Body Festival's rolling start

17:00, Sep 21 2012
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ACTION: Bethan Price, left, reacts as her friend Sydine Chinnery, heads for a rapid seat on the Pier during the roller disco. Pride was the only casualty.

Christchurch's Body Festival has wheeled into action.

The city's annual festival of dance and physical theatre last night launched with skating lessons, a roller-derby demonstration and roller disco at the New Brighton pier.

About 86 events will be staged over three weeks. More than 27,000 people took part last year.

Festival co-ordinator Amy Bowie said the festival launch attracted a "stunning turnout" in "lovely weather."

" We couldn't have hoped for a better night," she said.

Festival director Adam Hayward came up with the roller-derby concept.

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"He was thinking ‘We need a really long, flat space'.

"He thought, ‘Why don't we stick it on the pier?' " Bowie said.

The disco theme will continue next month with two silent discos, where music is broadcast wirelessly to headphones, being held at Gap Filler's Dance-O-Mat on the former Oxford Terrace Strip site.

"It's kind of an ode to the lost night life of Christchurch. That was Adam's idea for one of the themes of the festival," Bowie said.

For events information, visit www.thebody.co.nz

The Press