Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland's most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies who has gained critical international acclaim performing in festivals and venues across the world. Join them for their new work, Family Portrait, from 12th-22nd Aug at Dance Base, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Family Portrait is an in-person immersive and interactive video installation for all ages. The perfect reintroduction to attending the theatre, Family Portrait will be screening to one extended household of up to six people at a time giving you a safe, unique and immersive experience just for you and your family to enjoy together.
Projected across four screens, Family Portrait combines striking imagery and
choreography, capturing Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her three children in an intimate portrayal of family life.
Audiences will see the family through choreographed sequences and more candid, natural ‘off camera’ moments as they encounter and embrace the many different landscapes of Scotland. With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mother in bark.
The work takes us on a geographical and emotional journey, giving the audience an in-depth insight into what it is to be a mother and a single parent to three young children. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is – responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and, most of all, love. A celebration of getting out into nature, it invites you into an intimate journey of family relationships with all its relentless and glorious chaos!
There is a playfulness in the way the piece is edited across the four screens and, sat on swivel chairs in between the screens, you have the chance to do your own edit as you watch, to follow what you find interesting, what captures your attention.
“Dazzling and full of depth… a powerful immersive experience" ★★★★ The Scotsman
"beautifully clear, crystal sharp cinematography" The National
"A film experience that speaks with tremendous eloquence about the intense renewed relationship with the natural world that has been part of the lockdown experience for so many millions, and about what we can pass on to our children, and they can teach us, in a time of such global crisis." ★★★★ The Scotsman
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