Big Dance project puts Sydney on world stage

Big Dance project puts Sydney on world stage

Sydney’s top movers will partner with shakers from Scotland and England as part of the world’s biggest bi-annual dance festival.

Thanks in part to a City of Sydney sponsorship of $40,000, the Sydney Dance Company will lead the first ever Australian component of Big Dance 2014.

Thousands of professional, trained, untrained and community dancers will simultaneously take to the floor, choreographed by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela on 13 July 2014.

The Sydney dancers will perform at 9am on the northern forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, while simultaneously at midnight in London’s Trafalgar Square and Glasgow Pier Quay, thousands of English and Scottish dancers will join to help celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. All three events will be brought together via live link-up.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s support would help the major Sydney arts company showcase its skill on the world stage.

“The Big Dance project is a wonderful opportunity to expand the reach and impact of dance in a way that will involve our community and secure national and international media for Sydney and dance in Australia,” the Lord Mayor said.

“In 2012, five million people participated in the Big Dance project across the UK, India, Lebanon and Brazil, so this is a real opportunity to boost our city’s global reputation as a cultural and events destination.”

Anne Dunn, Executive Director at Sydney Dance Company, said the City of Sydney sponsorship would help the company engage in a global dance project that would boost their profile and promote the accessibility of dance to a wider Australian and international audience.

“This is an opportunity to create dance in an iconic location and tell a story to the world about the accessibility of dance,” Ms Dunn said.

“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to Big Dance, its been amazing.  We are at total capacity with community and school groups, dance groups and individuals young and old and all abilities, it will be an great event and a fantastic opportunity to connect with communities on the other side of the world through the sheer love of dance.”

Each year the City of Sydney offers 19 grants and sponsorship programs to support a diverse range of services and projects that directly benefit the community.

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