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Encounters, Saturday 30 June 2018

Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre, Woking, GU21 6YG

11am – 3pm

Hosted by Dance Woking, Encounters is an exciting taster event leading up to next Saturday’s Party in the Park, to delight shoppers and encourage attendance to Party in the Park on Saturday 7th July, taking place at Woking Park.

There are opportunities to take part, perform and watch.

This year we marks the 100 Anniversary of World War 1 and the Representation of the People’s Act

Party in the Park will be used as a platform to highlight these celebrations and showcase some of the community projects and activities that will focus on these significant milestone events, and encourage participation among Woking’s diverse communities, developing ‘pride of place’.

“Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers” – The Surrey History Centre will be planning events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the World War II (1914-1918), to showcase the work they have been involved in and promote their website “Surrey in the Great War”. The website will continue to serve as a legacy of the 1914-1918 Commemorations. The key theme for Party in the Park will be around the World War One theme.

Dame Ethel Smyth was a long-term citizen of Woking who had an international reputation, and it is most appropriate that our town should seek to be proud of Smyth, and to celebrate her achievements alongside those of other notables such as H.G. Wells.

Smyth was a remarkable woman by any standards, first and foremost a composer but also an author, a sportswoman, a vigorous campaigner for recognition of women’s contribution to the arts, and for two years (1910 –1912) a leading suffragette. She was especially active in raising awareness of the status of women within the music profession, and her books as well as her correspondence, most of which were written whilst living in Woking, contain much forthright defence of this subject. She was one of the most famous conductors of the Woking Choral Society

Dance Woking are looking forward to the return of Moxie Brawl with their performance of Sit Back – PROGRAMME DETAILS BELOW

Dance Woking Participation

Amina Khayyam Dance Company (AKDC)
11am & 2.30pm

Running Time: 10 minutes
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Moxie Brawl perform Sit Back
11.10am, 1.20pm & 2.40pm
Running Time: 20 minutes
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Woking Rock Choir led by Choir leader Danny Gortler
1pm

Running Time: 15 minutes
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Dance Woking lead movement & performance celebration parade
1.15pm
Running Time: 50 minutes
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Dance Woking special event
2.15pm

Running Time: 5 minutes
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Encounters, Saturday 30 June 2018

Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre, Woking, GU21 6YG

11am – 3pm

Hosted by Dance Woking, Encounters is an exciting taster event leading up to next Saturday’s Party in the Park, to delight shoppers and encourage attendance to Party in the Park on Saturday 7th July, taking place at Woking Park.

There are opportunities to take part, perform and watch.

This year we marks the 100 Anniversary of World War 1 and the Representation of the People’s Act

Party in the Park will be used as a platform to highlight these celebrations and showcase some of the community projects and activities that will focus on these significant milestone events, and encourage participation among Woking’s diverse communities, developing ‘pride of place’.

“Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers” – The Surrey History Centre will be planning events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the World War II (1914-1918), to showcase the work they have been involved in and promote their website “Surrey in the Great War”. The website will continue to serve as a legacy of the 1914-1918 Commemorations. The key theme for Party in the Park will be around the World War One theme.

Dame Ethel Smyth was a long-term citizen of Woking who had an international reputation, and it is most appropriate that our town should seek to be proud of Smyth, and to celebrate her achievements alongside those of other notables such as H.G. Wells.

Smyth was a remarkable woman by any standards, first and foremost a composer but also an author, a sportswoman, a vigorous campaigner for recognition of women’s contribution to the arts, and for two years (1910 –1912) a leading suffragette. She was especially active in raising awareness of the status of women within the music profession, and her books as well as her correspondence, most of which were written whilst living in Woking, contain much forthright defence of this subject. She was one of the most famous conductors of the Woking Choral Society

Dance Woking are looking forward to the return of Moxie Brawl with their performance of Sit Back – PROGRAMME DETAILS BELOW

Dance Woking Participation

Amina Khayyam Dance Company (AKDC)

Start times:

11am & 2.30pm

Running Time: 10 minutes

Performance Area :Jubilee Square

Amina Khayyam Dance uses Kathak, a story telling dance form.
Using props and original music this is an enchanting and inspired dance piece.

Moxie Brawl perform Sit Back

Start times:

11.10am, 1.20pm & 2.40pm
Running Time: 20 minutes

Performance Area :Jubilee Square

Evoking the spirit of the 1940s with an entertaining dance theatre piece celebrating the female workforce of the Second World War

Woking Rock Choir led by Choir leader Danny Gortler

Start times:

1pm

Running Time: 15 minutes

Performance Area :Jubilee Square

Performing at Encounters for the first time we are a choir of about 50 mostly women - as the theme is also remembering winning the right to vote for women, Rock Choir is the perfect organisation to be represented, having been founded by a woman and with over 24000 choir members nationwide most of whom are female it is a prime example of woman-empowerment. Rock Choir is much more than a choir - it's a multi layered singing experience. Rock Choir offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, pioneering a new approach to vocal training and entertainment. It was the first choir to offer the general public the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience.

Dance Woking lead movement & performance celebration parade

Start times:

1.15pm
Running Time: 50 minutes

Performance Area :Commercial Way, Mercier Walk & into Jubilee Square

Inspired by this years theme the Representation of the people's act and the Centenary of WW1

Dance Woking special event

Start times:

2.15pm

Running Time: 5 minutes

Performance Area :Jubilee Square

Performed by Westfield Primary School, Horsell Junior School, Horsell Village School, Kingfield Primary School, The Park School, Maybury Primary School, BellyTricks, Sayapatri Nepali, Francesca Louise Dance Company, Outside the Box & Dreamcatchers

Dance Woking & Party in the Parks

Dance Woking has been partnering with Woking Borough Council to present great dance at Party in the Park representing both the local community dance sector, which is extremely diverse, vibrant and strong as well as professional dance companies since this great free family day was introduced to Woking Park in 2012; moving from a very successful presentation of dance in Woking Town Centre’s Jubilee Square in previous years.

Each year we have filmed our activities at Woking Park featuring a round up of the highlights of the day; we wanted to share these short films with you;

Highlights of 2017: A 60’s & 70’s themed event with this year’s festivities in honour of Rick Parfitt from Status Quo and Woking’s very own The Jam.

Encounters in Woking Town Centre on Sat 1 July featuring a performance parade Encounters 2017

 

And Party in the Park 2017 in Woking Park:

 

Highlights of  2016 record breaking Party in the Park celebrating HG Wells 150th Anniversary, sci fi theme! For link click Scifi2016 

Party in the Park 2015 – had a vintage theme click Vintage2015 Fabulous support from the local community with an audience of 15,000

Party in the Park 2014 – linked to Big Dance click BigDance2014

Party in the Park 2013 – Remember Woking Jam with Temujin Gill? click WokingJam2013 a very hot day where we had a few dancers suffer heat stroke, 8000 in attendance

Party in the Park 2012 – This was Olympic year and once again we linked to Big Dance – a very wet Party in the Park but enjoyed by all those who attended, audience numbers were fantastic at 5,000 in attendance to revisit this day click OlympicYear2012

and a BigDance2012 special features

And for those of you who attended Woking Town Centre Jubilee Square in 2011 a bit of nostalgia! Click Rubbergloves2011 to see more, a feature of the 2011 flashmob!