Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Creativity alive and Well

Thu 20 August 2015, 4:34 pm

A performance piece at the former Sanofi pharmaceutical factory in Dagenham will celebrate the history of the site, which closed in 2013 after being in operation for 79 years.

Artist Geraldine Pilgrim’s show, Well, will tell the story of the factory through ballroom dancing couples, choirs, line dancers and contemporary dance groups. The focus of the show is how the factory, which opened as May & Baker in 1934, inspired “love and happy memories” from its ex-employees. 

Well will be performed between 31 August and 6 September 2015 and was commissioned by Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) – the organisation funded by the Arts Council England to encourage more community engagement with the arts in the borough.

Liza Vallance, the artistic director of Studio 3 Arts, the organisation responsible for CBD, said: “The landmark commissions are all about showcasing Barking and Dagenham as a place where great art happens. It’s a really exciting time for culture in the borough at the moment.

"All of our CBD commissions are sensitive, locally-owned projects which are uniquely inspired by local people and places and chosen by our cultural connectors, a growing group of over 100 local residents at the heart of the CBD programme.”

 

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