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05/10/2021

Preview: Fertile Ground presents Myths & Dreams on North East Tour

 

A captivating triple bill combining dance, film & digital sculpture

 

Fertile Ground presents

Myths & Dreams

North East Tour 14 - 29 October 2021:

Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne - Thursday 14 October, 7.30pm

Visual & Performing Arts Academy, Sunderland College - Thursday 21 October, 7pm

The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed - Friday 29 October, 7pm

Myths and Dreams tour - dancer Lila Naruse
Photo: Filipe Alcada

This October, the North East of England’s touring repertory dance company, Fertile Ground, presents the world premiere of Myths & Dreams at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne (14 October), Visual & Performing Arts Academy, Sunderland College (21 October) and The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed (29 October).

Combining dance, film and digital sculpture, this captivating programme features works by four of the most exciting and innovative choreographers working today, performed by a cast of emerging dancers from across the North East.

Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser, Artistic Co-Directors at Fertile Ground said: “We are incredibly excited for Fertile Ground to be returning to live performance with Myths & Dreams. We hope that this imaginative programme will resonate with our audiences and we can’t wait to welcome them back to theatres across the North East this autumn.”

Opening the bill is Labyrinth by Artistic Co-Director Renaud Wiser. This interdisciplinary work is inspired by the myth of the Minotaur and sees the dancers immersed in and respond to a virtual environment created by sculptor Marie Lelouche.

SOMNIUM - part of Myths and Dreams programme
Dancers Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse 
Photo: 
Filipe Alcada,

Next in the programme is Plubel by rising European choreographers Fabritia D'Intino and Cl√©mentine Vanlerberghe. A finalist in Boris Charmatz’s Danse √Člargie competition and performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2019, Plubel is a hypnotic journey of imitation that questions how the female figure is represented in dance.

Completing the programme is a stage adaptation of a new dance film Somnium by Artistic Co-Director Malgorzata Dzierzon. Created during the pandemic, Somnium looks to capture and express our dreams, memories, anxieties and desires at this time of change. The film is a collaboration with filmmaker Filipe Alcada and composer Oliver Coates and a Dance City 2021/22 commission.

Alongside Myths & Dreams at Dance City and at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Sunderland College, audiences will be able to experience the virtual reality maze featured in Labyrinth created by Marie Lelouche and navigate the virtual landscape of Labyrinth’s hauntingly beautiful digital sculptures before watching the dancers interact with them live on stage. Places are limited and free to ticket holders.

SOMNIUM - part of Myths and Dreams programme
Dancer Lila Naruse
Photo: Filipe Alcada

Founded in 2013, Fertile Ground is dedicated to talent development and retention in the North East and North of England. It aims to nurture, challenge and inspire a new generation of dance artists and to develop and present world class dance across the North. The Company’s vision is to make the North East of England the place to dance.

Fertile Ground’s 2021/22 programme has been made possible with pubic funding from Arts Council England, Dance City, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, The Leche Trust,  Didymus, Three Monkies Trust, Scops Arts Trust, Barbour Foundation and the Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust and developed with support from Dance City, Sunderland College and Newcastle College. Somnium is a Dance City 2021/22 Commission.


On the web:

www.fertileground.org.uk/2021-22programme 

Tickets:

For more details about tour dates and ticket prices visit  https://www.fertileground.org.uk/

 

To book a place on the Labyrinth Virtual Reality Experience before the performance between 6-7.20pm or in the interval at Dance City email ad@fer'leground.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 13 October. To book a place on the Labyrinth Virtual Reality Experience before the performance between 5.30-6.50pm or in the interval at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Sunderland College email ad@fer'leground.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 20 October.

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