‘Manufactured’- Contemporary Dance Performance
17 October 2021
11:15 am - 4:30 pm
Venue Leeds City Museum
A tapestry of Contemporary Dance works throughout Leeds City Museum exploring the different perceptions of power.
There is power in stories, power which invites us in to gain a new perspective: Manufactured was created out of people’s stories.
Manufactured started from the desire to tell stories, not ones that spoke of fairy tales, distant lands and a life of extravagance, but stories from Leeds and the everyday power dynamics we all encounter. Weaving together different perceptions of power, this tapestry of Contemporary dance pieces is located in various spaces throughout the Museum and invites you to reflect on your own stories and ideas of power. Manufactured posed the question: how can we be an individual within a movement, using our unique voice whilst being part of a greater whole?
The performance is from 11.15am- 4.30pm and is continuous throughout the day. It will take approximately 1 hour for you to journey though all the live and digital works. The performance starts in the Brodrick Hall with a 20 min piece drawing inspiration from the geography, industrial history and stories of the people of Leeds. You are then invited to journey through the Museum watching and interacting with various live and digital dance works and further explore this theme of shifting power. This patchwork of dance pieces is created in collaboration with the people of Leeds who have shared their stories, dance students and people from the local community. Manufactured is part of the wider bicentenary celebrations of Leeds City Museum and is created in partnership with Leeds Methodist Mission.
About the creators:
Imogen McBeath: I am currently studying at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Chapeltown Leeds. I am really interested in creating work that centres around multiple voices, giving more perspectives than I can offer alone. I believe that activism must happen in all areas to see change, this includes debate, protests, and direct action but also art, poetry and yes, a community dance projects.
Faye Singleton: I’m currently studying at London Contemporary Dance School after studying at Northern School of Contemporary Dance on the CertHE program. I think dance is an incredible tool for activism as it can tell multiple stories at once and I don’t think that anyone watches a piece of dance and interprets it the same way.
Leeds Methodist Mission:Leeds Methodist Mission (LMM) is a city centre project focusing on reflection, wellbeing, activism and creativity. We create spaces and resources on and offline for people to connect more deeply with themselves, one another and important issues of social justice. We are exploring craftivism, meditation, mindfulness, climate change, wellbeing, Christian spirituality and much more.
We want these performances as accessible as possible. If you would like an Autism friendly performance (including volumes turn down, no flashing lights and a more descriptive outline of each piece to avoid surprises) please email us with the time of your ticket and we can arrange this. If you would like an enlarged copy of the script (for rooms which have a spoken word elements) please speak to a member of staff at the entrance before the performance starts. Leeds City Museum is also fully wheelchair accessible.
If you have any special requirements, please email us at [email protected].