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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Lakes Alive to bring fiery Spanish parade to Whitehaven

The amazing sights of a fiery Spanish parade will be on show in Whitehaven this weekend, as Lakes Alive comes to town.

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Xarxa Theatre’s Fire of the Sea show

Valencian theatre company Xarxa will be performing its amazing show El Foc Del Mar – Fire on the Sea at the harbour today and tomorrow evening from 9.30pm.

In El Foc Del Mar, they perform a fiery parade, with giant characters, inspired by the imagery of the great Catalan artist Miro, which walk off the canvas and transform into fireworks.

Councillor Tim Knowles, from Copeland Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to help Lakes Alive bring this fantastic, free show to Whitehaven. It is an exciting and imaginative performance with fireworks, costumes, and live music. We hope lots of people will come to the harbour and have a great time watching the show.”

The audience will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish street celebration as they join the parade with the giants around the fiery harbour side.

Julie Tait, director of Kendal Arts International, which creates Lakes Alive, said: “We have pulled together an exciting and eclectic programme of shows this year that we hope will bring music, laughter, excitement and inspiration to people living in, and visiting, Cumbria this summer.”

The Lakes Alive programme will also visit Cleator Moor and Millom as part of the tour.

There will be evening shows in Millom, next Wednesday and Cleator Moor next Thursday, both from 6pm. An afternoon performance will also be held in Whitehaven from 12.30pm next Friday.

Performances on this tour are a two-part event. The first is La FamilleGoldini, a French act that provides a family-friendly cabaret which is an atmospheric mixture of traditional circus, cabaret and fairground amusement.

La FamilleGoldini includes tap dancing, hand balancing, rola bola, acrobatics and feats of strength.

The other part consists of an athletic performance called Captive by British dance company Motionhouse. Captive, which is performed by four dancers within a giant cage, is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther .

Hugh Branney, Copeland council’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, said: “Lakes Alive always bring something spectacular to Whitehaven and I am sure this year will be no exception.”

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