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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Lights, fire, action: Lakes Alive are back in town

A SPECTACULAR fiery feast for the eyes is promised over Whitehaven harbourside as the town kicks off this year’s Lakes Alive events.

International outdoor performers and artists are set to dazzle audiences across the county, including Cleator Moor and Millom.

There will be music, fireworks, street theatre, dance cabaret and circus. The action starts in Whitehaven, which will be transformed by the Catalan theatre company, Xarxa, as they perform their show Fire of the Sea on August 9 and 10 at 9.30pm.

The show promises giant characters, inspired by the work of the artist Miro. Through the magic of the performance the characters step off the canvas and are transformed into breathtaking firework figures. The atmosphere will be one of a traditional Spanish street celebration.

Between August 14-16, Lakes Alive is on tour with a different show calling at Millom (14th) Cleator Moor (15th) and Whitehaven (16th). Performances on the tour are a two-part event. The first is La Famille Goldini, a French act that provides a family-friendly cabaret including traditional circus, cabaret and fairground amusement. There will be tap dancing, hand balancing, rola bola, acrobatics and feats of strength.

The other part of the show consists of an athletic performance called Captive by British dance company Motionhouse. Captive is performed by four dancers within a giant cage and is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther.

The Cleator Moor and Millom events will be in the evening (6pm) and the Whitehaven one in the afternoon (12.30pm).

Julie Tait, director of Kendal Arts International, which creates Lakes Alive, said: “We are really happy that we are again able to attract some of the best performance artists in Europe to Cumbria and the Lake District.

“We have pulled together an exciting and eclectic programme of shows this year that we hope will bring music, laughter, excitement and inspiration to people living in, and visiting, Cumbria this summer.”

Tim Knowles, chair of Copeland Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to help Lakes Alive bring this fantastic free show to Whitehaven. It is an exciting and imaginative performance with fireworks, costumes, and live music.”

For more information visit www.lakesalive.org

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