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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


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17th October 2015
Part of Family Arts Festival 2015

Free 30 minute performances at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Ipswich Museum
High St, Ipswich IP1 3QH
Free performances at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
28th October 2015
Part of Family Arts Festival 2015

Free 30 minute performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Free performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

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