The Great Train Dance
On the Severn Valley Railway
On 23 July 2011, The Great Train Dance performers, dancers and students from throughout the region, transformed the Severn Valley Railway into a magical experience with a puzzle to solve. In a chase thriller designed for families, this fascinating performance drew all ages on the train into the world of the absurd and seduce everyone into hunting for clues both on the train and through the English landscape, with dancers dotted on platforms, by reservoirs and in fields by the beautiful River Severn.
“Steam trains have always been a big part of my family life so it’s very exciting for me to be creating a unique dance around the Severn Valley Railway. It is an ambitious but easily accessible project, which everyone can get involved in some way. The work is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and it’s going to be fun as well as an opportunity to do something completely different. It’s got national as well as regional appeal, from train enthusiasts to people who have maybe never visited the railway or seen a steam train up close before.”