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How to be Afraid? by mayfield brooks and Mary Pearson will take place within the grounds of Newstead Abbey. This performance will also be accompanied by a film by Ben Harriott and will close a two-week residency curated by Eleanor Sikorski.

Eleanor Sikorski has curated two choreographic residencies to take place at Newstead Abbey, a stately home in Nottinghamshire as part of the European research project Dancing Museums II.

The first residency will host mayfield brooks and Mary Pearson and the second Seke Chimutengwende and five dancers. The artists will spend time at Lord Byron’s former home, a unique and historically loaded site, working on their own projects; in different ways, they will reflect on the racialised histories of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade which haunt Newstead’s legacy. These residencies will be open to the public.

The performance is FREE and there is no need to book.

To attend the event, please meet Dance4 staff on the lawn in front of the main house no later than 2pm. The event will be a performed guided walking tour of Newstead Abbey house and gardens which includes film, reflection time, and live performance. The duration of the event is 90 minutes.

Please note that a mask will need to be worn when inside the house.

Access into the Newstead Abbey grounds via car is £6 and contactless payment only. You can find out more about visiting the park here.

Dancing Museums is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Landscape image design by Lan Le.

How to be Afraid? by mayfield brooks and Mary Pearson
presented at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Newstead Abbey
Nottingham, NG15 8NA United Kingdom


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