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On July 31st and August 1st and 2nd, St Helen’s Town Centre was brought to life with street performance, circus and contemporary dance.
Merseyside Dance Initiative worked Heart of Glass Project, The Citadel Arts Centre and St Helen’s Council to bring a vibrant and exciting international dance programme to the town as City Steps met St Helen’s Summer Streets Festival 2014.
The dance programme ran across the three days and includes stage and strolling performances on Church Street as well as site specific pieces in partnership with Tyrer’s Department Store on Bridge Street. Gary Clarke, one of the UK’s leading choreographers, also lead a residency with a group of dancers from St Helen’s to create a specially commissioned new work for the festival.
Dance Companies and artists included:
Axial Dance – Manchester
Company Chameleon – Manchester
The Jiving Lindy Hoppers – Southport
Stopgap – Farnham
Ballet Nimba – Guinea / Cardiff
Nicoletta Cabassi and Simona Lisi – Italy
Kali Chandrarasegaram – London
China Pearl – Liverpool
Growing Older (Dis)gracefully – Liverpool
Taciturn – Liverpool
Gary Clarke – Leeds
With workshops led by:
Polly Scott – Liverpool
Lamin Dumbuya – Sierra Leone / Liverpool
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An international outdoor dance festival, featuring dance works from the UK and abroad, made up of stage based performance, strollers and animations in shop windows, steps, shopping precincts and railway stations.
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