Family Portrait is an interactive video installation work, combining striking imagery and
choreography, capturing Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her three
children in an intimate portrayal of family life.
Audiences will see the family through choreographed sequences and more candid, natural ‘off camera’ moments as they encounter and embrace the many different landscapes of Scotland.
With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mother in bark.
The work takes us on a geographical and emotional journey, giving the audience an in-depth insight into what it is to be a mother and a single parent to three young children. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is – responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and, most of all, love. A celebration of getting out into nature, it invites you into an intimate journey of family relationships with all its relentless and glorious chaos!
Post-show activity gives time and space for you to explore and re-enact moments from the work, inviting you to create your own family portrait to be included in our Family Portrait Gallery.
Watch ‘How to Make your own Family Portrait’ here
Family Portrait is captioned and audio-described throughout. You can access our introductory audio-description here.
Otis Bazie Gilmore, Inigo Bazie Gilmore, Frieda Bazie Gilmore, Natasha Gilmore
Natasha Gilmore and Robbie Synge
Otis Bazie Gilmore
- Music and Sound Designer
- Support Editor
Natasha Gilmore, Aya Kobayashi & Robbie Synge
Robbie Synge, Monika Smekot, George Cameron Geddes & Elga Dudareva
- Video Consultant
Natasha Gilmore and Monika Smekot
- Audio Description
- Audio Description Advisor
Jo Walmsley, Belinda McElhinney & Raw Material Arts
- General Manager
- Production Manager
- Scenic Artist
- Scenic Construction
- Thanks to
Take Me Somewhere, Natalie and the team at Sloans, National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre, Suzie Normand, Rock at Warpro Production Services, Barrowland Ballet Board of Trustees.