Dancers and aerialists will perform in and around an enormous vessel in the centre of Birmingham’s Victoria Square, accompanied by a choir, live music and original film projections from the award-winning Logela Multimedia.
Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, alongside dance companies Motionhouse and Legs On The Wall, The Voyage was created as part of the London Festival 2012, to tell the simple tale of travellers leaving in search of a better life, all for free.
“It’s going to be mind-blowing,” said Louise Richards, creative director from Motionhouse.
“Central to The Voyage, is a life-sized ship. It’s unprecedented in scale and unique in nature.
“But it’s a simple story. Whether travelling to find a new home, as many have in multicultural Birmingham, or athletes travelling across the globe for the Olympics, people take their dreams and hopes for the future with them.”
As the ship sets sail on its Voyage, Birmingham Town Hall will be transformed into undiscovered worlds by spectacular projected imagery.
“It’s designed to be immersive,” Louise added. “Told through a range of medias, the imagery will be incredibly beautiful while the live action takes place, not only on the ship but around the audience, and is integrated with film.
“It’s a real once-in-a-lifetime experience, hopefully for the dancers and the audience.”
Professional dancers will join forces with 140 dancers from eight community groups to bring the story to life.
Sita Manghnani Hans, director of Solihull Youth Dance Company, based at Alderbrook School, said: “We’ve been really fortunate to have been chosen. This is the biggest thing we’ve ever been involved with.
“Rehearsals have been unbelievable, going from rehearsing in a studio to the NEC has been quite overwhelming, and the set, I can’t begin to explain the scale of it.
“We were able to go on board it, it felt like we were on the real thing.
“It’s been a real challenge for the students, with the length of rehearsals, but it’s a brilliant experience that they will never forget.
“Even if they go professional, I can’t imagine they will top this.”
The Voyage is on from 10pm on Thursday 21- Sunday 24 June.