Tanztheater at the Imperial War Museum

Did you catch our Tanztheater students give an impromptu performance in front of the Imperial War Museum? Student Cathy Burfield explains how this unusual flashmob came to be.

How can two groups with different aims come together in an hour to create one cohesive flash mob? In this case the piece we created centred on material based on childhood memories that had been developed by the Morley Tanztheater group led by tutor Adrian Look. ‘Invisible’ then integrated both dancers and musicians, with support from Adrian and we performed outside the Imperial War Museum.

This was an interesting experience as the aesthetic quality of the movement was new to most members of ‘invisible’ and the site specific flash mob style of performance was a completely new concept for the majority of the Tanztheater group. In the event the final piece came together exceptionally well and to the outsider it might appear that we had been performing flash mobs all together for years! What do you think?

https://youtu.be/F4Q6BHdm10c

Adrian adds, “We took bits from our Tanztheater performance for Dance Bonanza and the other group joined in. We then merged it together with the musicians. It did not take much time at all to put it all together. Both groups seemed to be quite experienced in improvising. 

I feel it went very well as both groups managed to be in the moment. There is no right or wrong in improvisation. As long as you are honest and truthful and do not fake anything, it will always be strong. And that is what the group managed to do.”

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Did you catch our Tanztheater students give an impromptu performance in front of the Imperial War Museum? Student Cathy Burfield explains how this unusual flashmob came to be.


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