An extraordinary show that spans aerial acts, local performers and spectacular illuminations is coming to MediaCity this June.

Commissioned by Quays Culture and in partnership with Cirque Bijiou, Way Above the Houses is a unique arts project inspired by the people of Salford.

Taking place on Sat 11 Jun at MediaCity, Way Above the Houses will start outside The Lowry with a performance featuring local dancers, led by experienced choreographer Lizzie Klotz, creating a kaleidoscope of moving lights, using illuminated and colourful umbrellas.

From The Lowry, performers and audiences will process over the bridges, past the Imperial War Museum, arriving in MediaCity’s Piazza for a dazzling display of aerial acts, community performances and local voices.

The project is being shaped by stories gathered from local people about what Salford means to them, through a series of unique, reflective and inspiring workshops. These stories will be woven together by critically acclaimed musician Ted Barnes, who is writing new music especially for the piece.  A community choir will perform the music live as part of the show, brought together by Ordsall Singers’ Choir Leader, Jeff Borradaille.

Rachel Adams, Producer of Way Above the Houses, has been working with The Lowry Learning & Engagement team to gather stories from communities at Salford Foyer, Oasis Academy and groups at Salford Community Leisure that will feature as part of the piece. She says: “As individuals, we all have a unique story and experience of a place. When we come together as a community, we become greater than the sum of our parts. We want people to feel connected to Salford and have a feeling of belonging; being inspired listening to the stories of others.”

Way Above The Houses will be the second time Quays Culture has partnered Cirque Bijou at MediaCity. The two performances, one at 5.30pm and the other at 9pm, will allow audiences to watch this illuminating and spectacular show in daylight and darkness.

The event is completely free to attend, and the show will have BSL interpretation—both live and virtually—via the big screen in MediaCity’s Piazza.

Sat 11 Jun, MediaCity, FREE
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 17 May 2022