- Date: 11 August 2009
- Artform: Dance
- Area: Midlands
The Arts Council has partnered with the University of Derby to created Dance to the Muzik of Time, a unique 2009 calendar that features dance groups in iconic East Midlands locations.
We commissioned John Goto, Derby’s Professor of Fine Art and a well-known photo-digital artist to produce images for the calendar. The amazing images feature three dance groups – urban dance company Groundhogs and Kathak dancers Manushi, both from Nottingham; and Leicester's Bollywood dancers Desi Masti.
John photographed them in outstanding costumes, which mix period with contemporary, street and club fashions, and merged the images digitally with photographs shot on location across the region. The calendar features a timeline of events for the region – from 1280 in Lincoln, when Hugh who had been Bishop of Lincoln was canonised and his relics enshrined in the cathedral, to 2008 in Leicester when Curve finished construction.
‘It's been tremendous fun making this series – working with great dancers and visiting marvellous locations in the region,’ he says. ‘Although the main partners behind the project are Arts Council England, East Midlands and the University of Derby, many other individuals and organisations have come together to support this venture - surely a sign of the region's friendly and co-operative nature.’
‘2009 is a momentous year for art in the East Midlands as it sees the completion of the £130 million arts venue investment programme that will transform the arts opportunities in the region' says Laura Dyer, Executive Director of Arts Council England, East Midlands.‘The final of the five brand new arts venues will open its doors in 2009 – completing a major investment programme in these and other arts buildings in the region. We see this calendar as a celebration of this investment which is one of the largest amounts for arts buildings in any English region.’
The calendar will be distributed to partners across the region so they can showcase the East Midlands as being a great place in which to live, work and visit.
Download the calendar here.