An Oxford dance group dropped in on shoppers at the Westgate Centre at the weekend to perform a synchronised routine while suspended from the side of the building.
Gravity & Levity, one of the UK’s leading aerial dance companies, upended the dance floor to view the city from a whole new perspective.
The wall crawlers performed an acrobatic vertical dance routine up, down and across the front of the Westgate Oxford façade while dangling from ropes on Saturday and Sunday.
Stunned shoppers watched in wonder as the award-winning aerial dance company performed the death-defying stunt.
Each performance lasted between 12 and 15 minutes while spectators were kept at a safe distance.
Choreographer and founder of Gravity & Levity Lindsey Butcher said: “We met the most lovely people whilst rehearsing and performing on the striking Westgate facade; had some wonderful conversations with people of all ages, got asked lots of questions and felt truly appreciated.
“We’d like to thank everyone who came along to watch, supported us and especially to those who stayed around afterwards to say hi.
“What a treat that was, exciting, exhilarating and quite an abdominal work out to boot!
“Thank you Oxford for being so warm and welcoming.”
The extraordinary show was part of Oxford’s annual spring dance festival.
More than 14 dance companies took part in the 2018 Dancin’ Oxford festival, which began on March 2 and culminated with Sunday’s high-wire act.
Oxford venues such as the New Theatre, Old Fire Station and Oxford Playhouse hosted various performances, as well as Pegasus, The North Wall Arts Centre and Merton College.
Outside the city, performances took place at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury and the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.
Now its 12th year, Oxford City Council and Arts Council England fund the festival whose programme was packed with professional companies, taster sessions and daring performances.
Claire Thompson, Oxford City Council dance officer, said: “Each festival has its strengths and this spring one is no different. I am delighted that we have now engaged with venues all over the county with a wide variety of performances.”
The Dancin’ Oxford festival has grown from one small spring event to three, including a summer outdoor festival and a family dance week in October.