One-off performance at London station irrevocably linked to famous suffragette, Emily Davison, marks 100 years of suffrage
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100 years of women’s suffrage was marked at London’s Victoria Station with a unique and moving dance performance, bringing to life the struggle and ultimate achievement of the suffragettes like never before.
Performed in the bustling station from where the renowned suffragette, Emily Davison, took the now infamous journey to Epsom racecourse in June 1913, the dancers told the story of the suffragettes and the progress that has been made over the last century.
Combination Dance Company in partnership with The National Archives and Victoria Business Improvement District presented the premiere performance of 100nehundred at Victoria Station on the 6th February 2018, exactly 100 years to the day since the passing of the Representation of the People Act saw some women receive the vote for the first time. In addition, a new short film was also unveiled, ‘Deeds Not Words’ – named after the motto of the suffragettes. The new 3-minute film ‘Deeds Not Words’, looks at the long struggle the suffragettes had to achieve equal voting rights and in particular the journey made by Emily Davison who left from Victoria Station on the day she was fatally injured at Epsom Downs racecourse at the Derby.
Performers included the professional company dancers, vocational students from Rambert School and some local community performers from West London.
The 100nehundred Dance Project will continue in the summer with over 1000 local London school children who will take part in workshops culminating in a schools’ celebration at The National Archives building in Kew on July 4 2018.