At 3 pm sharp on May 1, 2018, thousands of mainly young dancers will be transforming 33 industrial monuments in 10 European countries into a stage for the continental dance event ‚Work it Out‘. The Europe-wide dance performance celebrates the European Year of Cultural Heritage and is our main contribution to this year-long celebration.
The idea: On Labour Day, Europe will be dancing amidst industrial settings
The dancers follow the rhythm of an electronic dance version of the European anthem Ode to Joy which has been arranged by the 17-year-old musicians Paul Fanger and Paul Ostarek of Paul & Friends. The choreography of Hai Truong, dance studio Groove Dance Classes, is based on the repetitive movements of former workers and it translates them into modern dance moves.
Thousands of dancers: Teenager groups, dancing classes and clubs all over Europe are currently practicing the dance. With the performance of ‚Work it Out‘ on May 1, 2018, industrial culture will come
to life in a completely new way – for the dancers as well as for the audience.
The dance event will be accompanied by additional attractions offered by many of the participating ERIH locations. The ERIH sites include former coal and silver mines, ironworks, brickworks, textile factories and breweries. They are spread all over Europe – from Norway, Sweden and the UK in the north, to Belgium, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic in central Europe, and to Spain, Italy and Bulgaria in the south of the continent.
‚Work it Out‘ will transform these cultural heritage sites into places of shared experience by recreating the ancient spirit of technological progress through rhythm and imagination based on the speed and motion of historic machines.
Collaborative dance performance as an activity shared across Europe
You cannot personally attend the event? Be part of it via YouTube or Instagram following erih_workitout or watch the event on the ERIH website erih.net. In addition, all participants of ‚Work it Out‘ are invited to share their impressions via social media, using the hashtag #erihworkitout. Of course, TV, radio and print will also be on site to report on the performance all across Europe.
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