The film of Westbury Arts Centre’s For the Fallen, the development of the banners, the dancing and the finale…
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Experience a large-scale commemorative dance at Campbell Park against the backdrop of 500 hand-made banners all inspired by WW1.
Sunday 5th July – FREE Event – two performances at 3pm and 5pm.
Westbury Arts Centre have been working with talented textile artist Vinny Stapley, schools, community groups and residents of Milton Keynes, between then they have produced over 500 commemorative banners. These banners will form part of a large-scale dance piece, choreographed by Helen Parlor, Effie McGuire-Ward and Chris Bradley, that involves over 100 dancers and will move around Campbell Park. Inspired by stories from the Great War and addressing themes of conflict, this will be a beautiful act of commemoration.
The banners will also be displayed at Westbury Arts Centre from 11th – 31st July.
For more information about the Great War MK project please visit our blog.
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Forget dancing in the street, this May is all about dancing in the park!
MÓTUS Dance Festival is back again for 2015 on Sunday 31st May.
Performances will kick off in and around MK Gallery before moving on to new pastures in Campbell Park. The festival will feature professional and community dancers alikeanimating the sites in central Milton Keynes.
The event is free to attend and there are two opportunities to catch the action. Audiences are invited to meet at MK Gallery at either 3pm or 5.30pm from where they will process to Campbell Park with the performance culminating at the MK Rose.
Helen Parlor, artistic director for MÓTUS, commented: “The premise of this year’s festival is to support and commission dance artists/ companies to come and make work here in Milton Keynes. Instead of presenting pre-existing work, companies have selected sites around Campbell Park and MK Gallery to interact with, in order to create original and vibrant performances.”
The line-up of professional companies visiting Milton Keynes as part of MÓTUS includes ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Ceyda Tanc Dance and Inverted Company (Tamzen Moulding). With influences ranging from contemporary dance to Turkish folk dance to acrobatics, the performances are set to be a visual feast.
Local schools are jumping on board with students from Denbigh School and The Grove Independent School working with professional choreographers on commissions. Young people from Milton Keynes based Initiate Youth Dance Company will also perform as part of the unfolding promenade.
Also getting involved is Mark Niel, Poet Laureate for Milton Keynes and Development Officer for the MK Rose. Mark will be presenting a newly commissioned poem and might even don his dancing shoes for the occasion.
An event which all the family can enjoy, MÓTUS 2015 will be a fun and cultural afternoon out to wrap up the half term holiday.
As a prelude to the main event, the MÓTUS team will present a work in progress platform on Friday 29th May at Centric MK in Linford Wood. Here, audience members will be able to give direct responses to the work on show – feeding into the creative process and development of new work.
For further information, contact Effie McGuire Ward at MÓTUS: 07986404179 / firstname.lastname@example.org
MÓTUS Production Team:
Artistic Director: Helen Parlor
Assistant Directors: Chris Bradley & Effie McGuire Ward
Full Programme line-up of Artists/ Companies:
Charlie Brittain, Ceyda Tanc Dance, Julia Cheng, Club Mob, John Darvell, Initiate Youth Dance Company, Inverted Company, Chloe Tasker, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.
Tickets for Work in Progress Event:
Festive Road is looking for brass, wind and percussion players who would like to take part in Paraffinalia, a fire festival in Campbell Park on 20th December 2014. We invite you to accompany us on the darkest of days…
Over November and December we are offering music workshop sessions which will culminate in a processional piece and a musical performance to accompany the fire sculptures and performances which we have planned. This is an amazing opportunity to work with Musical Director Tim Hill, of the infamous Tongues of Fire. Have a look at his website: http://www.tongues-of-fire.co.uk/
The musical rehearsal sessions are as follows:
Wed 26th November, 7-9pm at Bath House, Wolverton
Wed 3rd December, 7-9pm at Bath House, Wolverton
Sat 13th December, 11am -4pm at Parks Trust, Cricket Pavilion, Campbell Park
Sat 20th December, morning rehearsal tbc and performance 7-9pm
It’s not essential that you attend all the sessions as long as you can attend at least two and the event itself of course!
Please contact Jessica or Jitty at Festive Road if you are interested in taking part:
If you want to know more about the event itself, please do have a look at our website: www.festiveroad.org.uk
28th June is outside the MK Gallery in Margaret Powell’s Square. We have companies which include Motionhouse, Ffin Dance Company, Theo Clinkard, Anjali and a specially commissioned wall running piece at the gallery by Vanessa Cook who was one of the aerialists for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremonies and who has performed with Motionhouse and Lyndsey Butcher.
All of the performances on Saturday are free; there is a dance on camera workshop with only fifteen places available at the gallery on Saturday which is £20 each.
On Sunday the events are ticketed and include workshops in Ballet, Contemporary, Street, Salsa, Integrated Dance and Indian dance.
There is a matinee show with Ffin Dance Company and Anjali followed by a work in progress panel and show.
Lastly at 6:30pm and 8:30pm we are proud to present acclaimed choreographer and performer Theo Clinkard and his company with his new work ‘Of Land And Tongue’ which is being performed in the round.
The festival is being supported by Arts Council England, Arts Gateway MK, MK Community Foundation, MK Council, MK Festival Fringe and The Venue MK and forms part of the Made in MK summer listing.