Yesterday we finished installing Crossings, a new exhibition exploring the heritage of Leith. The exhibition is on display in Leith Library until 19 September. It will then move on to be displayed at Dancebase from 23 September-9 December.
Crossings was a project developed by Dancebase in partnership with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Historic Environment Scotland. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition consists of a trio of dance films which have been created by a diverse range of groups from Edinburgh in response to the vibrant heritage of Leith. They are on show alongside the museum collections which inspired the dances.
Edinburgh Tales from Upward Mobility, Unusual Suspects from Dance Base and Edinburgh Young Carers Project learned about the heritage of Leith through visits to the Museum Collections Centre, the City Art Centre and Trinity House (Historic Environment Scotland). The groups then worked with dance artists Luke Pell, Beverley Grant and Allan Irvine; filmmakers Maciej Czajka and Pedro Vaz Simões; and sound artist Barney Strachan to create new dance films which explore the history of Leith and its people.
The project launched at the City Art Centre on Tuesday. The event showcased the dance films alongside live dance performances and a display of the objects.