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Derby: Our City of Making

13 August 2021, 6.00pm
The Museum of Making - Derby Museum & Arts Gallery
k Mill Lane 

Derby DE1 3AF


Free Event

Derby: Our City of Making, is an exciting site-specific dance production by Surtal Arts, commissioned by Junction Arts, as part of their regional project Our Place, that celebrates Derby as a 'city of making'. 

From Derby's factories and mills catalysting Britain's Industrial Revolution, to world class manufacturing brands like Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Toyota and Royal Crown Derby - our city has made generations of engineers whose developments have created connections far and wide. And from post-war immigration to welcoming new multi-cultural communities, Derby has made home to generations of diverse people, who've helped transform our city into a creative and vibrant place.


Our City of Making is influenced by that rich engineering and cultural heritage, bringing together two of Derby's oldest diverse communities, Indian and Ukranian for the first time, in a site-specific dance powered by fusion choreography at the Museum of Making, celebrating 'Derby as a city of making'.  The dance piece will be an homage to our city's diversity and creativity in the spirit of friendship, partnership and progress. 


Dance has been conceptualised and artistically directed by Nisha Nath.  Working with 6 dancers and 2 musicians from Naachda Sansaar and Hoverla Dance Ensemble, the dance choreography explores similarities of the two distinctive folk dance styles that weaves in and out,  creating a colourful, high-energy, all-male fusion dance performance. 


Come along for FREE to the Museum of Making on 13th August, 6pm to experience the performance for yourself, and that celebrate 'Derby: Our City of Making' together. 

The dance will be filmed live and then broadcast on 9th September 2021 by Junction Arts.


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Derby: Our City Of Making is part of a wider regional project of Junction Arts, called Our Place. 


Junction Arts and 6 other arts organisations (Surtal Arts, City Arts, People Express, City Arts, High Peak Community Arts, The National Centre For Arts and Design) from the East Midlands have embarked on an ambitious, regional project called Our Place, only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Our Place has commissioned 7 artist residencies in 7 communities across the region to co-create new work that is representative of ‘place’. 

This new work created through each residency will be filmed and edited together for a final film broadcast by Director Chris Bevan, co-curated by Junction Arts and our partners and artists to showcase a diversity of artforms, content and communities that make up the East Midlands.

The new work will be premiered on Thursday 9th September.

The project is inspired by ‘Our World’, the first live, global TV broadcast in June 1967 that connected five continents by satellite. The broadcast was conceived by the BBC and invited international artists from 19 nations to perform and represent their respective countries.  Today, Our World is most famous for the segment from the UK, starring The Beatles performing ‘All You Need is Love’ for the first time’.

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