In Window on Warrington, young dancers aged 3 to 23 work together to make a moving tribute to the town’s part in World War 1. They will be performing at Peninsula Barracks, Orford, base to the 75th Engineer Regiment, on Sunday 26 April.
The dancers will be part of three performances at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm in a 40 minute piece as part of a unique project that pays testament to the role of the town in World War I (1914 – 1919). The performers in the 150+ strong ensemble include dancers drawn from Warrington and beyond, featuring, Fusion and Fused groups, Velocity, Edge Hill University and Edge FWD boys dance group, and Chorley Boys. . Tickets are free. Places are limited and can be booked via the Wolves Foundation email@example.com.
There will be a final performance at the Halliwell Jones Stadium Saturday 20 June where 500 dancers will perform together as a culmination, following earlier stages of the project at the barracks in February and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery in November 2014.
Janey Moran, Cultural Engagement Manager for Culture Warrington, comments:
“This project in partnership with Warrington Wolves Foundation, funded by Arts Council England and LiveWire Warrington, is a legacy from the Rugby League World Cup 2013. Alongside the profile and experience it gives to all the dancers involved, it gives young male dancers – still under represented in dance – the opportunity to grow their skills and horizons as they will work beside more experienced male contemporary dancers as role models.”
“For everyone involved, the project has been a unique opportunity to perform on a large scale and to create work that responds to a specific place in the unique environment of the barracks. It’s a project that makes big demands on younger dancers as they learn their craft. It’s all about making a visual high impact and working in formations – very much like the drills that soldiers did in World War I and the armed forces do to this day.”