May 2016


CoEXist – An exciting evening of new work curated and created by John Darvell’s nocturn.

The company invites you to an intimate sharing, the first live performance of an extract from our new work ‘… And They Have Escaped’. This will be an extraordinary opportunity to see the work up close in the first week of creation, before the professional artists and media partners transcribe the live work into a digital experience.

CoEXist will also feature work from ILLUME, a group of recreational adult dancers, who have worked intensively over five days in collaboration with nocturn to create a dance piece of their own in response to the ideas and themes of the professional work.

A key element of nocturn’s work is our passion for delivering high quality dance to young people across the Thames Valley. Two of these groups will be performing as part of this event, a curtain raiser from Norden Farm Youth Dance presented on one evening and from New Greenham Arts Youth Dance Company on the other.

Performances:  Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May – 7.45pm

Venue: The Gallery, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA

Tickets: £12.50, Conc £11, Schools £9

Book in person at box office, online here, or call 01344 484 123.

www.nocturndance.co.uk
@nocturndance

www.southhillpark.org.uk

Saturday afternoon at the New Theatre (5.00pm performance) was an extremely happy occasion, with an auditorium full of little girls (and one or two boys) mostly accompanied by their mothers. ENB’s cut-down version of The Sleeping Beauty is pitched somewhere between a pantomime and a ballet, the story narrated by an actress playing the adult Aurora as she watches the rest of the cast dance, mime and act out the fairy tale. An advantage of this approach is that it restores to prominence the nineteenth-century mime scenes.

The cast consisted of very young dancers from the English National Ballet School, and it is frustrating that although the programme gave their names with photographs, there was no cast list included. One of the great pleasures of the afternoon was to see so much energy and emerging talent, but I am unable to name individual dancers with any certainty. (more…)

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