Pennine Way dancers are to perform in Edale

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Thursday 3 September 2015

Plaque at start of Pennine WayWalkers and music lovers alike are invited to an evening of music and dance in Edale inspired by the Pennine Way, the long distance route, in its 50th year.

‘50 Steps’ will be performed at the Moorland Visitor Centre in Edale on Sunday September 20, at 7pm.

People will be able to enjoy the mixed media performance improvised by professional dancers, a musician and a film maker in response to a walk on the Pennine Way done earlier in the day.

50 Steps musician David Birchall said: “We’re doing this to pay tribute to the Pennine Way in its 50th anniversary year. We walk a local section of the route during the day and improvise a response the same evening in a process of immediate re-imagining.”

During the 40 minute performance the dancers interpret their shared experiences of the walk accompanied by a live musical soundscape and video clips live-mixed to stimulate a mutual exchange between the 5 collaborators.

Tickets cost £8 and will be available on the door. A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to the Peak District National Park for conservation.

Jo Kent, who manages the Moorland Visitor Centre said: “We are really looking forward to hosting the 50 Steps performance in Edale – it will be a unique and memorable experience.

“People will be able to view our Pennine Way display and exhibitions about the special moorland landscape in the visitor centre, but the combination of music, dance and film will bring the subject to life in different ways.”

The Moorland Visitor Centre is at Fieldhead, Edale, S33 7ZA, and can be contacted on 01433 670207 or

The event in Edale is one of five performances taking place across the Pennines; the others are in Bradford, Calderdale, Hawes and Cumbria.

The tour culminates in Manchester in 2016 when the performer’s experiences from all five places will be drawn together for a final performance. 50 Steps is supported by the Arts Council.

This is an archived press release

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