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220 young people share performances as part of Godiva Awakes

  • Date: 15 December 2010
  • Area: Midlands

Two hundred and twenty young people from across the West Midlands came together last month and shared performances developed over the last five months as part of Imagineer Productions Godiva Awakes project at Bluecoat School, Coventry.

Godiva Awakes is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Arts Council England is delivering the project in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales.

Imagineer Productions will create a 10-metre-high Lady Godiva, who will awake in July 2012 to a spectacular performance. Powered by 50 cyclists, she will journey to London to play a part in the London 2012 celebrations. She will be a symbol of justice for the 21st Century, embodying the values of fair play, friendship, respect and courage that are at the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This summer nine performance groups came together and each received a suitcase containing items inspired by the story of one woman who has made a significant difference to the lives of young people. The common themes to these women's stories match the Godiva Awakes project themes of equality, fairness and social justice.

Kathi Leahy, Director Imagineer Productions said: "Since July the groups have been exploring the story of the woman and have created a 15 minute performance. Through Godiva Awakes we are creating a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people of all backgrounds from across the region to engage in an ambitious project supporting and developing the skills of a new generation of makers, performers and event producers."

The performance groups are representative of the West Midlands with nine groups involved from across the region. The groups are based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, the Black Country, Rugby, Warwickshire, Birmingham and Coventry.  They will come together again in 2011 and their final performance will be in July 2012.

To find out more about Godiva Awakes visit: www.imagineerproductions.co.uk/godivaawakes