Nottingham’s Mass Bolero will be a tribute to Torvill and Dean
Friday 14 February 2014 marks 30 years to the day that Nottingham ice championship skaters, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, became world famous at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics for their perfect six Gold medal performance of the Bolero. Yesterday, the pair returned to Sarajevo where they were welcomed with rapturous applauds before performing their iconic routine in the same stadium.
To commemorate the skating sensations, we already have the National Ice Centre within the heart of the city, which was opened by Jayne Torvill on 1 April 2000, and there have been speculations for a Nottingham statue of the pair to be sited outside the Ice Centre.
Nottingham Playhouse has another accreditation up their sleeve. With the help of community groups, schools, sports venues and individuals, they plan to recreate their world-famous Bolero ice dance as part of a world premiere film. The catch is, you won’t need skates!
The Mass Bolero project is a new major partnership with Dance4, Confetti Media Group and Notts TV, and Torvill and Dean have revealed their excitement for the project. It will be a mass participation project including a flash mob event in Nottingham’s city centre. The clips will be edited together to create a film made up of the contributions of, it is hoped, thousands of people from around the city.
The Mass Bolero film will launch the Nottingham European Arts & Theatre Festival (NEAT14), a festival that celebrates the best European theatre, music, performance and visual art across Nottingham, and will take place from 23 May – 1 June 2014.
Nottingham Playhouse’s Chief Executive, Stephanie Sirr, is thrilled with the enthusiasm for this project from partners across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as everyone wants to pay tribute to Torvill and Dean.
To find out more about the Mass Bolero project, log on to www.massbolero.co.uk.