A Delightful Season of Dance
Wed 13 Sep 2017
Setting their sights on village halls and other small rural venues across the UK, often unreached by touring theatre and especially dance, this Autumn three outstanding companies are performing in rural Dorset, and being hosted our fantastic volunteer promoters.
Two of the tours this season are also supported by the National Rural Touring Forum’s (NRTF) three-year dance focused scheme, which served up its first ‘menu’ of work to regional touring schemes in 2016.
Drawing on Terry Pratchett’s novel “The Last Hero”, James Wilton Dance’s Last Man Standing is a dance work driven by energy and athleticism, deriving its choreography from martial arts, break dancing and capoeira. With a soundtrack of heavy rock, ambient music and textured soundscapes, Last Man Standing is poised to leave Dorset and Wiltshire audiences breathless.
Uchenna’s The Head Wrap Diaries is an immersive-interactive dance theatre production that uses comedy to explore, women, beauty, hair and culture. Using choreographer Vicki Igbokwe’s signatory blend of club styles House, Waacking and Vogue fused with African and Contemporary dance, The Head Wrap Diaries will criss-cross the country from Cumbria to the South East.
The NRTF project, which saw us welcome companies including Panta Rei Danseteater, Sonia Sabri Company and Lost Dog Dance last year, is rapidly helping grow an appetiate for dance. Take a look at this short film, produced across the project to date (you might even spot our brilliant promoter from Drimpton!):