A place to live when we are old
9 July – 15 July 2012
Launch: 9 July at 12 noon, Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents A place to live when we are old, an inter-generational, dance-based piece by Argentinian artist Ana Gallardo in collaboration Ramiro Gallardo and Mario Gomez Casas. Bringing people of all ages together through dance, this week-long event at Bishops Square, in the heart of London’s Spitalfields, sees three mature, amateur dancers from Mexico offering demonstrations and lessons of danzón, a typical Mexican dance, to members of the public.
Building on the success of Kate Gilmore’s Walk the Line, the inaugural Parasol Public project staged in June 2011, Parasol unit is now presenting this participatory, site-specific project. A place to live when we are old premiered with great success at the 29th São Paolo Biennial in 2010. For its London debut, Ofelia Martinez Herrera, Marvan Pale and Lucio Romero Rojas, three dancers in their 70s, give presentations of danzón and encourage the public to join in. A place to live when we are old takes place on a purpose-built dance floor in Bishops Square with accompanying music, a site-specific wall drawing and video projection that together create a dynamic social environment.
Parasol unit will be the first UK institution to show the work of Ana Gallardo. Born 1958 in Argentina, Gallardo has exhibited throughout South America, North America and Spain.
A place to live when we are old will feature in Big Dance 2012 festival.
The project takes place in Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London, E1, from 9–15 July 2012, Monday–Saturday, 12 noon–7 p.m and Sunday 12 noon–4 p.m. Admission is free. The project launch is at 12 noon on 9 July. The dance floor is wheelchair accessible; seating is available. Groups and individuals of all ages are welcome.
This project is generously supported by:
CONACULTA: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom