100nehundred

DANCERS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE GIVEN FOR VOTES

One-off performance at London station irrevocably linked to famous suffragette, Emily Davison, marks 100 years of suffrage –

100 years of women’s suffrage will be marked at London’s Victoria Station with a unique and moving dance performance, bringing to life the struggle and ultimate achievement of the suffragettes like never before.

6th February 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30

Performed in the bustling station from where the renowned suffragette, Emily Davison, took the now infamous journey to Epsom racecourse in June 1913, the dancers will tell the story of the suffragettes and the progress that has been made over the last century.

Combination Dance Company in partnership with The National Archives and Victoria Business Improvement District present the premiere performance of 100nehundred at Victoria Station at 10.30.

Performers will include the professional company dancers, vocational students from Rambert School and some local community performers from West London.

Also on 6 February, exactly 100 years to the day since the passing of the Representation of the People Act saw some women receive the vote for the first time, a new short film will also be unveiled, ‘Deeds Not Words’ – named after the motto of the suffragettes.

The new 3-minute film ‘Deeds Not Words’, looks at the long struggle the suffragettes had to achieve equal voting rights and in particular the journey made by Emily Davison who left from Victoria Station on day she was fatally injured at Epsom Downs racecourse at the Derby.  The film will then be shown in businesses / venues across the area (and wider London) for 24 hours. The film will be seen through shop windows, reception and lobby windows and it will include historic footage from The National Archives to raise awareness of the centenary as well as modern footage of dance performers in the capital linking to modern gender equality issues.  Thanks go to key sponsor Victoria BID and on location support from The Jockey Club at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

After the performance, a short ceremony will take place with a short address from key VIPs, The National Archives and the CEO of Victoria BID. A press photo will follow in the station or at the nearby suffragette memorial in Christchurch Gardens with Philippa Bilton a descendent of Emily Wilding Davison, alongside the cast in historic costume, members of the local business community, GLA, VBID and National Archives.

The 100nehundred Dance Project will continue in the summer with over 1000 local London school children who will take part in workshops culminating in a schools’ celebration at The National Archives building in Kew on July 4 2018.

Contact:  Kate Hart            kate@katehartconsulting.com

 

100nehundred has been choreographed by Anne-Marie Smalldon, costume design by Mike Lees, Sound design by Mark Franks (The Overtones) with two original compositions by Phillip Smethurst and a debut commission for a female classical composer Heather Sterland an associate of Trinity College, London.

 

About The National Archives: The National Archives looks after and makes available to the public its collection of historical records dating back more than 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files. They are a world-leading cultural heritage organisation which promotes public accessibility to iconic documents such as Guy Fawkes’ confession, Shakespeare’s Will and Edward VIII’s letter of abdication, while ensuring preservation for generations to come. They also host talks, conferences and have an expanding events programme. The National Archives is a non-ministerial government department whose parent is the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). They are the official archive of the UK government, and England and Wales.

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About Victoria Business Improvement District (BID):  Victoria Business Improvement District is a business-led and business funded body formed to support economic growth in Victoria and to create a vibrant destination for those who work, visit or live in the area. Formed in 2010 following a ballot of local businesses, the BID’s business partners determine the work programmes that contribute to the local economy and enhance the area. Work is focused around five themes: Clean & Green, Safe & Secure, Sustainable Prosperity, Destination Victoria and Public Realm. Now in its second term, Victoria BID is recognised as one of the most innovative BIDs in the capital, with its projects contributing to the ongoing transformation of Victoria.

 

About Rambert School:

Rambert School has an international reputation for delivering elite vocational dance training.  The equal emphasis on ballet and contemporary dance is arguably unique within the UK and the curriculum is enriched by input from guest artists and choreographers. Throughout the School’s history of almost one hundred years the creative energy and spirit of its founder, Marie Rambert, have endured.  Graduates are characterised by their individuality, creativity, artistic expression and strong technique. They can be found in all areas of the profession as dancers, choreographers, teachers, academics, producers and directors.

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About The Jockey Club:

Epsom Downs Racecourse is part of the Jockey Club, which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

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