Public amazed at first sneak preview event at The Hive.

Public amazed at first sneak preview event at The Hive.

27 March 2012

Thousands of people came out in Worcester on Saturday (24 March) to enjoy a day of dance as part of 12 Moves, the project to get Worcestershire dancing.

The Hive threw open its doors to the public for the first time to host an afternoon of dance, arts and theatre. 12 Moves creatures came alive as Robert Fletcher led his audience through a mysterious and magical promenade performance telling the story of his life as a crazy collector. The performance was opened by Colla Voce singing in a capella followed by dancers from schools across Worcestershire who performed four times during the day for an intrigued and spellbound audience. 

The Cabinet of Curious Collectables was revealed for the first time displaying abstracted photographs of the treasured items of county collectors! Collections included a Bookshelf of Bizzarness, over 250 mini Lego figures and a theatre programme collection dating back to 1976. Details of each collection were found alongside the cabinet in a bound manuscript. 

The children's library was buzzing with interactive activities and film clips of 12 Moves dancers from across the county over the last two years. The sun was beating down on The Hive's Library Island and clear skies allowed for spectacular views across Worcester which was greatly enjoyed by all.

Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer at Worcestershire County Council said "A spectacular 2,500 visitors came through The Hive's doors, to see this one off event. The public were also eager to see the interior of this iconic community library and history centre which is set to open this July. The combination of 12 Moves and the first public sneak preview event was a great success"

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, added: “It was wonderful to see The Hive filled with so many people throughout the day; just as we know it will be when it is open in July.

We had many fantastic comments about the building from families who are eager to get in and start using the facilities on offer.”

The event continued as crowds moved over to Croft Road to enjoy Breathe the Beat Roadshow and the finale for the day 12 Moves: After Dark, a magical film screening with live music which saw the Croft Road railway arches lit up into a giant cinema screen. The film shown contained the work of hundreds of Worcestershire dancers, turned into an animated feature by digital artists SDNA.

The 12 Moves event attracted more than 4,000 people over the course of the day. Look out for more preview events at The Hive this spring.

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