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The first ever Urban Moves International Dance Festival took place 12 years ago, in July 2005, across Manchester City Centre & Stockport. On the programme, our Director, Deb Ashby, wrote; ‘I am delighted to be introducing the first Urban Moves, a festival of dance in the most unexpected places.’ And it was. We took dance to Castlefield Arena, The Printworks, Exchange Square, Albert Square, Victoria Baths & Stockport Market.
The objective of Urban Moves was primarily to take dance out of the security and exclusivity of theatres and onto the street to an unsuspecting audience, for free! It was a way to give an audience an experience they wouldn’t necessarily have experienced otherwise. The festival was set up with this vision in mind.
Urban Moves 2005 also played host to arguably the most memorable performance to this day; Sol Picó’s ‘Amor Diesel’. A spectacle with three ballerinas, three men & three JCB diggers. Multiple award-winning Sol Picó performed what was the UK premiere at Castlefield Arena on the opening day of the weekend festival in a performance that drew plenty of press coverage, from the Manchester Evening News to The Guardian, for the inaugural Urban Moves.