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Something you should see… Ana Gallardo’s A Place To Live When We Are Old

The public arm of the Parasol Unit extends a project beyond the trappings of the white cube once more, this time in the form of an interactive dance performance. If your vision of growing old involves retiring and then withering away dismally, prepare for some food for thought. Taking the phenomenon of Danzon – a dance performed all over Mexico City by the elderly – artist Ana Gallardo has recruited three mature Mexican amateur dancers to perform and teach the streets of London a thing or two about two-stepping.

Ana Gallardo

Gallardo spent many years of her life in Mexico City and was taken by this inspiring activity the elderly occupied themselves with – seemingly so contradictory to the traditional idea of old age meaning frail and immobile. The temporary dance floor will be on Bishops Square in Spitalfields and lessons and demonstrations are on offer for anyone who fancies having a try, no freedom pass required. The event is part of a wider project – Big Dance 2012 – that includes many performances and activities across the capital all in the name of getting down – sounds right up our street. (Words: Laura Thornley)

Parasol Public: A place to live when we are old runs from June 9th – 15th.  For more info, visit

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