A Halifax-based Indian dance company have been selected to take part in this year’s Yorkshire Festival and will be telling the story of cycling through a unique style of printing – with their feet.
‘Bicycle with Barefoot’ is a piece of inspiring original Asian dance theatre presented by Annapurna Indian Dance to celebrate the historic occasion of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.
The unique performance has been selected as one of almost 50 acts which form the Yorkshire Festival 2014 – the first ever 100 day art festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history.
Bicycle with Barefoot involves printing the design of a bicycle on a large four meter square canvas cloth which is secured on a frame and laid on a surface sprinkled with powdered paint.
However, rather than your usual brushes or rollers, it is the feet of the dancers which will create the art.
Spectators will witness an imaginative printing process where dancers will be moving carefully on the canvas, using various pressures of their feet, to inscribe their journey onto the blank material beneath them.
The concept and inspiration for the project has been taken from the ancient Indian classical dance style called Kuchipudi dance from Andhra Pradesh in India.
The dancers will be performing at four major festivals in Yorkshire as part of Yorkshire Festival 2014, with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, 28th June, and Halifax Arts Festival, 29th June, yet to come.
Annapurna Indian dance is offering free taster workshops for interested community groups in Calderdale throughout June. For more information please call 01422 209 906 or visit www.annapurnadance. com