Cultural Movement

Just over a month ago I was privileged to attend an inspirational dance and movement workshop by Dr Richard Coaten. It was called Dancing the in-between- a new paradigm in Dementia care.

The tip sheet distributed at the end of the session was titled ‘A Goulash of Music, Movement,Dance, Reminiscence & Song”
My role as Arora’s Gaelic and cultural activities co-ordinator in the Isle of Lewis, gave me scope to make my first venture into dance and movement, culturally relevant to the Hebrides.

During the quiet time over New Year, I had composed three new Gaelic song/rhymes with lots of repetition and devised a stretch and hand jive routine for my first attempt at getting armchair participants engaged.

Theme for the first part of the movement is a weaver getting a tweed beam delivered from the Harris Tweed Mill van.
Theme for part two is the plying of wool with a dealgan or drop spindle
Theme for part three is knitting a woolly vest.

Today with the support of the lovely Pauline after some live music on guitar and melodeon, we tried out the first theme.
Well!. Not only did participants contribute movement, there were voices picking up the new song. I was delighted beyond words. I can’t wait to try out part two and three and get some more wool and weaving reminiscence sessions and see where the ‘goulash’ takes us next.

Part 1 WEAVING
Clap hands on knees /Feet tapping Weaver
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
’S Tod a tighinn ga iarraidh a màireach

Driving wheel Movement Mill van
Chi sinn i tighinn van mhòr ghorm
Chi sinn i tighinn van mhòr ghorm
Chi sinn i tighinn van mhòr ghorm
‘S bidh an clò aig ceann an staran a maireach

Clap hands on knees/Feet tapping Weaving
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
‘S Tod a tighinn ga iarraidh a màireach

Arm extending to side Delivery of beam
Sadaidh iad am beam dhan an dig gu math tràth
Sadaidh iad am beam dhan an dig gu math tràth
Sadaidh iad am beam dhan an dig gu math tràth
Agus poca bhobban airson na tha dhith a snàth

Clap hands on knees /Feet tapping Weaver
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
Tha breab breab breab aig a’ bhreabadair sa bhaile
’S Tod a tighinn ga iarraidh a màireach

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