Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes of Solara with Critical Mass Dance Collective

Above: Flying high! A group of CMDC dancers rehearse a section of the show together, all facing outwards

Below (two images): Not many places can house 100 dancers with this much energy, so we’ve been rehearsing in an enormous warehouse in Digbeth, Birmingham over the July weekend sessions

Above: Every day starts with a warm up, and everyone gets involved, even the production team. No excuses!

Above (four images): Dancers across the rehearsal room practice different sections for the show

Above: Video clips of the whole team rehearsing Solara in The Crane, Birmingham

Below (five images): A collection of images from the rehearsal room, including Zoie directing the CMDC dancers, more dancing plus costume – it’s a big job creating costumes for 100 dancers – so we say a massive thank you to the tireless efforts of our amazing costume team 🙏

Below (two images): All hands in… Zoie works with a group of CMDC dancers on a section of the show

Below: A group of CMDC dancers rehearse a section of movement on a cat walk with their dance leader

Above: Smiles all round! A CMDC dancer and dance leader work on their duet together

Above: A group of CMDC dancers connect and link to each other with their arms and hands. No spoilers, but connection might be an important aspect of Solara…


On Sunday 30 July 2023 at 5pm in Centenary Square, Birmingham, we invite you to join us in Solara’s universe. Feel the transformative power of connection, community and dancing together.  Critical Mass Dance Collective will be performing as part of the Fabric Takeover at Birmingham Festival 2023

Find out more about Birmingham Festival 23 at

Solara by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre is co-created with Critical Mass Dance Collective, presented as part of Birmingham Festival 23. Commissioned by FABRIC, supported by Dance Leaders Group, and funded by United by 22.

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