Southpaw Dance Company and Middlesbrough Town Hall are looking for 100 volunteers to participate in an immersive dance performance, Erimus, that will celebrate the reopening of Middlesbrough Town Hall.

No previous experience of dance or performance is required – just ask the 100 people from Hull (here and here) who performed with us in Rush!

Erimus will celebrate the future of Middlesbrough Town Hall, exploring what it means to be from Middlesbrough, celebrating Middlesbrough’s rich cultural identity and how the Town Hall acts as a beacon within that cultural landscape. The performance will highlight the history of the building and lead audiences into previously unknown areas, such as the cells and courtroom, culminating in a large-scale mass movement finale, a spectacular dance theatre piece with projection mapping and text derived from conversations with Middlesbrough residents and participants in the show.

Participants need to be able to commit to the following:

  • Kick off workshop in April
  • Two evening sessions per week for the five weeks leading up to the performance
  • A weekend “intensive” 19th and 20th May (non-residential)
  • Run through evening of the 23rd May
  • Technical run through with invited guests evening of 24th May
  • Five performances between Friday 25th  and Sunday 27th May.

All sessions will be based in Teesside but there may be opportunities to participate in other aspects of the creation of Erimus taking place elsewhere in the North East.

Undecided? Let Debbie Mowforth have her say about what it’s like to work with us, have a look at our Facebook reviews and see what people say.

Sign up and be the voice of your town’s future.

Please note when you submit the form, it will take you to the home page of our website.

The restoration of Middlesbrough Town Hall was funded by Middlesbrough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The community cast workshops are supported by our Creative Fuse North East Innovation Pilot, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and European Regional Development Funding.

Erimus Participant Registration

There is a private group on Facebook for Erimus participants which we use for posting updates about sessions and videos of choreography. All participants will be invited to join this group.