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Dance on Water: summer 2016

This summer our canals and rivers will be brought to life by an amazing group of young dancers

Dance on Water participants

This summer our canals and rivers will be brought to life by an amazing group of young dancers.

Working with the world renowned Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne, Dance on Water will see 20 young people taking a unique canal journey on which they will devise and rehearse a brand new dance piece, inspired by the waterways they pass through.

Starting in Birmingham on 1 July, the team will travel by boat to Salford over the course of seven days, before performing at The Lowry in Salford, as part of the National Youth Dance Festival. They’ll then return to Birmingham for a performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

All aged 16-20, the dancers have been selected following rigorous auditions throughout April, led by outreach professionals from the Lowry and Hippodrome, that saw over 100 people attend workshops in an effort to get a place on the trip.

Tim Eastop, executive director for the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme, said:

“Dance on Water is set to connect Birmingham and Salford through contemporary dance and waterways, boosting the participants’ confidence, creativity and confidence. It will be a very special collaboration between young people, Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed Re:Bourne company, two highly regarded international arts venues, and local people along the stretch of 200-year old canals.

"Travelling along the canal network at not much more than four miles an hour offers the young people the chance to enter a slower, mindful world - escaping everyday life and the pressures that come with it. There can’t be many dance companies waking up to the gentle lapping of water and so close to wildlife. It’s a unique environment, one we hope inspires the dancers and choreographers ahead of the performances at the Lowry and Hippodrome."

Dance on Water is being funded by Arts Council England, the Canal & River Trust, CHK Charities Ltd, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Tony Hales and supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery

For updates on the project, follow #danceonwater2016 on Twitter

More information about tickets for the performances will be available shortly

Last date edited: 8 June 2016