Fusion of dance this weekend

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre welcomes audiences to Northumbriana this Saturday for an exciting fusion of traditional and contemporary dance, performed by two dancers to live music composed and performed by internationally renowned folk musician Alistair Anderson.

The performance is inspired by the ‘lost’ dances of Northumberland, including 17th Century social dance with a contemporary flavour and uses digital film to create stunning landscapes, projected onto beautiful costumes and enhanced by live and recorded soundscapes.

The work was created in 2012 by Alnwick based dancer, Emma Dunn and has been reworked so that smaller village halls and community venues can enjoy a vision of Northumberland through a beautiful and accessible dance performance.

The show represents the results of dedicated research into Northumberland’s lost dances and brings together an experienced team of creative collaborators from the north east including Ruairi Hardman (film) Alistair Anderson (music composition) Paul Shriek (costume) and Katrina Porteous (poetry). Together with dancers Rachel Birch, Anthony Lo-Giudice and Catherine Muckle, they have created a performance language that celebrates the past and looks forward to the future.

Northumbriana brings the artistic director, Emma Dunn and musician Alistair Anderson back to their home territory. Emma lives in Howick Village and Alistair spent his childhood nearby in Embleton village

The evening concludes with a post show, audience ceildh for everyone to join in.

Stu Bennett, marketing manager of Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, said “We are delighted to be welcoming the incredibly talented Dansformation to the centre with their stunning dance show Northumbriana.

“Sitting within the edge of Northumberland, we are thrilled to host the performance and give our local community the opportunity to see the piece on their doorstep.”

Northumbriana will be at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on Saturday, May 3, at 7pm.

Tickets priced at £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for children are available by calling (0191) 237 5460.