Art project urges residents to get on their dancing shoes

Get ready to boogie the night away as movers and shakers are being called upon to take part in a participatory art installation performance of dance and music.

Artist Geraldine Pilgrim is calling for dance-loving residents of all ages and levels of ability to join in as she presents Handbag to the people of Leighton Buzzard on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Geraldine has re-imagined Handbag for every space it has been performed in, including the Barbican in London for the reopening of the Olympic Park and the opening of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Now the stage is set for Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.

Dancers of all ages and levels of ability are invited to meet Geraldine and find out more about the project on Monday, 14 March, 2016, 7.30pm at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.

Participants must be be able to attend rehearsals and the performance. Rehearsals take place on:

  • Monday April 4 from 6.30pm till 9.30pm
  • Monday April 11 from 6.30pm till 9.30pm

The Performance Day is on:

  • Friday April 15 from 2pm–10pm

Performance times are: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm.

Handbag is the final part of the ambitious Library as Laboratory art project –commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Libraries in partnership with Bedford Creative Arts and funded by Arts Council England – which is designed to explore, with everyone, the future possibilities for libraries beyond books and how they could be an even more inclusive cultural and community space.

Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Community Services, Cllr Brian Spurr, said: “The Library as Laboratory project has been a wonderful exploration into the potential of our libraries. We’ve had music, comedy, cocktails, car model-making and more so it seems fitting that Handbag will bring the curtain down on the project with a celebration.  The work will then begin to ensure that everything we’ve discovered is taken forward so that our libraries provide a full and varied cultural offer to our residents.”

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