Join the Science Museum for Antarctica Live, a free dance and science festival that celebrates the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth.
14 - 30 August (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; special event on Wednesday 29 August)
Daily dance performances, dance workshops and hands on experiences with real survival equipment will shed light on how the frozen continent is responding to increasing pressure from human activity and how the fate of a continent as remote as Antarctica can affect us all.
Featuring a newly devised dance performance by award-winning choreographer Corey Baker, inspired by his recent trip to Antarctica, Antarctica Live will aim to encourage critical thinking about what we are doing to understand Antarctica and preserve its landscape, climate and inhabitants. Antarctic researchers will be on hand to show visitors how they cope in such harsh conditions and introduce their fascinating research into our changing climate, ancient air bubbles and even penguin poo.
Visitors will also be able to see a scale model of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world, the 10,000-tonne hull of which was recently launched into the River Mersey by Sir David himself.
Pippa Hough, Events Project Leader, said: ‘Antarctica is changing fast. As global temperatures rise Antarctica is melting quicker than ever before with 200 billion tonnes of ice lost every year. How to best protect the continent is a complicated, international problem. It’s an invaluable natural resource that we need to work together to preserve.’
The festival will be accompanied by a special Lates event on Wednesday 29 August in the Science Museum IMAX theatre featuring the world premiere of film Dancing on Icebergs. This documentary charts the two-year-long making of the short film Antarctica: The First Dance by Corey Baker, the first ever dance film to be shot on Antarctica, featuring star of Royal New Zealand Ballet Madeleine Graham.
The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Baker, discussing the story behind the film with producer Anne Beresford and experts in Antarctic research from the British Antarctic Survey.
Corey Baker said: ‘It was the biggest honour to be allowed to visit Antarctica and I want to ensure that I communicate the learnings gained from the trip in as many ways possible. Antarctica: The First Dance was one way to share the message about climate change and show the true beauty of Antarctica, but I wanted there to be a live element where people could learn more and participate. Therefore, I am really excited to be working with the Science Museum to bring Antarctica Live to London.’
Antarctica Live opens on 14 August 2018 and will be on for three weeks, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11.00-16.00.
Dancing on Icebergs will premiere at the Science Museum IMAX theatre during Circus Lates on Wednesday 29 August 2018. Find out more on our website.
Antarctica Live features:
Corey Baker Dance, British Antarctic Survey and The Polar Research Institute.
Antarctica Live was made possible by:
Arts Council England, Antarctica New Zealand and ChristchurchNZ.
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About Corey Baker Dance
Corey Baker Dance is a production company, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Corey Baker, creating a wide range of work across stage and screen. The company presents innovative performances in established theatres and unexpected places, as well as making music videos and work for TV and Film. Corey’s love of contemporary dance and ballet is his foundation for creating stories, characters and worlds, captivating audiences around the globe. Find out more information about Antarctica: The First Dance.