Something to Dance About was a seven-month project culminating in dance performances in public spaces throughout Lewes, East Sussex, all performed on one day in April 2006.
Led by professional choreographers, composers, musicians and designers from the area, eight new dances were created and performed by 180 amateur dancers of all ages and abilities from the community of Lewes and its surrounding areas.
The themes of these dances sprang from many of the stories and issues that touch the people who live in this place, including a dance on the floods which continue to threaten this town due to the effects of climate change, as well as a dance for parents and children on recycling and conservation, worked on in partnership with the local recycling centre. All of the costumes and the set for this dance were constructed from recycled materials and a solar-powered generator was used for the music and sound equipment.
The dances attracted an audience of approximately 2,500 people, moving from site to site on a rotating schedule throughout the day.
This project was the second of The Paddock's community arts and education events in the development of our aim of placing the arts and the work of local professional artists into the daily lives of the communities in which these artists live.