The Dancing in Museums Project
Everything is not as it seems in The Imagination Museum. Allow us to introduce you to Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour-guides who will bring to life a series of museum artefacts through words and movement.
This page relates to the original version of The Imagination Museum, but please visit imaginationmuseum.co.uk for full performance listings for this and other dance/heritage events, if you’re looking for information about more recent adaptations of the work, including for the Mayflower 400 commemorations from 2019-2020, or if you would like to join our new Imagination Museum Consortium for those interested in using dance and movement to respond to museum collections and heritage sites.
The Imagination Museum (original version) is a children's dance theatre piece created in collaboration with writer Anna Selby and composer Max Perryment which has been designed for promenade performances in museums and heritage sites as part of the Dancing in Museums project. Alongside our performances, we also deliver creative dance workshops for children aged 7-11. Click here to read more information about those workshops.
Between 2013 and 2019 we have shared The Imagination Museum (original version)with 30 museums across the UK. We have given 99 performances of the work. More than 6000 people have seen the work live, and the majority of those have seen it for free. 1600 children and young people have also joined us in workshops exploring the world of the work.
The creation of The Imagination Museum was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the early development was also supported by Lincolnshire County Council, Fund NK and Derbyshire County Council. Videos of previous performances are available at the following links: Boston Guildhall, the Beaney Museum, Canterbury, and the Horniman Museum (from 3.09 onwards).
Dancers: Robert Guy, Jessamin Landamore-Coyne and Lucy Starkey; joined in 2016 by Sarah Blanc, Joe Garbett, Megan Griffiths and Chloe Mead
Writing: Anna Selby
Composition: Max Perryment
Costume design: Berit Laageide
Stage design: James Perkins
Dramaturg/guest practitioner: Dr Tom Cornford
Choreographic mentor: Niki McCretton
Produced by Danielle Rose (2016) and Kate McStraw (2017)
Company Producer Claire Morton