Pavilion to stage major arts event

Contemporary dancers Holly Irving (wearing black boots) and Natasha Kowalski (wearing white boots) who will be taking part in Sunday's event at the Apollo Pavilion.

Contemporary dancers Holly Irving (wearing black boots) and Natasha Kowalski (wearing white boots) who will be taking part in Sunday's event at the Apollo Pavilion.

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A CONTROVERSIAL sculpture will become a hive of creative activity when an arts extravaganza is staged this weekend.

The award-winning Apollo Pavilion, in Peterlee, will play host to a major arts event, called Bridging The Gap One Small Step, One More Step, from 5.30pm until around 10pm this Sunday.

The controversial 1960s landmark, in Sunny Blunts, is staging the exciting free event as part of the Brass: Durham International Festival, which runs until July 17.

Choreographer Dora Frankel, composer Peter Coyte and visual artist Sam Goodlet will use the pavilion as a focal piece for an innovative evening of performances.

The three artists’ work has drawn inspiration from the local community and the history surrounding the Apollo Pavilion.

They have delivered education workshops in schools, colleges and at the community centre – giving the project a sense of ownership to the people of Peterlee.

The community involvement included contributions from The Academy at Shotton Hall, East Durham College and Dene Community School of Technology.

Mr Goodlet has designed the concept of a huge adventure playground that creates a new space for the dancers and members of the public to explore.

There will be a Jacob’s Ladder that swings from the Apollo Pavilion brickwork and a two-metre diameter perspex hoop that spins on the first level.

The installation grows up from the waterside continuing inside the Apollo Pavilion and is woven into the architecture.

The event, organised in conjunction with Apollo Pavilion Community Association (APCA) and Durham County Council, will also include performances by Peterlee’s GT Group Band and Magicaboola.

David Taylor-Gooby, chairman of APCA, said: “It is very important that we have cultural and artistic activities centred on the Apollo Pavilion.

“It symbolises the vision of an artist for the new town and we want as many people as possible to develop their own artistic visions, and perhaps go on to do great things.

“The Apollo Pavilion is there for everyone to enjoy, and I hope a host of people from the local community will gain something from the activities we are organising.

“It is wonderful to play our part in a festival that looks to celebrate the heritage of the region and Brass will put the Apollo Pavilion onto an international stage.”

For further details about the Apollo Pavilion event, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk.