An new exhibition of photographs that reimagine the spaces we live, work and travel in celebrating dance and photography have popped up in spaces around Worcester city centre until 14 May.
Choreographer and photographer, Mark Anderson of infuseDANCE, and Clare Wood of Dancefest started working with people all ages just before lockdown – in dance classes, schools, community groups, and youth dance companies. They used dance and photography to reimagine buildings and spaces in Worcester and beyond, to mark Dancefest’s 30th anniversary.
When lockdown happened, the work was paused, but Dancefest are delighted that they’re now able to share these stunning photos with you as Reimagine, a large-scale outdoor photographic trail, free for all the family to enjoy in a safe and socially distant way.
The exhibition includes photos of Lorna Crofter, a big part of Worcester’s community, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last September. Lorna was a friend and supporter of Dancefest and had taken part in many of its projects. Her photos serve as a tribute to Lorna.
You’ll find photographs in Angel Place, Crowngate, The Hive, along The Arches next to the railway, on the racecourse railings adjacent to Croft Road Car Park and in Infirmary Walk – see if you can spot anyone you know!
Rose Beeston, Artistic Director of Dancefest, says: “Reimagine says a lot about our approach to dance, working with people of all ages, often in unusual settings – learning, exploring and having fun.”
Mike Lloyd, Centre Manager at Crowngate, says: “We are delighted to be able to support such a community focused event such as this. It really is a coming together of the town for the town, in the best possible way and at a time when we need it most.
“Reimagine is a wonderful celebration of our great city thanks to the collaboration of some of the most creative people in Worcester. This cultural trail of exploration not only showcases incredible talent but also provides a fantastic event for local families to enjoy,” concluded Mike.
Clare Wood, who leads Dancefest’s work with young people, and who has managed the project says: “I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with Mark Anderson and a really wide range of people. Creating dance and movement in a place makes you see it in a whole new way. A lot of thought, care and skill by everyone involved has gone into all of these photos.”
As you travel around the exhibition, why not take your own photos or videos! You can share them on social media, tag Dancefest and use the hashtag
#ReimagineDancefest Dancefest is grateful to everyone who’s taken part in the project, and to Arts Council England, Crowngate, The Rowlands Trust, Worcester City Council, The University of Worcester, The Hive, and City Signs for all their support.
The event runs until Friday 14th May in Worcester city centre, you can find out more and download a map on the Dancefest reimagine website or visit Dancefest’s social media channels.