The public is invited to put on a red dress and head over to Candler Park on July 16 at 10 a.m. to help recreate the dance performed by cult British musician Kate Bush in her video for “Wuthering Heights.”
The idea for the performance art came from Intown resident Kim Manning, a former DJ at Georgia State University’s Album 88, who is a fan of Bush’s music. Manning spotted a number of videos on YouTube showing similar recreations of Bush’s music video in the UK (watch the clip below), Australia and other parts of the world.
“Atlanta is kind of a nerdy town and people like to dress up and be goofy,” Manning said. “After seeing the videos online, I thought we should try and do it here.”
A Facebook page set up for “The most Wuthering Heights day ever” indicates that 137 plan to attend, which would be quite a sight. Manning said there have been a few meetings for people who want to come out and learn the choreography, but there will also be some instruction the morning of the event. The recreation will be on the field between the basketball court and the Candler Park pool.
Kate Bush shot to stardom as a teenager in 1978 upon the release of “Wuthering Heights” (inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel) and went on to release avant grade albums through the 80s, 90s and 00s. Her most well-known album, “Hounds of Love,” spawned her only hit single in the US, “Running Up That Hill.” Her song “This Woman’s Work” was featured in John Hughes’ “She’s Having A Baby” and later became a hit for Maxwell. After only a handful of live performances over the past 35 years, Bush put on a 22-night residency in London in late 2014 that sold out in seconds and received rapturous reviews.
“Kate Bush is a free spirit – there’s nobody like her,” Manning said.