Sadler’s Wells – Company of Elders

From time to time, one finds oneself watching a television programme that one wouldn’t ordinarily, choose to watch. And so it was by accident that I found myself watching BBC1’s “Imagine…Save the Last Dance For Me” a few moments ago, introduced by Alan Yentob.

The programme followed a group of pensioners who last year, took up contemporary dance for the first time. As the Sadler’s Wells’ website says :

Constantly inspiring, Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders is the jewel in the crown of the theatre’s Connect programme. Drawn from our local community, this group of 25 performers discovered dance late in life and now enjoy the immense social and physical benefits of dance. Established in 1992, Company of Elders grew out of the Sadler’s Wells afternoon over 60s club.

This remarkable group of men and women, draw upon their own experiences of life, including the war years, to present a passionate and fluidity of movement and expression that many dance students of today would be envious of. Their dedication in overcoming the whole spectrum of age-related conditions is a marvellous testament to their enthusiasm and dedication. They were truly inspiring and I felt I had to watch it through to see their performance on the world-famous Sadler’s Wells stage.

The programme is available to view until 11.24pm on Tuesday 30th June 2009 on BBC iPlayer here.


About Words of Little Relevance

Freelance stage manager; software and web tester; Excel and map geek; Tweeter; Blogger and Cake Eater. Often back-stage in and around Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire where I move scenes, or play with lights or sound.
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2 Responses to Sadler’s Wells – Company of Elders

  1. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The Company of Elders is an inspirational idea. It was a moving programme to watch, and I too, stayed up especially late last night to watch their performance.

  2. Jbee832 says:

    >I Sky+ it, and only watched it last night. It was fantastic. I can't wait to be over 65 so I can join!

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