A spectacular new dance piece by award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke will present a fast-forward version of LGBT history, in a moving and riotous performance commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Yorkshire Dance has produced ‘Into The Light’ for Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s week-long LGBT 50 programme. It will be a celebratory centrepiece to Duckie Summer Tea Party, taking place at Queen Victoria Square in Hull on Saturday 29th  July.

The piece looks back at landmark events in LGBT+ history over five decades: from a secret world in which homosexuality was illegal, through to the present day, as thousands of people join together for this vibrant, family-friendly performance in the open air.

Yorkshire Dance associate artist Gary Clarke (COAL) brings together a mixed cast of professional and non-professional dancers: uniting contemporary dance artists Harry Theaker, TC Howard, Eleanor Perry, Daniel Gordon, Tamar Draper, Patrick Ziza, Dom Coffey and Natali McCleary with 42 people from Hull, ranging from under 16s to over 60s, and first-time performers to those with a passion for dance. All 42 are taking part to have fun, raise awareness or support the LGBT+ community, feed-in experiences or memories from their own lifetimes, and be performers and collaborators in this unique dance piece.

The 30-minute performance will flow through the crowds at Duckie Summer Tea Party and will take place twice during the afternoon. At the very end of the performance, the thousands of people in the square will be invited to join in with a mass dance.

A video tutorial has been released for thousands of participants to take place in a mass dance [www.youtube.com/watch?v=JraWTX-8CAg] Two public workshops will be held for people to drop-in and learn the moves from the team in advance of the performances (Wed 12 July, Kardomah, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull, HU1 2AN.6pm-7pm & Wed 19 July, Duckie’s Shop, 95 Jameson Street, Hull, HU1 3JJ. 6.30pm-7.30pm, both free.)

INTO THE LIGHT: Sat 29 Jul, 1pm Queen Victoria Square, Hull, part of Duckie Summer Tea Party, free.


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