by Norwich Rising

Content warning: mentions sexual assault and violence against women

The United Nations estimate that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion women. On Sunday 30th April 2017 there will be a flashmob-style dance at 1pm in Chapelfield Gardens to demand an end to violence against women. This is the 5th Norwich Rising, part of the global One Billion Rising campaign. Dancers will be dancing to the “Break the Chain” dance, choreographed by Debbie Allen from Fame. There are a series of free rehearsals where people can learn the dance.

These are:

  • Sunday 9th April 2017, 2pm Chapelfield Gardens
  • Sunday 23rd April 2017, 2pm Chapelfield Gardens
  • Monday 24th April 2017, 7pm Chapelfield Gardens
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017, 7pm Dandifest opening St. Margaret’s Church of art (Dance for real). 
  • Wednesday 26th April 2017, 7pm St. Margaret’s church of art (Practice)
  • Thursday 27th April 2017, 7pm Chapelfield Gardens (Final practice)
  • Sunday 30th April 2017 Chapelfield Gardens 1pm (Dance for real) Rain or Shine. 

Norwich Rising is supported by Norwich and District Trades council and will be part of their May Day celebrations. It is also a collaboration with the Norwich Dandies and their Dandifest festival. It is organised by Eloise O’Hare and Poppy Rose. Eloise says:

“This year we have moved the event from the usual global day of action on the 14th February so we can collaborate with the Norwich Dandies and the Norwich and District Trades council in a triad of support. We are aiming to capture new audience and have the beauty of the park to dance in.”

There will be experienced and new dancers from across East Anglia, including Catton Grove Primary school who our practicing the dance at school with the help of teacher Ellie Barnaby.  Alongside the flash mob Breaking the Chain dance, there will be entertainment from:

  • Musicians Emma Jarvis and Stephen Little’s band ‘Ruby Flipper’ will be doing a deluxe, lush duet of music. 
  • All the way from Australia: Performance Poet Edwina Blush inspires, illuminates and cross pollinates from the corporate concrete jungle to the wilderness of underfunded underground arts. Edwina began her journey in performance poetry in Britain’s fertile LGBT community in 1987. The UK welcomes Edwina’s 30 year reunion with her radical roots.
  • Hayley Burwood local poet and chair of Opening Doors uses poetry as a healing process to express her past experiences
  • 18 year old Nesta James  who busks in Norwich a solo singer song writer will be singing ‘We are gentle angry people’ and one of own songs.

Speakers include:

  • Emergency rescue services
  • Lucy Ashby-Otun and her daughter Ruby from the Women Supporting Women Norfolk and Waveney group.
  • The Equality Party is a new political party set up by women and they will be talking about women in work and sex education in schools.
  • Katy Jon Went will give facts and figures about violence against women
  • BSL interpreter Bobbi Hallsworth will be sign language interpreting the event as well as speaking about violence against women in the hard of hearing community.

A small grant from Co-op supermarket has helped towards the costs of this year’s event. It was raised through their community token box system.

For more information email: artist@eloiseohare.co.uk and check out the Norwich Rising website.

Featured image: still from Norwich Rising 2015 / visual mode


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