‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ project will bring museum collections and heritage sites to life through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops.

It will draw on the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America, and will begin in North Nottinghamshire and culminate in Plymouth.

From 2019-2020, the project will tour to 19 venues across the Midlands and South West of England, including museums, heritage sites, schools, community centres and churches.

Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers.

Photo of a performance of the Imagination Museum at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in 2016

In Plymouth, the project will be led by The Box and supported by Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture. A producer, dance practitioners and community ambassadors will be recruited from the local dance/heritage sector.

Funding secured from Arts Council England will enable the project to run a programme of free community events including performances from 2019-2020 as well as a series of taster sessions and workshops for local schools and community groups.

This engagement with communities in and around Plymouth will culminate with a weekend of performances at The Box in autumn 2020.

Choreographer Katie Green said: “We are thrilled to have been supported through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme to develop our work with dance and museums. This funding, along with the support of our other partners, enables us to work closely with communities in three key regions. We’re particularly excited to work with people who may be new to dance or museums.”

Paul Brookes, Interim CEO for The Box said: “Plymouth has been developing a relationship with Katie Green for the last couple of years through some popular performances in the Museum and Art Gallery before it closed and a series of workshops delivered in partnership with Plymouth Dance for local dancers. We’re looking forward to continuing this over the next couple of years as Katie’s innovative approach to dance and performance really brings history alive. This project will be a great way for us and everyone else involved to explore some of the many themes connected to the Mayflower anniversary.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in ‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’project, contact katie@madebykatiegreen.co.uk.

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The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, Plymouth and Bassetlaw District Councils, and delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, we create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

For more information about the company’s work visit www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemorations, please visit www.mayflower400uk.org/about/

For further details and images contact Katie Green on 07801 969943 or katie@madebykatiegreen.co.uk