Ana Gallardo: A Place to Live When we are Old

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Ana Gallardo: A Place to Live When we are Old
Courtesy of Ana Gallardo, Mario Gomez Casas, Ramiro Gallardo and Parasol unit, London. Photograph: Mario Gomez Casas
'A place to live when we are old' by Ana Gallardo

Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art presents the off-site project 'A place to Live When we are Old', a participatory, inter-generational, dance-based piece by Argentinian artist Ana Gallardo. Bringing people of all ages together through dance, this week-long event sees three Mexican amateur dancers in their seventies offering demonstrations and lessons of danzón, a typical Mexican dance, to members of the public. The event takes place on a purpose-built dance floor in Bishops Square with accompanying music, a site-specific wall drawing and a video projection. In Mexico City, where the artist lived for many years, the culture of danzón is popularly enjoyed by senior people in public squares. For Gallardo, the project challenges the notion of growing old as being associated with physical or mental decline. The project's central themes are hope, community and enjoyment.


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