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ERIH WORK it OUT Song by Paul and Friends


The 2nd time: Be part of Europe dancing!

3,000 young people, 32 industrial heritage sites, 10 European countries, 1 dance – that’s the success of WORK it OUT 2018. The continental dance performance clearly proved that industrial heritage is alive and belongs to all of us. Since it was great fun, it comes again next year - with new music and a new choreography!

On 1 May 2019, WORK it OUT will enter the second round. Once again, the locations are industrial monuments and museums throughout Europe, all of them being connected by the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). Featuring mines, steelworks, factories and workers‘ settlements, they are an essential part of the European DNA. For the second time, young dancers will highlight them with a powerful performance, simultaneously staged at dozens of ERIH sites and strongly reproduced via Social Media. The result will be a creative and unique performance of our common European industrial heritage.
Let‘s dance again!

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ERIH European Route of Industrial Heritage e.V.
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Am Striebruch 42 | 40668 Meerbusch | Germany
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This May 1st was a very special one: ‚WORK it OUT‘ made young people all around Europe dance - in celebration of our shared European industrial heritage. From Norway to Spain and from Belgium to Bulgaria, 32 ERIH sites were part of the event.

What was the programme like?

The day focused on the electronic dance performance ‚WORK it OUT - Day of Industrial Heritage‘, composed by 17-year-old musicians Paul Fanger and Paul Ostarek – Paul & Friends – and based on Beethoven's European anthem ‚Ode to Joy‘. The choreography of Hai Truong, dance studio Groove Dance Classes, translates repetitive movements of former workers into modern dance moves.

This kind of ‚industrial dance‘ did inspire children and particularly young people, who were the main target audience of ‚WORK it OUT‘ since it’s them who transfer the industrial heritage to the next generation. For them the dance performance was an opportunity to experience the legacy of the industrial age in a creative way – not only as a cool location but also as part of their own culture.

Over the past few weeks more than 3,000 children and young people have rehearsed ‚WORK it OUT‘ intensively. On 1 May at 3 pm sharp, they started to dance in smaller or larger groups, many of them dressed in black and equipped with the blue ‚WORK it OUT‘ cap as emblem and part of the performance. The participating ERIH locations combined the ERIH event with further visitor attractions.

The composite video of the shared dance event "WORK it OUT“

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