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Get on your bike and dance

The Bicycle Ballet needs volunteers for a Castlefield dance on 25 July

Published on June 7th 2010.

Get on your bike and dance

This July as part of Urban Moves, Manchester’s outdoor festival of contemporary dance, there’s a chance to show off your cycling skills in a highly original way.

The Bicycle Ballet , a spectacular dance performance on bicycles, is looking for 80 local cyclists to join in a mass performance in the city centre, and we need cycling enthusiasts to sign up now.

Reminiscent of Busby Berkeley’s stunning synchronized film choreography, the bicycle ballet explores the highs and lows of city cycling: the sheer joy of swerving downhill on a bike, the wind behind you and the sun on your face, tempered by the gritty reality of urban cycling.

Originally conceived by Karen Poley and directed and choreographed by Virginia Farman and subsequently performed in Brighton, London and Lille, The Bicycle Ballet has been specially commissioned for Manchester as part of this year’s Urban Moves festival.

Bicycle Ballet (c)Karen PoleyBicycle Ballet (c)Ray Gibson

To take part in this cycling spectacular you need to: have basic bike-riding skills and confidence, own a bike, be prepared to commit to some evening training sessions, a weekend rehearsal in July and, of course, the performance itself on 25 July.

No dance experience is required and all ages are welcome, although a level of cycling proficiency is required. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, email: info@digm.org.uk or call 0161 232 7179. Also take a peek: www.bicycleballet.co.uk

The Urban Moves Festival from 23–25 July is a three-day festival featuring live professional dance performance outdoors. It aims to surprise the crowds with a blend of dance and spectacle while celebrating the cityscape and architecture of Greater Manchester - out in the parks and in the fountains, in the squares and in the gardens.

(Editorial aside: That Lynda Moyo, our bully of a Health and Beauty editor, won’t let me take part because I come to work on my bike and don’t wear a helmet. She thinks I’m irresponsible, but I like the freedom. Jonathan Schofield)

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BlandJune 10th 2010.

"the bicycle ballet explores the sheer joy of swerving downhill on a bike"

Er, no it doesnt it sounds like a load of pretentions halfwits who would be useless going downhill on a bike dressing up like fools and prancing around on singlespeeds

CheesmanJune 10th 2010.

Bland is a bore. He hates anything unusual. Carry on swerving people

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