Isle of Wight’s Samphire Dance Company share their Joie de Vivre on International Day of Older Persons

Isle of Wight’s Samphire Dance Company were delighted to have their film, Awakening, selected for the Joie de Vivre event

Samphire Dance Group in Borthwood Copse by Carol Walker

Yesterday (Thursday) was International Day of Older Persons and to celebrate this, Bournemouth-based Pavilion Dance South West organised an event entitled Joie de Vivre.

It’s a special compilation of dance films made by, for and with older dancers in the South West region.

Representing the Isle of Wight
Samphire Dance Company based on the Isle of Wight were asked to submit a piece and were delighted to have their film, Awakening, selected.

Samphire Dance Group by Carol Walker

Michelle Hainsworth, who directs the company, said,

“We created this film last year and were privileged to work with island film maker, Paul Windridge.

“Samphire have been together for almost four years now and we love to work on small scale projects and performances and we are delighted to represent the island in this event.”

Awakening from Michelle Hainsworth on Vimeo.

Due to the pandemic Pavilion Dance South West have embraced taking this one-day event online through Joie De Vivre Digi-Stage 2020.

The other dances are free to watch and can be seen for four days via the Website.

Report shared by Michelle Hainsworth, in her own words. Ed

Image: © Carol Walker

Friday, 2nd October, 2020 2:46pm



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4 Comments on "Isle of Wight’s Samphire Dance Company share their Joie de Vivre on International Day of Older Persons"

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A beautiful, sensitive production and a technically brilliant film. I love the woodland setting and the way in which one group of dancers is faded out and disappears to focus on the next group. The transitions are seamless. Well done Michelle Hainsworth, the Samphire dance company and film maker Paul Windridge. I know this dance company well and would recommend it to any older woman who is… Read more »

I forgot to add that I love the music, too: the wild voices of the forest and a greater spotted woodpecker drilling. The music, the choreography, the dancing and the filming together make a beautifully crafted, harmonious production.


Wot no men!

Click on the link to watch films from other dance companies in the South-west and you’ll see an older man in a group of twelve performing rope-making. They are from Bridport in West Dorset, where the main streets were designed to be long, wide and straight, especially for rope-making. I remember Michelle once saying that Samphire Dance Company wasn’t intended to be exclusively for women, but that… Read more »