We're bringing Metro to life in new ways through dance, song, music and visual arts projects involving people right across the region and funded by Arts Council England.
The Metro Takeover programme will see major regional arts organisations including Sunderland Culture, Dance City and Cultural Spring run community projects and commissions to be showcased at Metro stations until spring 2022.
We launched Metro Takeover with pop-up dance performances specially co-commissioned by Nexus and Dance City, and choreographed by Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company.
The new work, a dance-theatre production called REACH, was performed by 14 emerging dance artists who were part of the postgraduate company The Collective, based at Dance City. In a community-sourced narrative written by Lee Mattinson, it examined the possibilities and the optimism of re-connecting once again as the country emerges from lockdown, culminating in a celebration of the things that connect us and will support our recovery, through friends, family, community and reconnection.
REACH was performed at Park Lane Interchange, Tynemouth Metro station and Newcastle Civic Centre between Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 August 2021
The second Metro Takeover event was Society of Strays presenting their new outdoor work, Cycle, at Whitley Bay Metro Station and Gateshead Interchange Metro concourse on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September 2021.
Cycle looks at the multitude of cycles we play out in our lives on a macro and micro scale. From the monotony of our daily routines and the journeys we take, to falling in love and falling apart. It looks at our need for community and the challenges that separate us. It is set to be a truly captivating performance that taps into a range of emotions.
In a twisty, punchy, dark comical tone, the work involves a professional cast, voluntary cast and live Soprano.
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