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'Dog ballet' returns as part of arts and cultural festival

A photo from the test event on Goodrington earlier this year

A 'dog ballet' takes place on Torre Abbey Sands this weekend - involving dogs, their owners and musicians.

It follows a trial event on Goodrington in the Summer.

It aims to 'set the ordinary, everyday activity of people walking their dogs to exquisite live music and transform it into a dance of great beauty and complexity'.

Live classical music will be performed on the beach from 8-9pm with lighting set-up to create a 'stage' on the beach.

Artist Nigel Barrett , who came up with the idea with Louise Mari , said: "The show is a celebration of the place and people where it is performed. 

"For the dogs and owners, it is an amazing experience to have their daily walk transformed into a work of art that they themselves are performing and for the spectators of the town it is a chance to see a place they see every day transformed into a thing of wonder and beauty - a glorious feast of whirling light and heart-breaking music.

"As they play the soundscape is filled with the pre-recorded voices of local people telling stories about their dogs, their children, the sea, their loves, their losses, their passions and elegies to the place they live and walk their beloved dogs."

Those planning to take part are asked to let organisers know in advance. For more details click here

Click play to hear Nigel Barrett 


Click play to hear Louise Mari

The dog ballet is part of this weekend's three day 'Wavelength' festival.

Other activities include

  • An interactive light and sound installation under the cover of trees at Torre Abbey Meadows details here
  •  Projection-mapping on Torre Abbey’s South Facade on Friday night.details here
  • Cliff projections which 'organic patterns transforming into creatures and new forms' at Rock Walk, from Corbyn Head.details here

For more details about the Wavelength Festival click here

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