Norwich performers to feature in Olympic Games extravaganza

The city's top talent will be showcased in a 'feast of rhythm and movement' at the forefront of Norwich's Olympic celebrations, it has been announced.

Musicians, dancers, martial artists, gymnasts and other performers will take to the stage at Chapelfield Gardens this summer for a show called Pulse.

Norwich is one of a few towns and cities picked to host an evening celebration when the Olympic Torch arrives.

And Norwich City Council has revealed details of the two-and-a-half hour show in the popular city centre park on Wednesday, July 4.

The city council-commissioned show will feature local talent brought together by The Garage and Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (NORCA).

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Called Pulse, the show is set to feature percussion musicians along with physical disciplines including martial arts, dance, circus and gymnastics.

The performers will be local, and all ages will be able to attend open auditions in March.

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The Pulse project has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme, which celebrates innovative projects using the Games to inspire their local communities.

City council leader Brenda Arthur said: 'This is an exciting year for Norwich and the opportunity to share in the Olympic Torch celebrations will be a special moment for city residents and opportunity to showcase the city's top talent.'

Carrie Mansfield, from The Garage, who is project manager for the show, said: 'Pulse will be a feast of rhythm and movement. We're looking for excellent percussion musicians along with people who have great physical skills, whether it be in martial arts, dance, circus, gymnastics or any sporting field.'

Drayton dancer and choreographer Aaron Sillis, below, who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Take That and the acclaimed Matthew Bourne Dance Company, will host four master classes for 11 to 25-year-olds.

They will take place on: Tuesday, February 14 – 10am-1pm at the Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics in Besthorpe; Wednesday, February 15 – 10am-4pm at The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich; Thursday, February 16 – 10am-4pm at the Norwich Academy of Martial Arts in King Street, Norwich; Friday, February 17 – 10am-4pm at the University of East Anglia Sports Park in Norwich. The classes, which are free, will give people the chance to explore how their skills can be turned into performance work, with open auditions in March.

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For the latest Olympic news see our supplement London Calling, next out on February 28.

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