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Watch as daring dancers perform moves on spinning merry-go-round ahead of Hounslow Bell Square show

Carousel this Saturday will kick off this year's programme of free events at Hounslow's Bell Square on Saturday evening

A working merry-go-round with real dancers will launch the latest season of free outdoor arts shows in Hounslow on Saturday (May 7).

Carousel by Southpaw Dance will whip up a tale of fairground life, set to a toe-tapping soundtrack of Balkan and Gypsy music, as performers take to the spinning stage in Bell Square at 8pm.

The show marks the start of the third year of entertainment at the open-air arts space just off Hounslow High Street, which opened in 2014.

Ballet, clowning and a pop-up ballroom are among the treats in store for audiences of all ages during the latest programme of events.

Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, said: "There is literally something for everyone to go and see and be entertained in Bell Square this summer. You can get to see live entertainment for free and on your door step."

Bell Square hosts free performances every fortnight, with market stalls occupying the space on non-event days between Tuesday and Sunday.

The programme of shows is curated by Watermans arts centre in Brentford, and is designed to offer something for those of all ages and backgrounds - often with an element of audience interaction.

Events at Bell Square last year included the chance to help build a cardboard tower and a Holi-inspired show in which the audience was invited to shower one another with dyed powder.

Upcoming shows include:

COMPANY CHAMELEON: OF MAN AND BEAST

Saturday, May 21, 1pm and 3.30pm

Company Chameleon will perform Of Man and Beast in Hounslow's Bell Square on Saturday, May 21

This powerful piece of dance theatre about the friendship between five men explores the many different faces men adopt and themes of trust, vulnerability and strength

TEATR KTO: PEREGRINUS

Saturday, June 4, 2pm (starts at the Treaty Centre)

Teatr KTO will perform Peregrinus in Hounslow as part of the Bell Square programme of free outdoor shows

Inspired by the poet TS Eliot, this Polish theatre company meld dance, physical threatre and masked characters to take you through the day of an individual in contemporary society

TILTED PRODUCTIONS: BELONGING(S)

Saturday, June 18, 3pm and 6pm (starts at the Treaty Centre)

Tilted Productions, who will perform Belonging (s) in Hounslow as part of the Bell Square season of free outdoor shows

Performance pieces will pop up all over Hounslow, encouraging viewers to reflect on modern issues like migration and the notion of belonging

The full programme of events is available to view at the Bell Square website .

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