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.
Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay
Producer: Hannah Sharpe
Designer: Cecilia Carey
Musical Director: Percy Pursglove
Supported by Mubu Music
PR: Lesley Wilde
Thanks to the Severn Valley Railway
The Great Train Dance was a Dancing for the Games project, funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK. The project was inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.
“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.”