IWM North presents Second Breath with English National Ballet to mark First World War Centenary

A unique, one-night-only performance by English National Ballet will be performed at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, to mark the First World War Centenary. The piece has been specially created by award-winning, internationally acclaimed British choreographer Russell Maliphant.

The 20 minute performance is part of a packed evening that will include live music by Vintage 78 DJs; object handling; and live poetry performances with readings of works by Dylan Thomas and Wilfred Owen. Owen's original manuscript poems are on display in the museum.

IWM has been commissioning artists to create responses to conflict since the First World War. Now, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, IWM North in Manchester is delivering a major season of new high-quality artworks and live performances called Reactions14.

As part of the launch of the series this May, English National Ballet will perform Second Breath,  inspired by letters, diaries, photographs and personal stories from IWM’s national collections.

Imperial War Museum and English national Ballet present Second Breath

The choreography by Russell Maliphant has been specially worked for this performance in IWM North’s Main Exhibition Space. It will be unique opportunity to view this acclaimed ballet performance surrounded by the context of objects from IWM’s collections, such as the field gun that fired the British Army’s first shot of the First World War.

Imperial War Museum and English National Ballet present Second Breath-2Graham Boxer, IWM North Director said:

This year is the start of the centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary which cultural events around the world will mark. This powerful performance by the English National Ballet in particular is a must see. Our Reactions14 series will give contemporary relevance to the First World War, challenging visitors to think about the conflict in new and different ways.’

Reactions14: Second Breath with English National Ballet for Museums at Night takes place at IWM North on Saturday 17 May from 6.30pm. English National Ballet performances are at 7.45pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are £10. Booking is essential, via www.quaytickets.com.

Over 2014, IWM North’s Reactions14 series will feature including new works such as a 30 day live drawing in August by artist Mark Anstee and a new composition by BBC Philharmonic performed in autumn based on a personal story on display in the museum.

For more information visit www.iwm.org.uk or connect with IWM @I_W_M #IWM North or Facebook.com/iwm.north.

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