Watch the cranes dance to the beat at Bristol Docks Heritage weekend


Iconic cranes lining Bristol’s harbourfront came to life last night in a special event to celebrate Docks Heritage Weekend. The three cranes outside M-Shed started dancing at 8pm in a one-off performance as part of Crane Dance Bristol.

Organised and performed by Pervasive Media Studio artist Laura Kriefman, colourful lights illuminated the cranes and nearby rowing boats.
With live music from RSVP Bhangra and choirs, the synchronised cranes grooved to the beat.
It was the headline event of the Docks Heritage Weekend, which saw activities exploring the history and working life of the Old City Docks.

Laura, who grew up in Henleaze and went to school in Filton, had choreographed the dance as part of the inaugural The Space/WIRED Creative Fellowship, a £30,000 award for new digital art.
The 40-minute Bristol performance was a first and is set to grace London’s skyline next year.

Dozens waited outside the Lloyds Amphitheatre and Arnolfini to catch a glimpse of the dance.
Laura said: “Crane Dance Bristol celebrates the city’s cranes in all their physical glory – and encourages us to consider their heritage and imagine their future. I’ve always loved the M-Shed cranes and I couldn’t wait to bring them to life – even if only for one night.”

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