Splash Mob!

We are really looking forward to perfoming next Saturday 28th June with our community group of mermaids & pirates at Leeds Waterfront Festival

posterwebversion2014Performances:12pm at Granary Wharf, 12.30pm at Brewery Wharf, 1pm at Leeds Dock and 2.30pm at Thwaite Mills (timings approx)

We are working in partnership with OWL Industries and Canal Connections and funded by Leeds City Council.

There are loads of other fantasic act and events going on at the festival Hope you can make it!

Mermaids at Light Night!

You can see the mermaids this Friday at LIGHT NIGHT – YORKSHIRE DANCE & WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE
FRIDAY 4th October….as part of Bish Bash Bosh.

5.30-7.30pm We will be installed in the North Space – where you can see a photo exhibition of Yorkshire Life Aquatic by Lizzie Coombes taken at Bramley Baths, the film of the dry-land mermaid performance from the Mermaid gala we held outside The Civic, Barnsley on August 30th. There will also be some rather interesting splashy sound installations appearing in the changing rooms and perhaps in a shell or two.

5.45pm – We will take you through your paces with a ‘vintage’ synchronised hoop workshop. Well worth a go!

9.30pm -WYP  There may well be a chance to catch a glimpse of a mermaid or two (if you are lucky).

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Photo taken at Bramley Baths by Lizzie Coombes

Feedback from Bramley Baths Mermaid Gala

A fantasic 668 people came through door of the Bramley Baths open afternoon & Mermaid Gala on Sunday 29th September. It was a lovely day and here is some of the audience feedback we collected.

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Loved, loved, loved the mermaids today. Adored the retro soundtrack and the stylish choreography. And the mermaids were oh so enchanting! The performance felt real and honest which added to its charm. Me and my eight year old were mesmerized and we could easily have sat through the entire peformance all over again. And today’s performance has given me hope that with some practice I might one day be able to glide through the water with such grace. Bloody well done!

It was wonderful – I shall never enter the pool again without lipstick!

You can’t beat a splash of cheeky vintage fabulousness to brighten your afternoon – loved it, well done!

Cleverly done and very funny!

So in keeping with the vintage setting.

The setting was perfect- the atmosphere brilliant! Lovely music, cake and mermaids, just such a sense of FUN!!

My daughter loved when they were in a circle.

A strong performance with a lot scope, unique and makes good use of the wonderful pool, I’m really glad that I came! Best show so far – well done!

Lovely atmosphere. Excellent to have it use this fabulous venue. Fantastic show – we look forward to more in the future.

congratulations on such an original show. Nice to see dance in a different place. brilliant fun!

The mermaid gala was beautifully set in Bramley baths. The light hearted start set up the more technical, synchronised latter part of the performance very nicely. I think the whole setting worked well to evoke the vintage theme of the project. It was a good day to see something unusual.

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Thank you to everyone who came along to see us, we are very happy mermaids!

Photos by Lizzie Coombes

Audience feedback from the Barnsley Mermaid Gala

We have been collecting feedback from people who came to the Mermaid gala in Barnsley.

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Here is some examples of what people had to say!

I really liked the interaction with the water – that was brill. I think the mix of movement, costume, music and water is pretty irresistible.”

It was thoroughly engaging and funny – an enjoyable audience experience”

What people enjoyed:

child-friendly, relaxed atmosphere, loved the dancing/performance and general look, the routine, the uniqueness of the show, something different – quirky,  just good fun and the music was brill! Nostalgia- good entertainment! All of it – it took guts to do it outside.”

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The Girls lifted my spirits – a jolly good show.”

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The pictures were especially stunning on the water wall and created a whole new dimension for the wallPictures by Lizzie Coombes 2013

 “I felt the vintage style swimming costumes created an air of elegance and positivity compared to how some modern day swim wear is designed to objectify the female body.”

Venue feedback: “the inclusive feel of the and welcoming nature of the event and company had great potential to invite further audience engagement and I would be interested in working together on future projects that can include outreach for the venue.”

 

Summer press release

MERMAIDS COME TO LIFE IN YORKSHIRE

Synchronised swimming comes to dry land in new arts project.

An open-air performance will see a group of modern day mermaids take to the land and demonstrate synchronised swimming without getting wet. Well, maybe a little.

Million Dollar Mermaids, from newly established Yorkshire Life Aquatic, is an homage to a golden age of Hollywood when stars like Esther Williams graced the silver screen in films like Million Dollar Mermaid – which gives the project its name. Featuring six performers from around Yorkshire, Million Dollar Mermaids is a specially created outdoor performance being premiered on Friday 30th August at Barnsley Civic as part of CARP, their Creative Artistic Residency Programme.

The Yorkshire Life Aquatic team has developed a routine combining vintage synchronised swimming techniques with physical theatre under the guidance of choreographer Zoe Parker.

Yorkshire Life Aquatic was founded by Yorkshire based creatives Zoe Parker, ex-synchronised swimmer Lucy Meredith, Ellen McAuslan, Natasha Glew and Carolyn Eden, working with local musician Jamie Fletcher and photographer Lizzie Coombes.

Zoe Parker said: “We wanted to work with the beautiful vintage look, using movement inspired by synchronised swimming techniques and also celebrate the variety of real women and classic strong feminine role models. We created the routine working in and out of the water with movements specifically designed for the water feature and rock structure in Barnsley. It’s a perfect setting.”

The piece was developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June this year as part of the theatre’s Summer Sublets, where the final two Mermaids, Jennifer Nevin and Keeley Lane were recruited. The project is being supported by the Arts Council, Leeds Inspired, CARP at Barnsley Civic, Yorkshire Dance, Spin Arts Management and MAAP.

There will be two opportunities for Mermaid sightings, outdoors in Mandela Gardens, next to Barnsley Civic Theatre, with performances on 30th August at 3.15pm and 4.15pm, running for 15 minutes each.

The performances are part of a Mermaid Gala, an afternoon of family fun, inspired by the vintage swimming theme of the project, taking place from 3.00-5.30pm including musical entertainment, a exhibition of underwater photography by Lizzie Coombes, and a range of activities including a traditional seaside face-in-hole photo-booth, vintage tea and cakes and a hula hoop workshop. This is a free to attend event open to all ages.

To accompany the project, Yorkshire Life Aquatic have been gathering photographs and stories for their “Vintage Swimwear” pin up story board, a collection of images of people and water up until the 1980’s, which will be on display on the day. Visitors will be able to read about seaside and swimming memories and add their own, so bring your vintage pictures along.

Yorkshire Life Aquatic are also working with partners Bramley Baths in Leeds and are currently running Mermaid swimming workshops, with performances scheduled there for September 29th.

Full details on https://yorkshirelifeaquatic.wordpress.com

For more press images and interviews please contact lucy.meredith02@gmail.com

Image attached copywrite Maria Spadafora (Mermaids left to right Lucy Meredith, Natasha Glew, Zoe Parker)

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