100 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST WOMEN’S BALLOT
100 YEARS OF CHANGE IN WOMENS SPORT
14th December 2018 – Debut performance next to Parliament Square marks 100 years since the first ballot for women
Working with the award-winning dance company, Combination Dance, the Victoria Westminster BID will be presenting the debut of a short but dynamic “Equality Chant” with a cast of 25 dancers from across the capital this December co-funded by The London Borough of Richmond’s Civic Pride Fund and Sport Richmond. We anticipate it creating a fantastic spectacle right in the heart of Westminster on this important centenary day.
Building on the popular event held in Victoria in February, we will reference the centenary of British suffrage by marking another important milestone on December 14 – 100 years since the 1918 General Election; the first election that some women were able to vote in and in which women were able to stand as Members of Parliament. Woven into the dance piece will be stories of women in sport 100 years ago contrasting with a modern celebration of sport, health and equality for all inspired in part by the ethos of Harlequins and their rapidly progressing Ladies Rugby Team.
Quote from Leah Lyons player for Harlequins Ladies and Irish International – “We are delighted as a Club to support this dance – and celebrate 100 years of female empowerment. It is a privilege to be associated with this project and we look forward to seeing the end result in town on 14th December.”
This piece will tour in 2019 in West London including the creation of a linked performance piece with a large community cast reaching over 1000 children and young people.
Anne-Marie Smalldon, Artistic Director of Combination Dance said, “This project continues the legacy of an amazing centenary year with a pan London dance project inspired by the capital’s commitment to equality”.