Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

Photo Heather Birley dancing under a white spot. Her limbs are splayed out in a white circle as though a like is shining on her


Our friends from the contemporary cross-genre ensemble, Propellor, gave us a wonderful performance of Loom in March 2020. Writer Jack McNeill had a vision to include dance in his tour. Working with dancer Heather Birley, we are delighted to share their wonderfully moving and atmospheric piece, Body of Water

Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbria)

Pink Quotation Marks

Wonderful, enthralling, mesmerising multi-dimensional sound that breathed in and out and took us with us wherever it went. The dissonances and cadences danced around in the body. Magical." Audience Feedback

Pink Quotation Marks

The abstract visual elements were quite meditative. Beautiful ensemble playing, melodic, lyrical, jazzy – Reichian in parts. I loved it!" Audience Feedback 

Pink Quotation Marks

Loom – outstanding, memorable – the time disappeared." Audience Feedback  

Group Propellor stand in a group outside against industrial looking buildings

Clarinet – Jack McNeill
Cello – Clare O'Connell
Dance and choreography – Heather Birley
Camera and editing – Robin Beatty
Audio recorded in isolation, edited by Cameron Malcolm, mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm.

Heather Birley's contribution to the performance of Loom in Nottingham was supported by Dance4 and Lakeside Arts

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