September 9, 2010
BODY FESTIVAL of DANCE and PHYSICAL THEATRE
CANCELLED DUE TO EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
The Body Festival board and director last night made the decision to cancel this year’s Body Festival, which was to have opened on 24 September, due primarily to concerns over the safety of public and artists following the earthquake in Christchurch on Saturday.
“This difficult decision was not made lightly and has left the trust and staff distraught as the call affects everyone involved in making this year’s festival the biggest and best to date, but the simple fact that we have venues that have tragically been lost and others that are still not cleared for public occupancy has meant we just cannot run any risk to those involved in this year’s event,” Body Festival director Adam Hayward said.
The cancellation covers the entire workshop and performance programme. Body Festival staff, board and performers are now looking ahead to a bigger and better event in 2011.