PROJECT

Steady Past Your Grandma While She’s Dancing

Steady Past Your Grandma While She’s Dancing is a dance film uncovering the tender yet powerful unity between the four maternal generations of women in Sam’s family.

Capturing a  rare and precious moment in time, director Sam Lawrence pays homage to the everyday rhythms and routines of a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and daughter relationship, all wedded by one common love – dance. Through a patchwork of choreographed impressions, laced together with humour, reminiscence and the timeless sounds of 1930’s dance band music, Steady Past Your Grandma While She’s Dancing captures the bittersweet immortality of an inter-generational family bond.

Created in collaboration with film makers Carolyn Mendelsohn and Craig Goode and sound artist Jonathan Eato with support in kind from York University Music Department Steady Past Your Grandma While She’s Dancing has been selected for Love. Film Festival in London, Leeds International Film Festival, Tea Break Film Festival in Hull, a finalist in the York Culture Awards 2016 and screened as part of York International Women’s Festival and in a variety of community venues as a starting point for intergenerational dance workshops and dance work with older people.