Wavelength festival to feature illuminated ‘dog ballet’ on Torre Abbey Sands – and your pooch can be involved

PUBLISHED: 16:20 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:47 22 October 2019

Torbay (c) Andrew, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Torbay (c) Andrew, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Dog lovers, dancers, designers and doodlers are invited to take part in Wavelength – Torbay’s celebration of light and sound.

For three nights in November audiences are invited to after dark experiences Torquay, including an illuminated 'Dog Ballet', huge light projections onto the cliffs, a flock of 100 people moving in tune with each other, the façade of Torre Abbey as a canvas for digital animations, and a range of other events and activities exploring light, sound and what makes the local area special.

Events and activities will take place from Rock Walk to Corbyn Head, up to Torre Abbey Grounds and Meadows. Wavelength takes place for three nights from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November.

For those keen to get more involved, there are a number of opportunities to participate:

- Dog owners and their pets are invited to be part of an illuminated Dog Ballet on the beach at Torre Abbey Sands, created by Nigel and Louise. Accompanied by their owners, a cast of dogs will wear light up collars and leads as they run, jump and chase illuminated balls across the beach to create a canine light display. The performance will be accompanied by live music created in response to the joy of the dogs playing on the beach. As darkness falls, an opera singer will sing a haunting aria.

- People who enjoy moving or dance can be part of Murmuration - a flock of people will dance and move together to directions using silent disco technology. This collective experience choreographed by Suzie West, will be accompanied by a sound score which weaves together fragments of sound and music.

- Those who like drawing, painting, photography, film or animation are invited to submit their creative work to be part of a digital animation that will be projected onto the façade of Torre Abbey. Individuals, local groups and schools are encouraged to make their mark on this well-known historic building, from the simplest pencil doodle on paper to computer generated animation. The projections will be created by The Media Workshop.

People wishing to take part in the 'Dog Ballet' should book in advance. For Murmuration participants can either book in advance or just turn up on the night to take part. Full details of how to take part in these and other projects during Wavelength are at eye-view.org.uk/participate and on the Eyeview Programme Facebook page.

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