Launch Day is a celebration of the working class and shipbuilding in all its industrial glory. Inspired by the paintings of artist Alexander Millar, Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre crafts exciting and powerful movement, combined with an enchanting soundtrack featuring music by Mark Knopfler and Irish composer Breifne Holohan. Launch Day brings to life Millar’s iconic characters – the ‘Gadgies’ –and British shipyard workers socially and at work.
Launch Day will delight anyone with a passion for the industrial history of the UK, celebrating the rich culture of country’s past and present.
Co-commissioned by Dance City and Queen’s Hall Hexham.
Launch Day is a beautiful work and deserves to be performed region wide and beyond.” Fresh Northeast, 2015
“Alexander Millar inspired work Launch Day has real potential for mass appeal, some lovely iconic imagery” Alex Croft, ACE 2014
“It’s always exciting when individual pieces of creative work come together to make something else. This project with Kristin’s dancers is inspired by painting and song and I’m delighted that some of my music is a part of it” Mark Knopfler, 2016
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