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A new dance performance celebrating the North East’s industrial past comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 28 April

Launch Day

An exciting new dance performance celebrates the history of the North East in all its industrial glory.

Launch Day by regionally-based dancer and choreographer Kristin Kelly Abbott draws its inspiration from paintings by Alexander Millar, a renowned Scottish artist based in the North East, known for his large-scale paintings of ‘Gadgies’, or working people of the region and its industrial past.

Kelly-Abbott crafts iconic images bringing Millar's characters to life on stage. Those who built the ships are portrayed not only at work, but during their social time - in the pubs and at the football. These people were an integral part of the economic boom time of the North East. Using movement influenced by the paintings, and informed by research with workers from the shipbuilding industry, Launch Day is a celebration of North East life, its culture and the industry that represents its past, present and future.

With stunning large-scale projections of Millar’s paintings, physical, energetic and evocative choreography and a soundtrack featuring music by Mark Knopfler and composer Breifne Holohan, the work will enchant anyone who has an interest in the industrial history of the North East and will also be enjoyable and entertaining to those new to dance.

An exhibition of prints by Alexander Millar will also be on display and for sale, running from 25 April – 7 May.

Kristin Kelly Abbott moved to Newcastle from London to dance with Sakoba Dance Theatre in 2006. She immediately felt at home here, and fell in love with the North East – its people, countryside and coast line. She met her husband Wayne whom she married in 2010 and now lives in Birtley with Wayne and their 13-month old son, Jamie.

Launch Day is a new co-commission by Dance City and Queen's Hall Hexham, with funding from Arts Council England. Kristin was recently awarded Dance City Associate Artist 2015/16 and this is her first full length piece.

Launch Day comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 28 April, tickets are ‘Pay What You Decide’ meaning you can book your tickets as normal then decide after the show what the price should be.

To book visit Arts Centre Washington or call 0191 561 3455.

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