Moving Earth

This Saturday 2nd June ACE Youth will be taking part in Moving Earth, a large-scale, visually-spectacular performance as part of Birmingham’s Big Jubilee Weekend. Organised by sampad, the project unites more than 200 dancers from across the West Midlands.

Moving Earth is one of sampad’s biggest projects to date: a lively dance extravaganza taking place this summer as part of Dancing for the Games*

sampad has brought together 240 dancers (20 groups of 12) from across the region for Moving Earth, representing a dazzling array of styles including Bollywood, Bhangra, Indian folk dance, HipHop and contemporary African and UK dance.

Led by Directors Gail and Ian Parmel and ACE Youth Group Leader Iona Waite, ACE Youth have created a new 3 minute dance piece taking inspiration from the element Water. Stimulated by the choreography of Delhi-based choreographer and dancer Santosh Kumar Nair, all the groups involved have developed their own new routines exploring Moving Earth’s central theme of ecology, taking inspiration from the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Space.

The Moving Earth images you can see here are of ACE Youth at our ACE dance and music studio in Digbeth, when we were visited by OutroSlide Photography.

Personal message from sampad’s Director, Piali Ray OBE:

This is going to be a performance with a real WOW factor! The dedication, commitment and talent of all of the dancers has helped to bring Moving Earth alive and it will be a truly impressive sight to see all of them coming together in their colourful costumes, showcasing their different dance styles. Come and join us and be part of the celebrations!”

So, come along to Chamberlain Square this Saturday 2nd at 2.45pm and be amazed by the power of Moving Earth.

*Dancing for the Games is inspired by London 2012 and is part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, which is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, as well as Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands.