Laika the Spacedog features in BBC Stargazing Live

8th January 2013


Laika the Spacedog animation – please note this video has no sound

A sneak preview of ETO’s new space opera Laika the Spacedog forms part of the BBC Stargazing Live events at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Thursday 10th January.

The preview of Laika the Spacedog features four singers in full costume performing short extracts from the opera. The singers are joined by a professional puppeteer, and the performance also includes full sets, projections, and a new short animation created by children at Childs Hill School in Barnet (click above to watch the animation).

ETO’s performance is just one of the many events being held at Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum from 6pm-9.30pm on Thursday 10 January to mark the return of BBC TWO’s hugely popular programme, Stargazing Live. The stellar event is designed to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky.

The event involves a number of spectacular free family activities. These include planetarium shows in the Royal Observatory’s state-of-the-art Peter Harrison Planetarium; live stargazing, telescope surgeries and astrophotography workshops from the Flamsteed Astronomy Society ; and Mission X activities from the NASA and UK Space Agency programme

Stargazing Live at Greenwich is now fully booked, but is being held in conjunction with BBC Two’s new series Stargazing Live, which returns to BBC TWO on January 8th, 9th and 10th 2013, hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain, with over three days of live stargazing featuring epic images from observatories around the globe.

Professor Cox said: ‘During the last series amateur stargazers were hunting for planets and this year we will be hunting for asteroids and strange ‘spider’ like features on Mars. Everyone can get involved and you never know what we will find – there are so many possibilities out there.’

Laika the Spacedog is supported by the PRS Foundation, and has won the PRS David Bedford Music Education Award. Generous support has also come from the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and the John Lyon’s Charity.

Laika opens at the Science Museum in London in late January, and subsequently accompanies ETO’s spring tour at London’s Hackney Empire in March and across the country until 30th May.

ETO plans to perform Laika in schools and theatres near to its touring venues: schools interested in the opera visiting them should contact Talia Lash on talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

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