Set to defy gravity in pre-festival spectacle

Circus company Extraordinary Bodies will headline thr SpareParts Arts Festival
Circus company Extraordinary Bodies will headline thr SpareParts Arts Festival
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An artistic flavour is once again being added to Fleetwood Festival Of Transport, as the SpareParts Arts Festival returns.

Extraordinary Bodies circus company will headline the festival on Sunday, July 19 – following a special preview for local residents the day before.

And locals will also be able to join the performances as part of a special community choir.

Michael Trainor, artistic director of LeftCoast which runs SpareParts with Wyre Council, said: “The SpareParts performances we added to the already hugely popular Festival of Transport last year were a huge success and we’re keen to grow that enthusiasm in 2015.

“Having Extraordinary Bodies joining the line-up as our headline act is a coup for Fleetwood and it’ll be a fantastic opportunity for people to see an extraordinary show performed by extraordinary people working together in unison.”

The Extraordinary Bodies company is made up of performers of every age and every type of body and on the day they’ll be presenting their new show Weighting, in which seven disabled and non-disabled performers ‘challenge gravity on a spectacular staircase which flies through the air’.

The piece tells the story of an ‘extraordinary family’ and ‘celebrates risk-taking, transformation and the right time to let go’.

Local performers will form a choir for the show’s finale number, accompanied by a live band, with an emphasis on bringing together disabled and non-disabled people and encouraging deaf people to take part.

Robert Brown, festival chairman, said: “We’re delighted to be working with LeftCoast and Wyre Council on this year’s festival.

“Fleetwood Festival of Transport is close to the hearts of the people of Fleetwood and by broadening the programme and adding the arts strand we hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength, attracting huge numbers of visitors into our town.”

And Extraordinary Bodies’ artistic director Billy Alwen said: “We can’t wait to bring Weighting to Fleetwood Festival of Transport and show people just what is possible in performance no matter what body you have.

“The incredible level of skill shown by both our disabled and non-disabled performers is second to none and we hope the show will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

To take part in the Weighting choir, call Sophie Fuce on (01253) 477973 or email info@leftcoast.org.uk.

The performances will take place on the evening of Saturday, July 18 and twice on Sunday, July 19 outside Fleetwood Marine 
Hall.