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On Your Marks for the Cultural Olympiad

16 September 2010


Diver Tom Daley is one of the sporting elite who have been filmed for a dance and film project for the Cultural Olympiad.

Events will take place at the Live Sites in Plymouth, Bristol and Swindon where live dancers will perform against the backdrop of a specially commissioned film.

The project, which is a partnership between Arts Council England, Dance South West and the BBC, uses Peter Anderson’s film in which choreographed shadows of dancers and elite sport athletes appear to leap, jump, spin, dive off and run up urban sites across the cities of Plymouth, Bristol and Swindon.

Choreographer Jules Laville has created a dance piece which will be performed live with the film by six professional dancers who will be joined by a dance youth group in each location.

Arts Council England’s South West Director Phil Gibby said:
‘Hundreds of people will be able to enjoy these free performances which use dance and film. By drawing their inspiration from the sporting elite and from the locations in which they take place, these performances will appeal to all sorts of people, helping us to make great art available for everyone.’

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said:
‘We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now – three years out from the start of the Games. I congratulate everyone involved in On Your Marks for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.’

The performances will take place:

Big Screen, Armada Way
18 September at 1.00pm

Big Screen, Millennium Square
19 September at 2.30pm

Big Screen, Wharf Green
26 September at1.30pm and 2.30pm      


Notes to editors

On Your Marks is delivered by Dance South West in partnership with Arts Council England, BBC, Bristol City Council and Swindon Dance.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.