Time to see Fertile Ground’s Twilight Dances

A showcase for Fertile Ground’s class of 2019 is about to hit stages all over the North East. Sam Wonfor has the details.

Fertile Ground dancers with Voxpopuli musicians Photo credit: Kevin Wong

Fertile Ground dancers with Voxpopuli musicians. Photo credit: Kevin Wong

An exciting new tour from North East Dance Company, Fertile Ground kicks off tonight, with performances in Newcastle and Gateshead in the offing.

Twilight Dances will premiere at Sunderland College tonight (May 20) and offers the company’s new class of dancers the chance to shine via new work, created by Fertile Ground’s artistic directors and former Rambert dancers Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon.

Audiences will get the chance to watch a quartet of female dancers bringing a 45-minute piece, inspired by Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 composed in 1824 (aka Death and the Maiden), to the stage together with a live accompaniment.

As Renaud explains: “Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 is known for its dramatic and lyrical nature and provided us with the perfect starting point to create a dance that looks at our eternal quest for youth and immortality.

“We are combining movement and live music as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. Audiences can expect to be transported by the beauty of the music and by the performance of the dancers and musicians.”

Every year Fertile Ground recruits a new company of talented professional dancers from or trained in the North East and gives them the opportunity to develop as artists.

Dancer Kiran Kumar. Photo credit: Kevin Wong

Dancer Kiran Kumar. Photo credit: Kevin Wong

The company this year includes 23 year old Kiran Kumar, originally from Leeds, and 25 year old Ashling McCann, originally from Bristol, who both relocated to Newcastle to train as professional dancers. They perform alongside 23 year old Megan Otty from Sunderland and 25 year old Olivia Paddison from Darlington.

Kiran says: “Fertile Ground is unique in that it offers dancers, like me, who are in the early stages of their career an opportunity to perform high quality work created by nationally and internationally recognised choreographers as part of a professional company.

“It has been an amazing experience to be part of the Fertile Ground team and I am really looking forward to performing at venues across the North East and further afield.”

After tonight’s opening night, the tour will visit Jarrow Hall on May 27; The Maltings, Berwick on June 7; Gosforth Civic Theatre on June 9; and Dance City, Newcastle on October 17. Audiences at The Maltings and Dance City will also get the chance to see a new film commission by celebrated movement and theatre artist Wendy Houstoun. Bonus!

Meanwhile dates in London and Oxford are expected to be announced soon.

For more information, visit www.fertileground.org.uk

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