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The Dancing in Museums project

Everything is not as it seems in The Imagination Museum. Allow us to introduce you to Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour-guides who will bring to life a series of museum artefacts through words and movement.

The Imagination Museum has been created in collaboration with writer Anna Selby, with original music by Max Perryment. It will awaken everyone's curiosity and desire to explore the nooks and crannies of the museum space.

The Imagination Museum is a children's dance theatre piece which has been designed for promenade performances in museums, heritage sites, art galleries and libraries as part of the Dancing in Museums project. Alongside our performances, we also deliver creative dance workshops for children aged 7-11. Click here to read more information about those workshops. The development of the Dancing in Museums project was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Lincolnshire County Council, Fund NK, Derbyshire County Council and 13 museum partners. We hope, subject to funding, to continue developing our work in museums over the coming years, and are looking for Patrons to support this and other projects in the future: visit the Support page for more information. Videos of previous performances are available at the following links: Boston Guildhall, the Beaney Museum, Canterbury, and the Horniman Museum (from 3.09 onwards).

"One of the things I love about the project is that it has enabled me to take dance to environments where people can happen upon it by accident, or choose to encounter it, and that the work is particularly aimed at engaging a younger audience. It is also particularly exciting because ‘The Imagination Museum’ is always changing, as no two museums or heritage sites are the same – this brings extra challenges, but means that the work is always very alive and responsive to its environment."
"From my personal point of view it was wonderful to see the Zoology Museum brought the life in such a creative and vibrant way. For me the piece promoted the curiosity and joy people can, and hopefully do feel when they visit a museum."
"a sweet triumph of bodies making question marks in time and space"
"Lucy Starkey disappeared and then called to us from a hiding place in the gallery upstairs. This had a feeling of a childhood game of tag about it – a playful ‘come and find me’."
"Very intriguing, I was really drawn in to what was happening"
"It worked so well, we were manipulated beautifully by the skilled performers"
"enticing and engaging"
"The space was brought to life...[the movement] appealed to a childlike desire to explore and experience the space."
Audience feedback
"For me Dancing in Museums is part of a broader desire to move professional dance into different contexts," says Green. "I want to take it into places where people haven’t necessarily seen it before."
""Museums are such exciting places for a wide range of people. Whenever I talk to individuals about this project they always have a story to tell," says Katie Green"

Direction: Katie Green
Choreography: Katie Green in collaboration with the dancers, Robert Guy, Jessamin Landamore, and Lucy Starkey (with additional choreography from Carl Harrison, Stuart Waters and Hannah Wintie)
Writer: Anna Selby
Original sound score: Max Perryment
Stage Design: James Perkins
Lighting design: Sally Ferguson
Costume design: Berit Laageide
Photography: Chris Nash
Choreographic mentor: Niki McCretton
Guest practitioner: Tom Cornford
Management: Morton Bates Arts Services


Further performance information for 2015 onwards will be updated in due course, so check back for more details or email us at On this website email addresses are protected to avoid abuse by spammers..
7th June 2014
Free extract performances at 1.30, 3 and 4.30pm

Creative dance workshops for 6-11 year olds (tickets £2) from 2-2.45pm and 3.30-4.15pm

Evening performance with readings by Anna Selby (tickets £8)
Keats House
Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR
More information, including ticket details:

Workshop booking here
Evening event booking here
8th June 2014
Dancing in Museums workshop day for 7-11 year olds

10-4pm, leading to a performance of the participants’ work in the Wellington Hangar at 4pm
Brooklands Museum
Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN
Tickets £5; Book by emailing name, age and contact details of the responsible adult to 6plus2artcollective@gmail.com

More information: http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/index.php?/events/details/re-store-performance-workshop-by-katie-green/
12th July 2014
Free extract performances at 1pm and 3.30pm

Creative dance workshops for 6-11 year olds at 1.30pm and 4pm
Beaney Art Museum and Library
18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA
These performances are free, but ticketed. Visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-imagination-museum-made-by-katie-green-tickets-12005056447 to reserve your free ticket. Part of Kent Dancing 2014; presented by South East Dance

The performances will be followed by free creative dance workshops at 1.30 and 4pm. These workshops will be aimed at 6-11 year olds and will last 30 minutes.
13th July 2014
Free extract performances at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Creative dance workshops for 6-11 year olds at 1pm and 3pm
Horniman Museum
100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Free performances; meet at the entrance to the Natural History Gallery

The performances will be followed by free creative dance workshops at 1pm and 3pm. These workshops will be aimed at 6-11 year olds and will last 30 minutes.
27th July 2014
Extract performances in The Robin Hood Cave at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm

Creative dance workshops for 6-11 year olds at 12.45pm and 2.45pm
Creswell Crags
Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, S80 3LH

(If you are using SatNav, please be aware that most devices do not direct people to the centre accurately. Please use the postcode S80 3LH and then follow signs when in the vicinity.)
Tickets £5 (£3 children); book by calling 01909 720378

The performances will be followed by free creative dance workshops at 12.45 and 2.45pm. The workshops will be aimed at 6-11 year olds and will last 30 minutes.
18th and 19th October

18th October: Performances at 12.30, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

19th October: Performances at 10.30 and 12.30pm
Zoology Museum, University of Aberdeen
Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ
The performances are free, but please reserve tickets at Aberdeen Box Office.

Part of DanceLive Festival 2014

Arts Council England Lincolnshire County Council Fund NK
artsNK Derbyshire County Council Colchester and Ipswich Museums Ipswich Borough Council Terry O'Toole Theatre