Meet The Artist: James Bowling

Leading up to our special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing – One Small Step – we’re going behind the scenes with the incredible Dance Artists who’ll be making the performance come to life!

James, we’re so excited to have you working on the project! How long have you been dancing?

I have been dancing for 6 years and have been working as a freelance Dance Artist for the past 3 years. I’m currently studying for my Master’s degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

Tell us about some of your career highlights…

Touring the country with Memory Lane Productions has to be up there, and performing at Chester Zoo with Cheshire Dance was absolutely brilliant! I’ve also performed in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies which was incredible, and had a great experiences as part of Jasmin Vardimon (who started her company in 1998 and is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells)’s intensive training programme.

Which ELEMENt of the moon landing will your group be recreating?

To give you a bit of a sneak peek… my group of young people will be telling the story around the announcement of the event itself. Our performance will focus on the media buzz of 1969, when the space race was heating up between America and Russia, and science buffs young and old across the globe were fascinated by all things planetary!

If you went to the moon, what song would you play for us back on earth?

It would probably have to be Learn to Fly by the Foo Fighters

What interests you about our space-themed project?

I really wanted to get involved as I love working with kids that might never have had the chance to be part of a dance lesson before. Being able to share something I am so passionate about, and the idea that it might inspire future dancers is ace! Another reason is that I love space (who doesn’t?) and I’ve always been fascinated by how they calculate the navigation of a rocket, and the recent prospects of colonising another planet.

Discover the story of the 1969 Moon Landing with us at World Museum on Saturday 20 July.