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Preview: Fertile Ground Presents Fully Grounded - On Tour

Exploring borders and barriers real and imagined between people and cultures

Fertile Ground Presents
Fully Grounded
On Tour

Choreographed by Robby Graham & ReGina Wielingen


Fully Grounded is an exciting new double bill of world premieres from choreographers ReGina Wielingen and Robby Graham, commissioned by the North East’s leading professional early career dance company, Fertile Ground. Premiering at Sunderland College’s Arts Academy, Bede Campus, Wednesday 25th April, the new works will subsequently be shown at theatre venues and arts and heritage sites across the North East up to Saturday July 21st and will include a gala at Dance City, Newcastle the North East’s development organisation for dance. The new works tackle the theme of borders and barriers, real and imagined between people and cultures. The choreographers, who have been selected for their reputations, diverse experience and talent have been encouraged to approach the theme with candour, honesty and provocation.

Fully Grounded will be performed by Fertile Ground’s all female company of new dancers: Katherine Whale, Giulia Coti Zelati, Alyssa Lisle and Lerato Mncube, all of whom are based in the North East. The production is supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle City Council.

Fertile Ground was established in 2013 to give opportunities to emerging dance artists and to offer audiences and participants outstanding dance experiences. Often performing in unconventional spaces, the company commissions work by internationally recognised choreographers, touring the North East region and delivering high quality workshops in schools and communities. Fully Grounded represents the most ambitious and exciting season to date for Fertile Ground, building on the success of the Arts Council funded pilot project & Dancing the Road (2016).

This season also sees the announcement of two new directors for the company. Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser take over from Fertile Ground’s Founding Artistic Director Dora Frankel as joint Artistic Directors of the company from March 26th.

Commenting on her appointment, Malgorzata said; “I am thrilled to be part of the future of Fertile Ground. I have long been an admirer of Dora and the work she has done. I look forward to widening the international and national links and being part of the North East Dance ecology.”

Renaud Wiser said: “Fertile Ground represents something we are both passionate about - supporting young and emerging dance artists and making work that excites audiences. We look forward to creating performances in unusual spaces and continuing the great work that has already been started.”

Alyssa Lisle - Dancer
Born in in Newcastle, Alyssa gained a 1st class BA (Hons) in Professional Dance Practise at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne. Alyssa joins Fully Grounded having taught dance for among others, Dance City and has performed with North East based Kristin Kelly Dance Theatre and Elliott Smith Dance.   

Lerato MnCube - Dancer  
Lerato trained at Dance City, gaining a BA (Hons) there. Lerato’s credits include performances with Southpaw Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Kerry Nichols Dance, Ballet Lorent, Diversity and the BBC.

Giulia Coti Zelati - Dancer
Giulia gained a BA (Hons) and Masters at London Contemporary Dance School. Her credits include: Ballet Lorent, Polaris (Crystal Pite) and I am 8 commissioned by Sadlers Wells.

Katherine Whale - Dancer
Katherine Whale trained at Newcastle College, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban where she gained an MA in Dance Performance. Credits include Resolutions 2017, Kerry Nichols Dance, Transitions and the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

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Twitter: @fertilegroundNE

UK Tour dates 2018

Available on and from the venues

25.04.18    7pm
Sunderland College, Arts Academy SR3 4AH

15.06.18    12.30 – 2.30pm
Trinity Square Gateshead NE8 1AG

17.06.18    5pm
Gosforth Civic Theatre NE3 3HD

22.06.18    7pm
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema Henry Travers Studio T15 1AH
23.06.18    7.30pm
Dance City, Newcastle NE1 4BR

30.06.18    2.30pm
Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts
National Glass Centre Sunderland SR6 0GL
0191 568 9700

11.07.18     4.30pm 
Tall Ships Sunderland Town Moor Stage

14.07.18    7pm
The Thought Foundation Gallery
Birtley, DH3 2TB

Jarrow Hall Anglo Saxon Farm NE32 3DY

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