The Black-E: Bill Harpe’s 12 Hour Dance Marathon Fundraiser

    Location (with MAP): The Black-E
    Date/Time: Saturday 19 September 2015. 10:00 - 22:00
    Event: Art Event - The Black-E: Bill Harpe’s 12 Hour Dance Marathon Fundraiser
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     79 year old Bill Harpe’s 12 hour dance marathon

    Saturday 19 September 2015, 10.00 – 22.00

    The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool L1 5EW


    One response to Hard Times at The Black-E – a reduction of 35% (£180,000) in Arts Council support over 3 years – is a series of ‘Arts of Survival’ events. First off is Bill’s 12 Hour Dance Marathon. Next is a Youngsters’ 12 Hour Sponsored Sleepover, 8pm-8am, Friday 25 September.

    Bill will be dancing to raise funds and support for The Black-E, formerly Great Georges Community Cultural Project, a charity prioritising creative and educational opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. The Charity offers children and young people “affection, protection, and direction” and provides a programme with “what they want, what they need, and what they have never dreamt of”.

    The Dance Marathon will take place in the in-the-round Main Space of The Black-E, much in use for circus training and performance, and as unique to the North West as The Roundhouse is to London. Visitors to The Black-E will be able to socialise, take in the Marathon performance, and step forward and dance with Bill.

    The Marathon will also be streamed from and with regular updates on Facebook, Black-e Liverpool, and Twitter, @TheBlackE

    Bill has pedigree as both a dancer and a choreographer, having arrived in Liverpool in 1961 to dance in a production starring Tommy Steele, and dancing thereafter in productions starring Morecambe and Wise.  Bill created the first Choreographed Mass for a company of international dancers to celebrate the Opening of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral in 1967, and has worked across a variety of art forms as a leader (and now Director) of The Black-E since 1968.

    Dancing for the 12 Hour Marathon will be continuous, except for toilet breaks and brief changes of clothing.  Bill intends to drink and snack as he dances