Horniman’s Curious Tea Party unveils four new cross-arts commissions

Curious Comms -Wake Of Caliph

This weekend Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Horniman Museum and Gardens will present Horniman's Curious Tea Party, 48 hours of Edwardian-inspired entertainment with a cross-arts twist, inspired by Frederick Horniman's passion for collecting objects from around the world (Saturday 12 -Sunday 13 July 2014).

Supported by the Arts Council England, Horniman's Curious Tea Party will explore music, dance and the Horniman's collections through live music, pop-up performances, and specially commissioned dance, visual arts and participation activities. The event is part of the Big Dance Weekend 2014, a national celebration of dance produced by the Foundation of Community Dance and the Greater London Authority.

Horniman's Curious Tea Party will also unveil four completely new art works including dance, installations and theatre which create original artistic responses to Mr Horniman's spirit of exploration, discovery and curious endeavours.

Curious Commissions:

A Treasure Hunt Tea Break by Tea Dance for Little People - Join Mr Horniman's butlers and parlour maids on their tea break and go on a tea treasure hunt in the Horniman gardens.

The Wake of the Caliph by Alexa Reid - In this specially commissioned art and sound installation, discover a curious tale of the loss of a famous tea clipper in the South China Sea (pictured).

Journey Commissions:

A Curious Cakewalk by Average Height Ladies -Travel on a promenade and wind back in time through webs and gateways, follow hidden maps and flocks of birds, try on new disguises and witness a grizzly bear dance.

Little Victories by Katie Surridge - Explore a modern day cabinet of curiosities set on a converted waste collection bicycle and contribute to the sculptural installation by decorating bones from the River Thames.

Supported by Greenwich Dance, two of the commissions will also be part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals and tour to Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace on 20 July and Greenwich Dances, which this year will be a part of the Tall Ships Regatta in September.

Big Dance is the biennial festival of participatory dance delivered by the Foundation for Community Dance and the Mayor of London and is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Wales and British Council. The Big Dance programme of events is delivered locally by 16 major organisations including: Dance City, Dance South West, Dance4, DanceEast, Dancefest, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Sadler's Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance, South East Dance and Yorkshire Dance - bigdance.org.uk

The Royal Greenwich Festivals contain a comprehensive programme of music, activities and events delivered in venues, parks and open spaces across the Royal Borough - royalgreenwich.gov.uk/events

Picture courtesy of Alexa Reid.

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