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Press release // BLINK: MARGATE

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Major artists collaborate to bring spectacular free event to Margate’s Seafront

On Saturday 27 August, for one night only, the seaside town of Margate in Kent will undergo a miraculous transformation. Multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor, extraordinary theatre ensemble Pan Optikum and innovative soundscape artist Scanner will collaborate to create a one-off, spectacular night-time event, BLINK.

Thousands are expected to gather along the seafront as buildings come alive, people take to the streets, stunning fire structures appear on the beach and the spectacle unfolds. BLINK is a celebratory event that will re-imagine not only the seafront, but also the sea and sky beyond.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will work closely with Pan Optikum in the months ahead to create a cohesive artistic vision for the event which features the 100-strong BLINK Dance company – a troupe of local people who will perform alongside professional dancers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. German performance company Pan Optikum – who specialise in epic, outdoor, spectacular events – will ‘animate’ buildings, create stunning, large-scale fire objects, and interweave the theatrical and pyrotechnical elements of the show. Electronic wizard and super-talented musician/composer Scanner will provide the soaring sounds to complement the sights.

BLINK is coming… You won’t believe your eyes.

One of the busiest and most in demand choreographers in the world, Wayne McGregor has carved out time in his 2011 schedule to be part of the project saying ‘Margate has an intriguing and enduring appeal and I was captivated by the opportunity to create something so site specific and outdoors. The parallel horizons of sky and sea, sea and beach and beach and town provide a rich canvas for dance,performance and sound. Made by, with and for local people BLINK should challenge the senses.’

Jane McMorrow and Verity McArthur of McMcArts who are producing the event, will be responsible for delivering its large scale ambition:

Leader of Thanet District Council, Councillor Bob Bayford says that the impact of an event like this on the town cannot be underestimated: ‘We welcome the spotlight on Margate that BLINK provides. With the forthcoming opening of the Turner Contemporary gallery it’s our time and certainly our turn to give something celebratory and lasting to the community and to visitors.’

Jane McMorrow and Verity McArthur of McMcArts say: ‘Although we are sure the memory of this event will live for some time in people’s minds, the real legacy of the project will be the skills that people learn during its development, the people they meet, partnerships that are cemented and a real spirit of positivity going forward. BLINK is as much about this as anything else.’

BLINK has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary, Theatre Royal, Margate, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council, University of Kent, The Dreamland Trust, South East Dance and Thanet College.

Commissioned by: Arts Council England

Produced by: McMcArts and Canterbury Festival

For free updates on the development of the projects and details of how you can get involved, sign up at www.blinkmargate.org (full website coming soon.)

For further information please contact Chloe Pritchard-Gordon or Ben Chamberlain at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7494 3665 or email Chloe@thecornershoppr.com; ben@thecornershoppr.com

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EVENT INFORMATION:

BLINK MARGATE

Saturday 27th August at 9:15pm

THIS IS A FREE EVENTFor more details visit www.blinkmargate.org