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London 2012: The Voyage ship in Birmingham square

A 50ft replica of half a ship has been installed in Birmingham city centre as part of a London 2012 Festival show.

The Voyage, due to be premiered in Victoria Square on 21 June, will feature about 140 dancers and acrobats alongside the ship.

The free show opens the festival in the West Midlands and is one of 70 arts events during the Olympics.

It runs until 24 June and explores themes such as departures, arrivals, hopes and fears.

'Live animated film'

Motionhouse and the Australian theatre company, Legs on the Wall, have been working for at least 18 months on the project, which is also being produced by the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Previously the ship had been built at the NEC to allow performers to rehearse the show.

Alongside performers from Motionhouse and Legs on the Wall, there will be 140 people from various local dancing groups, musicians from the Birmingham Conservatoire and a gospel choir.

Stuart Griffiths, producer of The Voyage and chief executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome, said: "I hope it's going to be amazing, and at 22:00 BST, when the show takes place, you have to see this as film set.

"A film will be projected on the town hall, on the ship, which will make the whole performance into like a live animated film."

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and choirs will also perform as part of the build-up to the Games.

It will include the UK premiere of a new choral work called Weltethos, by Sutton Coldfield-born composer Jonathan Harvey.

The performance at Birmingham's Symphony Hall will involve the orchestra, CBSO Chorus, Youth Chorus and Children's Chorus.

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