Music and contemporary dance performance relives The Dogger Bank Incident

A new music and contemporary dance composition written by electronic artist Vanishing will be performed at [email protected] this weekend.

Made possible with funding and support from Hull City Council’s Art Development, the striking music and dance piece will take place from 7pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, marking the 113th anniversary of the incident. It follows the story of The Dogger Bank Incident of 1904 when three fishermen were killed at sea by the Russian Navy.

On October 21st 1904, three fishermen of the Gamecock trawling fleet were killed at sea by the Russian Navy, who fired upon the trawlers after mistaking them for Japanese ships. The incident led to significant diplomatic conflict between Russia and the UK and left a community angered and in mourning. A memorial statue to the men, in the likeness of skipper George Henry Smith stands on Hessle Road.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said: “This powerful performance has very close connections to Hull as the the Russian Baltic Fleet mistook a British trawler fleet from Hull in the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea for an Imperial Japanese Navy force and fired on them.

“The Council’s Arts Development team, plays a crucial role in the support of local artists and arts organisations. The Grants to Arts fund can support smaller arts projects as well as be used as match to source more substantial funds.”

55°N, 5°E is supported by Arts Council England, Hull City Council and The Sir James Reckitt Charity.
Vanishing is the electronic and spoken word project of Hull native Gareth Smith, the great grandson of skipper George Henry Smith, killed in 1904.

The event is free, but ticketed. Book tickets here