In November of 2011 I was contacted about a project to run as part of the “Cultural Olympiad” celebrating this country’s rich culture and the coming Olympic Games.
The project was called “The Moment When…“ and would culminate in performances in Chester, Warrington, and Tatton Park.
As it was organised by Cheshire Dance, the invitation was open to groups in Cheshire and over 7 months we would develop choreography and rehearse until the night of the big show.
We were helped by Monitora Moranguinho of CDO Chester who worked as a facilitator for Cheshire Dance, and would also be taking part in the shows. Also taking part in the Chester show would be Contra-Mestre Piolho
After practising in typical UK weather (ice, rain, wind, sunshine…) we worked out the details and set about rehearsing.
As the big day arrived, rehearsals became longer and more frequent, and due to the use of Pyrotechnics, the show taking part at night, and the rainy weather forecast, we had to make sure we were well prepared.
The day: June 16th, 2012, kicked off with the Orford Festival with stalls, sports and live bands, and at 10:30pm as dusk fell…the show started!
The Moment When…
Breakdancers, acrobatics, aerial performers and pyrotechnics among others made the show look amazing! There were groups representing every age group from kids to grandparents and the show gave an accurate take on the variety of groups out there for people to get involved with.
All those involved agreed that the end result was great and worth all the hard work and time put in – definitely an experience to remember!