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Stop Start Tango in Darlington’s Market

Posted on January 7, 2014

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00 tango squareDarlington’s Indoor Market was transformed on December 5, from 10am till 3pm, when locals were invited by Anton Hecht, Creative Darlington and the stall-holders to get involved in a tango art film project.

Participants were invited to partner tango dancer Lauren Rafferty, who moved around the market. Each member of the public was shown how to do a few moves, choreographed by Debbie Waistell of the D Project, and was filmed with the dancer. Many participants had not danced before this event, and age00 img 4266 copy was no barrier to people’s involvement.

Says Anton: “The stall-holders themselves also got involved, with the butcher doing a particularly exciting dip. In the final film with the dancer they dance through the market with all the different partners popping in and out of shot for a few seconds each.”

Anton has a history of creating videos in unique settings, including bus stops and Newcastle’s Grainger Market. Watch his Darlington video here

Creative Darlington has helped him and other artists to secure grants from the Arts Council England to develop new work in Darlington, alongside supporting artists and arts organisations to finance their activities through sponsorship, fundraising and philanthropy.

For further information, please contact Anton Hecht on or 07950 566 523.

Photographs: Jason Berge

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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