Mass Bolero

Thursday 13th February 2014

As Torvill and Dean return to Sarajevo, Nottingham Playhouse celebrates the 30th anniversary of their Olympic win by announcing its ‘Mass Bolero’ project – in a major new partnership with Dance4, Confetti Media Group and Notts TV.

Friday 14th February is exactly 30 years to the day that Torvill & Dean won their Olympic Gold in Sarajevo, with Bolero, and to mark this, Nottingham Playhouse is proud to announce a unique project that will allow the people of Nottingham to pay tribute to two of their finest.

Community groups, schools, sports venues and individuals are being asked to join in with Nottingham Playhouse to recreate their world-famous Bolero ice dance, as part of a world premiere film. No ice skates needed, it’s being choreographed to work as a piece of dance. Mass Bolero will be directed by Nottingham Playhouse Associate Director Fiona Buffini, choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, and filmed and edited by the Confetti Media Group for broadcast on Notts TV.

Fiona Buffini, Associate Director, Nottingham Playhouse said: “The nation holds Torvill and Dean in great respect and admiration, but nowhere more so than here in Nottingham. The Mass Bolero film is a celebration of that admiration, turned into a piece of art. It’s genuinely going to be a mass participation project, with a diverse range of groups, including a flash mob event in Nottingham’s city centre, each recreating just 10 seconds of the routine. These will be edited together to create a film made up of the contributions of – we hope – thousands of people from around the city.”

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have expressed their delight at the Mass Bolero project. Approaches have been made to many leading organisations and groups across the city, and a full list of participants will be announced on Monday 17th March, together with details of the mass participation opportunity.

The Mass Bolero film will launch neat14, (Nottingham European Arts & Theatre Festival) on May 23rd. neat14 (23rd May-1st June) is a festival that celebrates the best European theatre, music, performance and visual art across Nottingham.

The making of Mass Bolero is also being filmed by Notts TV as one of it’s inaugural programmes.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse said: _“We’re thrilled with the enthusiasm for this project from partners across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. People love Bolero and everyone wants to pay tribute to Torvill and Dean. Being able to call upon the support and expertise of Notts TV has turned this great idea into a reality. Nottingham really is pulling out all the stops with this project.”

The Mass Bolero project is a co-commission by Nottingham Playhouse, Foundation for Community Dance and Dance 4.

To find out more about the Mass Bolero project visit