Flashmob stuns folk waiting on Carlisle train station platform
Published at 08:47, Friday, 20 May 2011
Jaws dropped at Carlisle station as dance students gave a surprise flashmob-style performance on the platforms.
Stunned commuters watched yesterday morning as Cumbria university students unleashed their contemporary dance moves.
The project – called 10.07 from Carlisle – kicked off as the 10.07am train for Birmingham left the platform.
Station staff announced the performance over the public address system, then groups of four dotted around the platforms began to dance.
To the surprise of onlookers, the 16 dancers then met near platform one for a joint routine that lasted six minutes.
John Almond, owner of Caffeine Rush mobile coffee shop, watched the group as he served drinks to commuters. “It was really entertaining,” he said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this here before. We had the Homebase advert here, so we do see a few different things at the station. But we’ve never had anyone performing.”
The event was part of the first-year Joint Honours Dance degree programme.
Lecturer Zoe Gadd said: “For the first-year students, every performance is site specific to get them out into the community and to raise awareness of contemporary dance.
“We chose the station because it’s an interesting building and is historical so bringing something contemporary to it was a real contrast.”
The dance was loosely inspired by the theme of suspicion.
“We looked at encounters with people and at how you check you have all of your belongings with you when you’re in a public space,” Zoe added.
“It wasn’t about terrorism – it was about suspicion in a small way and this sat very well with the station.”
Dancer Faye Etherington, 18, said: “I thought it went really well and I really enjoyed it.”
Emma Bostock, 20, said the experience was exhilarating. She added: “I was nervous beforehand, but I was more nervous I wouldn’t hear the music because of the freight trains.
“Anything could have happened, but I like that and it was about not knowing who was going to be watching.”
Fellow performer Scott Campbell, 19, said: “There were people here who might never go to a theatre but yet they have now been and seen a performance.”
A flashmob is a craze which started in America and involves a group of people who assemble in a public place to perform unusual acts or dances.
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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