London Borough of Barnet

Children dive into an underwater world of dance at Barnet’s libraries

Published Friday 6 July 2012

Children under four are invited to dive into a colourful underwater world full of dance and enchanting characters at five of Barnet’s libraries.

The free interactive dance performance choreographed by Melanie Ingram is inspired by Marcus Pfister’s much-loved children’s story, The Rainbow Fish.

The Underwater Wonder performances are presented by Sadler’s Wells as part of Big Dance 2012, a programme of the London 2012 Festival. Underwater Wonder offers fun and exciting performances which children under four can watch and take part in as they dance, sing and play under the sea.

Sarah Baker, Creative Learning Project Manager at Sadler’s Wells, said: “Sadler’s Wells is delighted to be collaborating with north London’s libraries to present Underwater Wonder, bringing to life a treasured children’s book in a way that encourages creativity and expression, which will ignite a long lasting interest in movement and reading.”

The production will tour twelve libraries in north London, with five featured in Barnet. There are 20 spaces available for children accompanied by one adult/guardian at each library performance; booking is recommended via the individual libraries. 

Notes to Editors:
About Big Dance 2012:

Big Dance is London's Legacy Trust UK programme delivered by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England. A national programme is co-ordinated by Foundation for Community Dance and is supported by major organisations including: Creative Scotland, Foundation for Sports and Arts, Sport England, NHS London, London Councils, Youth Dance England, Council for Dance Education and Training, Dance Champions, Sport and Recreation Alliance and the British Council. Big Dance is one of the world's biggest and most influential dance initiative delivered through a network of the UK's leading dance organisations: City Moves, Dance City, Dance South West, Dance4, Dancebase, DanceEast, Dancehouse, DanceXchange, Dundee Dance Partnership, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, East London Dance, Eden Court Theatre, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Macrobert Arts Centre, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Sadler's Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance, South East Dance and Yorkshire Dance.

Performance dates are as follows:
  • South Friern Library – 4 July at  2.30 - 3pm 
  • Childs Hill Library – 5 July at  11-11.30am 
  • Mill Hill library – 6 July at 2.30pm – 3pm 
  • East Finchley library – 11 July at 11.30am – 12 noon 
  • East Barnet library – 13 July at 2.30pm – 3pm 

Photo Opportunity:
Photographers are invited to come along to the event at East Finchley Library on 11 July. Please contact 020 8359 7771 if you wish to attend.