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Sometimes you just happen to be somewhere at the right moment to witness something you probably wouldn’t have purposely decided to go and see.

First year students of the BPA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance were performing choreography inspired by the historic architecture and gardens at Harewood House and I happened to walk right into the middle of it.

“Are you here for the dancing?” the girl said.

“You asking?” I replied, guessing by her age that my response might be lost

“Funny” was the reply. With a smile. Obviously

So I watched; obviously.

There were two performances. The following images are from the first, both of which were free for Harewood House visitors. Each performance lasted around 50 minutes, with visitors encouraged to follow the dancers over the terrace and into the west gardens. The weather was wet and cold, so big credit to the dancers who had practiced at the venue for four weeks whilst the weather was sunny.

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Terrace steps

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Terrace bench

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The view

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West garden under the acer

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West garden in the open

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Under the rhododendron

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Follow us under the pine

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Beech hill

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Round the fountain

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Statue

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Finale

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Not usually my bag but this was really atmospheric and well portrayed. This performance really made me think about what I would choose to go see in the future.

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