4 August 2010 - Performing arts spectacular for 20,000 girls

Girlguiding’s flagship Centenary Camp in the grounds of Harewood House, near Leeds is in full swing, and the 5,000 girls at the camp are today joined by 20,000 more guiding members who are travelling to Harewood for Fusion, a one day open-air performing arts festival.
One thousand street performers and artists are taking part in this event, the biggest event
of Girlguiding’s Centenary year, and some of the best outdoor street performers from around the world will be featured.
Although there is plenty going on down on the ground, with performances and workshops taking place across the estate, two groups of aerial performers are set to wow the crowds below with a spectacular airshow. 
Highlights of the Show include:

  • Fusion Flashdance Flashmob - dancers from Mobata Dance School kick off an infectious dance routine. It is set to get 20,000 guiding members on their feet creating a vivid display as girls and women move in time, each twirling a piece of pink fabric.
  • Aerial acrobats The Dream Machine are flying above the crowds in heliospheres, weaving in between Flogos - pink and blue trefoil-shaped clouds.
  • Teatro Pachuco – European clown who mixes silent film and Mexican American culture performs his award-winning show Just Passing Thru’.
  • Sienta La Cabeza, performance hairdressers from Spain, transform lank locks into dramatic hair-dos that are literally works of art.
  • The Big Top featuring the hottest new circus talent and recent graduates from Circus Space.
  • Physical Jerks –Bristolian breakdance crew bring their unique brand of b-boy and freestyle to Fusion.
  • World premiere of the Centenary Fantasia – specially commissioned 10-minute piece of classical music in celebration of the Centenary that draws on guiding’s rich musical history. It is being performed by the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra.

Guiding has had a positive impact on girls' lives for the past 100 years.