Inspired not Tired: Boundless, Voices in Motion, The Befrienders and Young at Heart
Celebrating 10 years of creativity, fun, friendship, and laughter
Trinity Laban are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of Inspired not Tired; a programme of creative arts groups for older adults in the borough of Lewisham.
Sing and Spring Forth! Celebrating 10 years of Inspired not Tired
On Tuesday 10 May Inspired not Tired joined forces with Trinity Laban students to present a feel-good music and dance celebration of the past 10 years of creativity, fun, friendship and laughter. Our pre-concert talk focused on the the history and collective memories of Inspired not Tired which led to an interactive performance including highlights from the past 10 years. The performance featured Commotions – a movement piece created for the Lewisham Borough of Culture Launch Day, along with original songs written collaboratively by the groups, timeless popular tunes and more. It was a fabulous celebration and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Click on the blue links to expand the sections and see group highlights from the past 10 years.
Working with Creator & Dance Artist Stella Howard, Boundless reflected and discussed their relationship with their own bodies through explorations for With My Hands I Remember.
Voices in Motion
Inside that Time captures a year-long journey triggered by a sound walk (where participants listened to the ambient sounds during a walk outside), discovering the pockets of space, calm and collective ritual in our daily environments.
This ‘Moving Round’ was devised by the group and leaders Natasha Lohan & Bethan Peters in their weekly online sessions during the Covid-19 pandemic. The movement piece was created in response to a musical round- ‘Equinox Round’ by vocal leader Dr Dave Camlin, shared via the Natural Voice Network.
Throughout lockdown, The Befrienders found new ways of staying creative and connected online. The group led by vocal leader Natasha Lohan were challenged to re-write the lyrics of a well-known favourite. Rising to the occasion, Befriender Avril Sydee submitted her rendition of Bing Crosby’s Swinging on a Star.
Inspired by the writings of Arundhati Roy’s essay, “The Pandemic is a Portal”, Hope in Harmony is a reflective meditation written by The Befrienders and Trinity Laban students. It features a recording from a previous Sing and Spring Forth performance of the Humming Bird Chorus (Madame Butterfly – G. Puccini).
Young at Heart
As part of Lewisham’s Age Against the Machine festival, Inspired not Tired showcased their creative talents in the Grand Finale! Creative groups from across Lewisham came together to host performances and workshops for all the family to get involved in. Run in partnership with Lewisham’s Positive Ageing Council, the event coincided with Silver Sunday, an annual celebration of older people and featured a vocal solo by Young at Heart member, Michelle.
There was a large scale performance of a new piece Finale! written by composer Liz Lane and choreographer Lizzi Kew-Ross, co-created and performed by vocal and movement groups across Lewisham.
Thanks to the work of our brilliantly talented Inspired not Tired Artists. Our weekly meeting groups have enjoyed another year of exciting performances, inspiring sessions and vital social connection. We at Trinity Laban and the wider Inspired not Tired communicative are so appreciative of the incredible work Natasha Lohan, Bethan Peters, Stella Howard and Zoe Gilmour do to provide such high standards of creative engagement in the Inspired not Tired Programme.
The Befrienders and Voices in Motion
Natasha’s practice encompasses community singing, performance, sound design and teaching developed through extensive experience of a culturally democratic arts practice, conservatoire
training and improvisation. She enables others to find and enjoy their voice and experience the
benefits of collective sound and self-expression. As a trained musician and performer and
experienced teacher and facilitator, she uses her performance skills to respond and adapt to different settings, age groups, audiences and disciplines. Her work broadens the concept of music making and questions why we make music and what role it plays in our lives. Recent projects include leading the staff wellbeing choir at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, music artist for the Inspired Not Tired programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and vocalist in Nicholas Brown’s work Structural Cohesion created for the Concertgebouw in Bruges.
Stella Howard is Inspired not Tired’s Boundless dance practitioner and has been working with older adults in the borough of Lewisham for over 10 years. She facilitates a playful creative space aimed at empowering participants physicality and wellbeing, whilst encouraging connections to others and most importantly fun. As a resident dance artist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Breathe Arts Health Research, Stella creates classes which aim to be inclusive to a range of ages and mobilities.
Young at Heart
Zoe Gilmour is a London-based musician and artist with a passion for collaboration, participatory art and experimental music. Zoe is a specialist workshop leader; engaging with people of all
ages and abilities in arts, health and education settings, motivating people with additional needs due to disability, long term health conditions or dementia. An innovative trainer who understands the needs of staff and volunteers working in high stress environments; designing bespoke training sessions to inspire creativity in the workplace.
Voices in Motion
Bethan has been working within the participatory dance sector for the past twelve years as a
producer, choreographer and dance artist. Specialising in contemporary and social dance
forms, she is predominately interested in creating and producing work that has social engagement
and individual expression at its core. Prior to Dance Umbrella, Bethan worked at Trinity Laban
as a lecturer and dance artist for 10 years. From 2015-16 Bethan became the first Choreographer in
Residence at Royal Museums Greenwich.