Our dance event "WORK it OUT" premiered in 2018 as ERIH's main contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Due to its success and popularity, it has since become an annual event.
The event is aimed primarily at young people (children, teenagers and young adults from school classes, sports clubs, dance and fitness studios...) who can consciously experience industrial culture and its sites and discover their significance for their own past, their relevance for the present and their potential for the future. Of course, the young at heart of all ages who want to get moving can also take part.
All over Europe, on the day of the event at 3 pm, dancing will take place in front of, in and even on imposing industrial sites, making industrial heritage an attractive place to experience.
The easy-to-learn 'WORK it Out' dance can be practised in advance using a You Tube tutorial. The music, which includes elements of Beethoven's European anthem 'Ode to Joy' in electronic dance style or as a rap version, is newly composed each year, as is the specially developed choreography, which translates the hand movements and gestures of work from the past into modern movements.
SAVE THE DATE
The next 'WORK it OUT' dance event will be held on 8th September 2024
It was that time again: We danced again at ERIH locations all over Europe (see list below).
Here you find the record of the live stream; the WORK it OUT Video 2023, a compilation of videos from participating locations, is currently being created.
Art Casting Museum. Lauchhammer (D)
Ayuntamiento de Meliana at Nolla Palace. Meliana (E)
Brandenburg Industrial Museum. Brandenburg an der Havel (D)
Bursledon Brick Works Industrial Museum. Southampton (GB)
CID at Grand Hornu World Heritage Site. Hornu (B)
Coal Mining Museum. Zabrze (PL)
Culture Brewery. Berlin (D)
Ferropolis - Town of Iron. Gräfenhainichen (D)
Finicus Workers’ Settlement. Ruda Śląska (PL)
Fundación CV Patrimonio Industrial Puerto de Sagunto. Sagunto (E)
Hall of the Century Bochum. Bochum (D)
Hansa Coking Plant. Dortmund (D)
Hendrichs Drop Forge LVR Industrial Museum. Solingen (D)
Ignacy Historic Mine. Rybnik (PL)
IK-CNCI Centre national de la culture industrielle. Esch-sur-Alzette (L)
Lage Brickworks LWL Museum. Lage (D)
Le Bois du Cazier World Heritage Site. Marcinelle (B)
Museum of Filigree. Gondomar (PT)
Museum of Metallurgy. Chorzów (PL)
Museum Nord. Narvik (N)
National Railway Museum. Entroncamento (PT)
Pfefferberg Foundation. Berlin (D)
Oelsnitz Mining Museum. Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge (D)
Old Mine Science and Art Centre. Wałbrzych (PL)
Officine Reggiane Historical Archive. Reggio Emilia (I)
PJSC "Arcelor Mittal Kryvyi Rih" Open Air Museum of Mining Equipment. Kryvyi Rih (UA)
Samuño Valley Mining Ecomuseum. Langreo (E)
Turismo Industrial. S. João da Madeira (PT)
Westphalian Salt Experience. Bad Sassendorf (D)
Zollverein Mine World Heritage Site. Essen (D)
In these uncertain times ERIH once again set a sign for European cooperation and danced together. The 5th edition of WORK it OUT happened on Sunday 11 September 2022.
As in the previous year, there was decentralized dancing at many locations in Europe at 3pm and, in addition, a live stream waspresented from our Anchor Point Hendrichs Drop Forge LWL Industrial Museum in Solingen (D). Besides the live stream of the dance there were interviews with partners on site, live broadcasts and video recordings of preparations and rehearsals.
The dance was also recorded on video again at the locations and then will be published on YouTube, our social wall and Facebook by ERIH. ERIH will again produce a video compilation of all participating locations.