URBAN MOVES INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL WITH
BIG DANCE 2006!
Friday 21 July Bury
Saturday 22 July Central Manchester
Urban Moves, Manchesterâ€™s feast of new and surprising outdoor
performance is on the town again on Saturday 22 July. Inspiring,
unusual and above all exciting dance events will be up in the air, off
the wall in Exchange Square, and kicking heel in Cathedral Gardens.
Urban Moves is an official festival of worldwide Cities That Dance and
this year leads Manchester with an exhilarating programme for the UK
wide Big Dance.
Big Dance is a national celebration of dance presented by partners BBC,
Arts Council England and everybody who takes part! A huge range of fun
dance events are taking place throughout the country with celebrities,
dance experts, parents, kids and grand-parents dancing live in the
streets, in schools, arts centres, parks, museums, theatres and
THE BIG DAY
Wired Aerial Theatre
BUNGEE-ASSISTED DANCE BRITAIN
Venue and times tbc
Wired Aerial Theatre are the only company in the UK to dance in this
way - an exhilarating and awesome performance that tricks gravity and
has a real bounce in its step!
Wired Aerial Theatre create both stunt spectaculars and small scale
cutting edge work. They performed the finale at the world premiere of
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in New Zealand.
DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCE SPAIN/CATALONIA
Cathedral Gates (opposite the Mitre Hotel) 12.45PM, 3.30PM
Also in Bury, Fri 21 July at 3.00pm Town Centre
Spainâ€™s leading exponents of open air dance present Capricho, a story
conceived on a rooftop in Barcelonaâ€™s Gothic quarter in the midst of a
summer drought. From the ancient, everyday rites carried out by water
bearing women and contemporary Mediterranean rooftop life, comes a
surprising piece boasting quite a bit of water and some subtle humour!
WALL DANCE PERFORMANCE FRANCE
Exchange Square 1.45PM, 4.30PM
Also in Bury, Friday 21 July at 1.00pm Town Centre
A duet on a climbing wall combining dance and acrobatics, Moi Moi is a
romantic chase in an upside down world where hands are feet and
vertical is horizontal. Or is it the other way round?ï¾‰
Freedom In Dance
CROSS GENERATION PERFORMANCE BRITAIN
What You Looking At?Â orÂ 'In Da Hood'Â
Exchange Square 12.30PM, 2.15PM, 5.00PM
Urban hoodie teenagers and children meet suburban grandmas! Specially
commissioned for the festival this is a witty and humourous piece with
local people aged 8 -Â Â 80 performing a mix of street dance and tea
dance glitz. Choreographed by Resonance Dance.
SHORT FILMS BRITAIN
Exchange Square Big Screen
Showing from 9.30AM â€“ 1.00PM and from 5.15PM
Facedance recording from 11AM
What is a Facedance? It's dancing with your face, of course! Everyone
listens to music and dances in their head and Facedances are video
portraits of people from all and any walks of life listening and
dancing with their faces to their favourite pieces of music. Throughout
the day the Big Screen will show the Facedances of the people of
Greater Manchester filmed by Jonathan Stone. Bring along a CD to the
information stall in Exchange Square to record your very own Facedance
and watch yourself appear on screen above the crowds later on!
Facedances celebrates the expressive power of the face and the everyday
uniqueness of us all, high brow, eyebrow and low brow included! Watch
out for the other Facedance monitors throughout the cityï¾‰
A GREAT BIG DANCE PARTY! WORLD
Presented by Lanternhouse International
Cathedral Gardens 7.30PM â€“ 10.30PM
Glo.Bal is a full on participative outdoor dance extravaganza for all
ages, abilities and musical tastes. Bal- publique, meets club meets
21st century barn dance. A band, DJ, caller and two dance demonstrators
Â teach you salsa, tango, rumba, trance, bollywood, african, jazz Â and
many others - then itâ€™s up to you. Ask someone to dance, wait coyly to
be asked yourself or get that hand-bag on the floor and start shaking.
Anglo-Dutch band Salt bring latin grooves, brass and a wicked sense of
fun. You shall go to the ball...
Greater Manchester Carnival
Presented by Brouhaha International
Parade from Albert Square 1.00PM
Performances Cathedral Gardens 2.00PM, Exchange Square 2.30PM
Featuring hundreds of local participants along with dance and dancers
from Spain, Turkey, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Reunion Island, Germany, Costa
Rica, Palestine and Martinique!
The Bigger Picture Collective Rhythm : Dance, Moves and Rhythmic
Showing from 9.30AM
The Big Screen in the square will also show a series of dance films
presented by The Bigger Picture (Cornerhouse). A diverse range of dance
and movement inspired film will include work from the Film Collection
of the Arts Council of England, and from Rachel Davies, Susan Pui San
Lok, Shelley Love and Rob Vale to name but a few. Also screened will be
work selected via The Bigger Pictureâ€™s Open Submission round in May of
LIVE DANCE ON AIR
The Big Dance Class
Cathedral Gardens 11.00AM â€“ 12.40PM
BBC TV and Radio
Live on BBC Radio all over the country, 2000 people at a time in
different cities will dance to the same tune by following a class live
on the air. Be one of Manchesterâ€™s 2000, come on down!
In the evening a special BBC programme, Dancing in the Streets, will
take a look at the Big Dance events across England and include live
coverage of a mass dance spectacular from Trafalgar Square, London.
A huge attempt to break world records in dance and get the nation
dancing together as never before!
AND IN BURY ON FRIDAY 21 JULY
Lezartikal perform at 1.00pm Town Centre
Senza Tempo perform at 3.00pm Town Centre
All events are free.Â For further information visit
Urban Moves is presented by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester in
association with Manchester International Arts. Urban Moves is a
bi-annual festival occurring only in 2006 as a partner of Big Dance.
The next full Urban Moves Festival takes place July 2007
Urban Moves 2006 is funded by ACE, MCC & Bury Metropolitan Borough
NOTES TO EDITORS
Dance Initiative Greater Manchester
DiGM is the dance agency for Greater Manchester, and a partner in
national dance agency Dance Northwest. DiGM runs creative projects
throughout the region, and provides grants, advice and information.
Projects include the Urban Moves Festival; a collaboration with the
Commonwealth Film Festival When Dance Meets Film; Danceworks 2006, a
community dance showcase; Youth dance showcase; Older People Dancing,
dance provision for older people; Connect a professional artists
network; African Peopleâ€™s Dance Development; Dance Audience Development
with Arts About Manchester www.digm.org
Manchester International Arts
MIA are the organisers of the Garden of Delights, Streets Ahead and
major open air events and festivals in Manchester. As with all their
projects, they will be helping to present innovative and unique
international and British acts with the aim of creating an exciting and
energetic atmosphere in Manchester City Centre. www.streetsahead.org.uk
The Bigger Picture & The Big Screen
The Cornerhouse, working in partnership with BBC and Manchester City
Council, established The Bigger Picture to exhibit selections of the
best moving image work being produced today, on the Big Screen situated
in Exchange Square, Manchester. The programme offers a platform for
artistsâ€™ film & video, short films, and artistic community moving image.
The Bigger Picture is a curated programme that screens and commissions
work, but also calls for entries up to five times a year.
The Big Screen Manchester is a 25 square metre video screen with full
sound system, and is housed in a busy public area of Manchester
regenerated after the IRA bomb in 1996. The Manchester screen
broadcasts 24 hours a day, with sound muted from midnight to 7.00am.
The Bigger Picture programme is up to 45 minutes in duration and runs
five times a day, Monday â€“ Friday at 12noon, 2.05pm andÂ 5pm and at
various times throughout the weekend. This schedule is subject to
The Big Screen, Manchester, is part of a UK BBC Big Screen network and
also works to generate opportunities and partnerships with
international screen sites.
Manchester City Council
Urban Moves is part of Manchester City Council's annual events
There is a variety of events taking place throughout the city all year.
highlights include: the Enchanted Evenings; Futuresonic International
Festival; 2006 Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival and 24:7 Theatre
Festival. Â For a complete list and updated information visit
or call Manchester Visitor Information Centre
on 0871 2228 223 for a full 2006 Events Calendar.