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‘The Box’ name launch

The live performance took place in the middle of Drake Circus on a busy Saturday in July. Unsuspecting shoppers and passers-by witnessed the curious sight of ‘choruses’ of walking boxes throughout the shopping centre. Anticipation grew throughout the gathering crowd as the boxes congregated together and live music from around the world erupted into a stunning performance including street theatre, rap and aerial dance.

Photograph of the live performance for 'The Box' name launchCategory: Temporary
Date: 2017
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Commissioner: Plymouth City Council
Producer: Barbican Theatre
Partners: Drake Circus, Plymouth City College Performing Arts Department
Supporters: Yo! Sushi, Marks and Spencer


Project Description

The prodPhotograph of the live performance for 'The Box' name launchuction was commissioned to launch and illustrate the new name and strap line for the £37 million development of the City Museum and Art Gallery into a new cultural destination: ‘The Box – Where the Greatest Explorer is You.’

The stunning performance included aerial dancers on the surrounding shops and also showcased the stories of over 100,000 boxes, currently holding thousands of artefacts and items, to be housed in the pioneering new museum and centre.

This socially engaged performance piece generated a lot of interest around the widely anticipated development of the new cultural centre due to officially open in 2020 as part of the Mayflower commemoration. A real cabinet of curiosities for the modern age.

Photograph of the live performance for 'The Box' name launch

About the Artist

The Barbican Theatre is a dynamic charity started in 1980 with young people and the development of creative skills at its heart.

Their ambition has been to raise the standard of dance and theatre performance being produced by, with and for young people. They seek to challenge what traditional notions of theatre and dance are and liberate the imagination of young people to create fresh and exciting work that comes from new and unusual voices – voices that are often unheard.