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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

        

Featured performances: Above: Picture 1. Ye Gods in the Culture Zone  Picture 2. Blues & Shoes next to the Encounters Stage

     

Featured Performances: Above Picture 3. Vee Project next to the Encounters Stage Picture 4. Flying the Nest in the Children’s Field

Culture Zone

Featuring up and coming musicians, Choirs, Circus, Dance & Theatre performances

Programmed by Woking Borough Council supported by Dance Woking and Phoenix Cultural Centre
11.30am - 7.30pm
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Ye Gods
2:05pm & 4:15pm
Running time: 30 minutes
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Dance Woking Showcase
3.20pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Bandstand Field

Curated in conjunction with Woking Borough Council, Dance Woking have programmed Hoc & Mark from Cambs & Beds Lindy Experience (C&BLE) to lead a series of demos and dance classes as well as popular novelty dances; Dancing couple Emily & Mark to lead beginner Tango and Lindy hop stroll as well as the Dance Woking team who will lead fun dance class and free style

Programmed by Dance Woking & Woking Borough Council
11.45am - 6.30pm
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Dance Woking led fun workshops
11.45am & 1.30pm

Freestyle dancing
12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
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Cambs & Beds Lindy Experience with Hoc & Mark
1pm*, 2pm*, 3:30pm** & 4:30pm**
Running Time: *30 minutes **60 minutes
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Dancing couple Emily & Mark
3pm & 5pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Main Stage

Dance Woking has programmed a series of platforms highlighting the diversity and breadth of Dance Woking's amazing Community of Dance Schools with a special feature at 12.35pm

A mix of Dance Woking showcases, live music & film
12noon until 8.30pm
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Dance Woking Showcase
1.40pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Dance Woking Showcase
3.10pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Dance Woking Showcase
5.10pm

Running time: 45 minutes
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Encounters Stage

Dance Woking has programmed the Encounters Stage, which features four community dance platforms, dance workshops and featured performances by Project Vee, Sole Rebel Tap, Amina Khayyam Dance Company and Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Produced by Dance Woking
A mix of Dance Woking showcases, dance workshops & featured performances
12pm to 6.30pm
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Dance Woking Schools & Community Platform
12pm

Running time 15 minutes
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Celestial Motion, Virtual Dance Experience Choreographed by Alexander Whitley
12.30pm to 5.30pm
Running time 5 minutes
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Sole Rebel Tap perform 'Blues & Shoes'
12:45pm, 3.15pm* & 5:15pm
Running time: 15 minutes
*Followed by 30 minute Tap Workshop!
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Dance Woking Showcase
1pm

Running Time: 30 minutes
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Project Vee
1.30pm & 4.45pm

Running time; 25 minutes
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Alexander Whitley Dance Company
2pm - 2.30pm & 4.15pm - 5.15pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Dance Woking lead fun workshops
3.50pm - 4.15pm & 5.30pm - 5.50pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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Children's Field

Dance Woking is pleased to be able to bring back Handmade Theatre with a new show as well as Moxie Brawl for the first time at Party in the Park

A mix of performances, making opportunities, food & drink
12noon to 6.30pm
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Handmade Theatre Flying the Nest
1pm and 3pm

Running time: 55 minutes
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Moxie Brawl Windibops!
2pm and 5pm

Running time: 30 minutes
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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

Culture Zone

Featuring up and coming musicians, Choirs, Circus, Dance & Theatre performances

Programmed by Woking Borough Council supported by Dance Woking and Phoenix Cultural Centre

Start times:

11.30am - 7.30pm

Performance Area :Culture Field

For details of all the activities in this area look out for the pink boards

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Ye Gods

Start times:

2:05pm & 4:15pm
Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Culture Zone Performance Area

A brand new show set in a 6m diameter model town with three performers towering over the proceedings like gods.
YE GODS features striking visuals, a vivid sound installation, sardonic wit, random acts of tenderness, eruptions of irresponsibility and a micro-apocalypse.
The gods gradually bring the miniature town to life with a witty use of objects placed inside buildings and triggered sound effects.
Church bells ring out, a factory grinds into action, there’s a boozy sing-along in the pub and the local dog’s home can’t stop its inmates barking at the church bells.
By the time these three have finished the entire tiny town is humming with life.
HOWEVER... all is not rosy in this world.
The gods are not sentimental and are quite willing to undo what they have created. A scene of destruction inflicted by a rogue weather pattern ensues.
The audience look down on all this.
All is not lost, something is reborn from this miniature disaster area and thus the cycle carries on.

Whalley Range All Stars is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading street theatre companies, combining visual art with performance to create vivid, imaginative and intelligent productions and installations for outdoor festivals and events.
The company has created more than 70 different shows, installations and events, receiving critical and popular acclaim for their imagination and quality, and has toured to 26 countries across 5 continents, performing to hundreds of thousands of people, and appearing at major street theatre, puppet, mime, dance and children’s festivals, and events of all shapes and sizes.

Dance Woking Showcase

Start times:

3.20pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Performance Tent, Culture Field

A mix of community dance schools and a fun dance workshop led by Dance Woking

Bandstand Field

Curated in conjunction with Woking Borough Council, Dance Woking have programmed Hoc & Mark from Cambs & Beds Lindy Experience (C&BLE) to lead a series of demos and dance classes as well as popular novelty dances; Dancing couple Emily & Mark to lead beginner Tango and Lindy hop stroll as well as the Dance Woking team who will lead fun dance class and free style

Programmed by Dance Woking & Woking Borough Council

Start times:

11.45am - 6.30pm

Performance Area :Tea Tent & Band stand

For time table in the Band stand field look out for the orange boards

Dance Woking led fun workshops

Start times:

11.45am & 1.30pm

Freestyle dancing
12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Performance Area :Tea Tent

Dance Woking lead fun workshops and free style in the tea tent, all welcome

Cambs & Beds Lindy Experience with Hoc & Mark

Start times:

1pm*, 2pm*, 3:30pm** & 4:30pm**
Running Time: *30 minutes **60 minutes

Performance Area :Tea Tent

1pm: Learn 1938 Novelty dances with
Hoc & Mark of Cambs & Beds Lindy Experience (C&BLE)

2pm: Lindy hop demo; Learn Basic Foxtrot and
Novelty Dance with Hoc & Mark

3.30pm: Balboa demo; Learn The Big Apple with Hoc & Mark

5.30pm: Learn popular Novelty Dance with C&BLE Team
plus Freestyle to DJ Mark

Dancing couple Emily & Mark

Start times:

3pm & 5pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Tea Tent

3pm: Demo and learn basic Tango with Emily & Toby

5pm: Demo and learn fun Charleston stroll with Emily & Toby

Main Stage

Dance Woking has programmed a series of platforms highlighting the diversity and breadth of Dance Woking's amazing Community of Dance Schools with a special feature at 12.35pm

Start times:

A mix of Dance Woking showcases, live music & film
12noon until 8.30pm

Performance Area :Main Stage

Dance Woking Showcase

Start times:

1.40pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Main Stage

Dance Woking Showcase
Summerscales Performing Arts, Belly Tricks, Boogie Pumps, Sayapatri Nepali,
Holly School of Dance: #Fresh & #LilFresh, GObounce TEENS

Dance Woking Showcase

Start times:

3.10pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Main Stage

Dance Woking Showcase
Dreamcatchers Stage School, Global Grooves Foundation,
Jenny Reeds School of Dance, Summerscales Performing Arts

Dance Woking Showcase

Start times:

5.10pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Performance Area :Main Stage

Dance Woking Showcase
Amina Khayyam Dance Company, Nocturn Dance, Dancayers,
Summerscales Performing Arts, Zambesi Dance Company

Encounters Stage

Dance Woking has programmed the Encounters Stage, which features four community dance platforms, dance workshops and featured performances by Project Vee, Sole Rebel Tap, Amina Khayyam Dance Company and Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Produced by Dance Woking

Start times:

A mix of Dance Woking showcases, dance workshops & featured performances
12pm to 6.30pm

Performance Area :

For time table of activities in the Encounter stage look out for the blue board

Dance Woking Schools & Community Platform

Start times:

12pm

Running time 15 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Performing: Kingfield Primary School, The Park School, Maybury Primary School, Westfield Primary School, Dramatize, Esher CofE School, Woking Stage Coach

Celestial Motion, Virtual Dance Experience Choreographed by Alexander Whitley

Start times:

12.30pm to 5.30pm
Running time 5 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Celestial Motion; A virtual reality dance experience,



Produced by The Guardian’s award-winning in-house VR team, and made in association with Sadler’s Wells. A virtual reality dance experience, produced by The Guardian’s award-winning in-house VR team, and made in association with Sadler’s Wells. The piece is The Guardian’s first arts-inspired VR experience and was directed by Shehani Fernando and produced by Anetta Jones. Celestial Motion continues Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s ongoing exploration into digital technologies and dance, building on the company’s growing reputation for innovative collaborations with leading thinkers from the worlds of science, design, technology and architecture.
In the interactive VR piece, users are transported to a cosmic landscape. Here, viewers are able to switch between watching the dancers in their human form and experiencing a parallel world where ethereal digital figures perform the same choreography.

Sole Rebel Tap perform 'Blues & Shoes'

Start times:

12:45pm, 3.15pm* & 5:15pm
Running time: 15 minutes
*Followed by 30 minute Tap Workshop!

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

BLUES & SHOES is Sole Rebel Tap’s latest endeavour, supported by Arts Council England. A duet with two performers; a pianist/singer and dancer combining a love for the blues, song and tap dance. ‘Blues & Shoes’ tells stories though music, dance and theatre. An uplifting show suitable for all ages and audiences.
‘Super cool...loved the music, the dancers, the vibe... AMAZING! Taptastic, awesome.’ - Audience feedback, Oxford Dancin’ Festival.
About Sole Rebel Tap:
Founded by Hannah Ballard in 2010, Sole Rebel Tap creates innovative and theatrical tap dance performances with a contagious and explosive energy. Adaptable to different settings, indoor and outdoor, the work is accessible to a broad audience through a stylish and playful blend of nostalgia and invention.
Sole Rebel Tap have toured the UK extensively performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival, Vault Festival, Swansea ‘Dance Days’, Swingamjig, Woking Dance Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Somersault Festival, Wilderness Festival, Secret Garden, Just SO Festival, Ramsbottom Festival and Dancin’ Oxford Festival among others.
Performers: Hannah Ballard & Karen Wynne

Dance Woking Showcase

Start times:

1pm

Running Time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Summerscales Performing Arts, Apollo Performing Arts
Woking Malayalee Association,
Jenny Reed School of Dance
Woking Stage Coach, Esher CofE School

Project Vee

Start times:

1.30pm & 4.45pm

Running time; 25 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Juggling meets roulette wheel: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. When steel, motors and concrete meet, Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. Literally.
Project_Vee is a juggling duet based around a spinning structure, raising up to 2.5m high.
Project_Vee is part of the Without Walls programme, and toured across the UK in 2016 including shows at GDIF, Inside Out Dorset, SIRF & Hat Fair.

Project_Vee is a collaboration between PanGottic and Circus Geeks; two award winning British circus companies

Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Start times:

2pm - 2.30pm & 4.15pm - 5.15pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Alexander Whitley Dance Company lead this fun
taster dance class suitable for all the family

Dance Woking lead fun workshops

Start times:

3.50pm - 4.15pm & 5.30pm - 5.50pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Encounters Stage

Learn Dance Woking’s fun Flash mob & join in the
dance finale at 6.25pm

Children's Field

Dance Woking is pleased to be able to bring back Handmade Theatre with a new show as well as Moxie Brawl for the first time at Party in the Park

Start times:

A mix of performances, making opportunities, food & drink
12noon to 6.30pm

Performance Area :Children's Field

For details of activities in the children's field look out for the yellow baords

Website :
Handmade Theatre Flying the Nest

Start times:

1pm and 3pm

Running time: 55 minutes

Performance Area :Children's Field

Flying The Nest is a devised show inspired by British Birds. In true HandMade Theatre style this piece is an interactive theatrical experience designed with and for children and families.
You are welcome to sit in your very own bird nests, enrol in Hatchling College, and learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Filled with a fantastic mix of music, drama, facts and fun, this gently humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way. The piece is a visual feast of puppets, props and costumes including lots of things with which to get hands on and interactive.
HandMade Theatre makes unique, interdisciplinary work with performance at its heart. They specialise in making interactive performances, which engage audience in unusual ways. They make artwork primarily for families, telling stories through creative happenings and live performance.

Moxie Brawl Windibops!

Start times:

2pm and 5pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Performance Area :Children's Field

Windibops is a new rib tickling, inclusive and fun dance piece for children and their families aged 5-100.
Three dancing scientists Volta Flatulence, Caroline Trumpface and Daisy Parphead invite you into the Windibops laboratory to investigate flatulence and whether it has an impact on global warming. Join the three talented performers as they manoeuvre in this comical, fun world combining high quality dance, humour, strange sounds and amusing smells. With moving lab tables, fart jars, cows and test tubes we create a colourful and interactive world of experiences to bring dance and science together in a mesmerising ball of fun.

Moxie Brawl is a fresh all-female inclusive dance theatre company and winner of the Gone In 20 Minutes 2013 Jury Prize whose work has already been described as ‘wholly absorbing’, ‘endearingly witty’ and ‘satisfying’. Moxie Brawl creates work for the outdoors, indoors and places where dance shouldn’t be.
Choreography: Sarah Blanc

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!