Legacy perform at IWM Duxford

15 February 2018

On 14 February 2018 Legacy Dance Company, which was originally set up following the UK tour of Lord of the Flies in partnership with Norwich Theatre Royal in 2014, performed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford as part of Cinderella: A Museum Adventure.

The event in February was the first of three collaborative days with Imperial War Museum's sites in London, Manchester and Duxford where site-specific pieces are being created in response to Matthew Bourne's Cinderella. The museums will come to life with stories inspired by the local heritage, stories and artefacts, all told in New Adventures unique narrative style.

Legacy, an all all-male dance company, made up of dancers aged 10 to 21 drawn from around East Anglia, performed their piece to hundreds of people throughout the day darting under the aircrafts at the museum, capturing the lives, excitement and drama of the young men sent to serve at the RAF airfield. The piece also featured moments of spoken word interspersed throughout the musical soundtrack created by participants from Norwich Theatre Royal’s Introduction To Script-Writing course.

Alternating with the dance performances were interactive talks about the Lancaster bomber and its role in the Second World War and New Adventures dance artist, Chloe Wilkinson led free workshops for people of all abilities and ages. The piece was choreographed by long-term company member Sam Archer and Resident Practitioner, Paul Smethurst.

Cinderella: A Museum Adventure will next be taking place at IWM North on 17 March and IWM London on 23 June with performances from an intergenerational group of people from the local area.

I was just blown away by the fact that they're such young boys and they seemed to carry the emotion of the whole occasion of the war and what actually happened to those young men - I thought it was incredible

Audience Member

Take a look at our photos from the day in our gallery below:

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