Pop-up Performances at Thackray Museum of Medicine

30 Oct 2023

As part of our inaugural Community Engagement Tour we are excited to announce an additional venue for our 2023 tour. We will be live at the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds on Saturday 11 November presenting special pop-up performances in some very unusual spaces throughout the afternoon!

We believe that dance should be for everyone and by bringing dance to non-traditional performance spaces like the Thackray the possibilities for art and creativity are endless. Dance has the power to transform our surroundings and enrich our lives in an extraordinary way, and we hope that with performances like this we can demonstrate the power of dance to inspire by providing new opportunities for local people to engage with what we do.

Thackray Museum of Medicine, located in Harehills in a Grade II listed building adjacent to St James’ Hospital, tells the inspiring story of medicine. It has won the “Museum of the Year” award and recently enjoyed a multi-million-pound refurbishment, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in imaginative and exciting galleries to exploring the history of healthcare and discover the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other.

(Left: Victorian operating theatre. Photo Chapter 81. Right: Disease Street. Photo Dom Gregory.)

Throughout the afternoon our Company Dancers will be popping up at various locations across the museum, including a very different type pf theatre – a 19th century operating theatre – and on Disease Street, their grimy recreation of Victorian Leeds! They will be performing excerpts from Dane Hurst’s Requiem and an exclusive excerpt from Miguel Altunaga’s new work currently in development for the company.

(Left: Requiem. Photo Richard H. Smith. Right: Miguel Altuanga’s new work in creation. Photo Miguel Altuanga.)

We’re thrilled that the Thackray have expanded their Harehills Monday offer for this unique performance (despite being on a Saturday)! That means if you live or work in Harehills or Burmantofts you come along to the museum and enjoy it – and Phoenix – for FREE!

If you live elsewhere here’s how you can come along: The performances are offered as part of the general admission price for the museum. And the great news is that tickets for the last 12 months so you can visit as often as you like for the whole year! They have a host of activities, talks and tours that run each week, so there is plenty to enjoy over the coming months. Adult tickets cost £11.95, children (5-16) £8.95 with under 5s free. Discounts, concessions and family tickets also available – click here to find out more.

With a fascinating museum to explore, haunting dance, a café, shop and on-site parking – there’s never been a better time to visit the Thackray.

We hope to see you there!

(l-r: Thackray Museum & Gallery 3. Photos Chapter 81.)

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