18 work­shops and per­for­mances at five city venues from Oc­to­ber 17-20, in­clud­ing shows cel­e­brat­ing dis­abled artists and ex­plor­ing men­tal health and LGBT+ is­sues.

Among the per­form­ers are a US dancer with a fused spine, as well as artists from the LGBT+ com­mu­nity and those with ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal ill­ness.

The acts range from chil­dren to those in their 90s.

The event is be­ing

“Al­lows peo­ple to have own voice, to feel com­fort­able”

pro­duced by the char­ity Ci­ty­moves, a dance agency based in Aberdeen, in part­ner­ship with Aberdeen Per­form­ing Arts.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ci­ty­moves Carol Benzie said: “It’s said that diver­sity is about be­ing in­vited to the party, but in­clu­sion is be­ing asked to dance.

“Dance­live is all about equal­ity, diver­sity and in­clu­sion and un­lock­ing the power to en­sure that different per­spec­tives are rep­re­sented and are able to take part.

“Dance pro­vides an en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows peo­ple to have their own voice, to feel com­fort­able and have a sense of be­long­ing.

“It crosses borders and di­vides, cul­tures and na­tions and en­ables peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to take part.”

She added: “We want to reach out to a broad au­di­ence and to reach any­one that is cu­ri­ous about dance, as well as other art forms.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit ci­ty­moves.org.uk/ dance­live

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