Harlequin Liberty floor for Tate Modern performance

Thursday, 2 October 2003
UK - When the world-famous Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform in the Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern this November, their programme will take place on Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels - just the same as the dance company use in their own New York studios. As part of the 25th Anniversary of Dance Umbrella - London's annual international festival of contemporary dance - New York's Merce Cunningham Dance Company will also be celebrating their own 50th anniversary, with performances between the 4 and 8 November.

The choice of floor is naturally an important consideration and thanks to MCDC's successful experience with Harlequin in America, Liberty portable panels were the obvious choice for London too. Harlequin's marketing manager Monica Arnott and Simon Byford, technical director for Dance Umbrella, surveyed the Turbine Hall and quickly established the requirements for three performance areas, where the audience will be able to circulate and appreciate these leading exponents of modern dance at close quarters. Since the Turbine Hall has to be cleared each night, the Harlequin Liberty Panels will be loaded onto Harlequin's new storage carts after each performance, then wheeled away and safely stored, all with the minimum of effort.

As part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations British Harlequin have teamed up with Dance Umbrella and are offering the chance to win two free tickets to a performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Tate Modern. Entry to the competition is free and open to anyone with an interest in modern dance. Full details are only available online at Harlequin's web site.

(Ruth Rossington)

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