CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS WHO PERFORMED AT THE EMPIRE
CALLING ANYONE WHO HAS PERFORMED AT THE EMPIRE THEATRE ( now Festival Theatre) EDINBURGH
The Festival Theatre Edinburgh would like to hear from dancers and performers who have previously performed on the stage at the old Empire Theatre. We would love to know your stories as part of a new arts project with dance-maker and choreographer Janice Parker. We are interested in hearing from dancers and performers who are now living with dementia.
If you are living with dementia and interested in being involved in an arts project please get in touch with Paul Hudson at the Festival Theatre telling us who you are, giving us your contact details and a brief outline of your connection to the Empire Theatre e.g. when you performed and what show you performed in.
The Festival Theatre Edinburgh has received funding from the Life Changes trust to help the venue become dementia friendly and is working with Janice Parker Projects on a new arts project. For more information contact Paul Hudson 0n 0131 622 8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Empire Theatre
The Empire Theatre – built on the site of the former Empire Palace Theatre - opened on 1 October 1928 with the musical Show Boat. From 1928 to 1963 the Empire was a variety, musical and opera house, often including ice shows. Big names like Harry Lauder, Charles Laughton, Fats Waller, Joe Loss, and Laurel and Hardy appeared. Jack Buchanan, Max Wall, the singing cowboy Roy Rogers and his horse drew large audiences and Bruce Forsyth, Morecambe and Wise and Harry Worth cut their comic teeth at the Empire. Margot Fonteyn and Moira Shearer danced here; Gracie Fields, Judy Garland and Sophie Tucker sang.
From 1946 to 1963 the Empire was one of the main venues for the Edinburgh International Festival, and was particularly associated with international ballet. At the first Festival in 1947, the Empire saw Margot Fonteyn in The Sleeping Beauty. At other times the Old Vic, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera visited.
About Janice Parker
Janice Parker is an award winning independent choreographer and dance-maker. She creates performance, devises and facilitates performance based projects, is active in dance development, regularly teaches and collaborates with people of all ages and abilities, mentors professional dance artists and organisations, occasionally writes about dance, and performs.
She is a dance artist with a distinctive voice. Her work is responsive to context, situation, place and, most importantly, the person. Originally Laban Movement trained, a primary focus of her work is the exploration and development of new movement vocabularies, creative possibilities, and the aesthetic potentials that come from non-traditionally trained bodies moving.
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland and working national and internationally Janice works with people of all ages and abilities often mixing the community and the professional dance worlds. Much of her current work is in collaboration with disabled performers. She is committed to bringing the work of disabled artists to more prominence and has created a rich body of collaborative work. Her choreography might easily involve a hundred or more performers in large scale works, or be an intimate solo portraits focusing on the voice of a single performer.
She creates live performance, movement for theatre, dance for camera, cross media installation, lectures and text. Her art-work is fundamentally an intervention. She is an artist interested in context and placement and in the outcomes of collaborative and socially engaged practice. In 2005 Janice was awarded a Creative Scotland Award that resulted in the publication ‘Take A Look At What is Actually There’, and in 2010 her work Private Dancer received a Herald Angel Award.