Performance & Dance

(B)old Communities

Part of (B)old

See bold performance work from artists challenging society’s perceptions of age.

Come along for an afternoon featuring pieces by artists and communities who are challenging people’s perceptions of what work created and performed by older artists can be.

(B)old Communities is a celebration of people who are challenging society's perception of age through arts and creativity.

Experience performances from across art forms and hear from those making the work about what drives their creativity and how their projects are impacting people's day-to-day lives and the wider community.

Performers include:


Dissidents are a dance company for performers over 55 years old. The Company makes bold and relevant pieces of art and seeks to challenge expectations of senior dance companies. They have performed at venues including Sadlers Wells and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Older Women Rock!

Older Women Rock! creates pop-up political art spaces to raise awareness and explore issues facing early-old-age women in their late-50s to early 70s. Through performance, poetry, fashion, film, workshops and talks the project celebrates early-old-age women, challenges their invisibility and aims to subvert dominant assumptions and prejudices. The project is founded and led by spoken word poet, activist and lecturer Leah Thorn.

D2D Dance Company

D2D Dance Company is a performance-based elders company which meets once a week at The Bull Theatre in Barnet. The Company has built up an excellent profile since it began five years ago and has performed regularly in both community spaces and theatres including Sadler's Wells and as part of the Elixir Festival in 2014.

Silver Cheerleading Squad

The Silver Cheerleading Squad are a team of senior cheerleaders assembled as part of a project by Silverfit. They choreograph and perform routines to a variety of popular tracks and have performed at a variety of venues and events. Silverfit works to promote happier, healthier ageing through affordable physical activity while combating social isolation and improving older people's quality of life.

Complicité & Spare Tyre

Founded in 1983, Complicité is an international theatre company based in London, led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The company has played in more than forty countries and won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicité runs an extensive Creative Learning programme with recent projects including Like Mother, Like Daughter and Tea.

Spare Tyre is one of the UK's leading participatory arts charities, with 40 years experience of producing bold and powerful theatre with voiceless communities. They use innovative performing and digital arts to challenge prejudice and transform lives, enabling unheard stories to be shared. Recent work with older people includes The Garden, a multisensory performance for people with dementia, and The Promise, a co-production with older people exploring the moral complexities of assisted dying.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
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