The North East of England’s premiere touring dance company Fertile Ground is preparing to hit the road with a new cohort of dancers for its exciting 2019 Fertile Ground: Twilight Dances tour.
This year audiences in Sunderland, Jarrow, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Oxford will have the chance to watch four young female professional dancers from the North East take to the stage as they perform new work created by Fertile Ground’s artistic directors and former Rambert dancers Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon.
Schubert’s beautiful String Quartet No.14 composed in 1824, also known as Death and the Maiden, has been used as inspiration by Dzierzon and Wiser to create a 45 minute piece of contemporary dance that audiences can enjoy with live musical accompaniment. As Renaud explains:
“Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 is known for its dramatic and lyrical nature and provided us with the perfect starting point to create a dance that looks at our eternal quest for youth and immortality. We are combining movement and live music as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. Audiences can expect to be transported by the beauty of the music and by the performance of the dancers and musicians.”
Every year Fertile Ground recruits a new company of talented professional dancers from or trained in the North East of England and gives them the opportunity to develop as artists. The company this year includes 23 year old Kiran Kumar, originally from Leeds, and 25 year old Ashling McCann, originally from Bristol, who both relocated to Newcastle upon Tyne to train as professional dancers. They perform alongside 23 year old Megan Otty from Sunderland and 25 year old Olivia Paddison from Darlington.
As Kiran Kumar said:
“Fertile Ground is unique in that it offers dancers, like me, who are in the early stages of their career an opportunity to perform high quality work created by nationally and internationally recognised choreographers as part of a professional company. It has been an amazing experience to be part of the Fertile Ground team and I am really looking forward to performing at venues across the North East and further afield.”
2019 marks Fertile Ground’s first season under the artistic directorship of choreographers Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon. Together Wiser and Dzierzon’s ambition is to produce work of the highest quality that is inspiring and unexpected. As Malgorzata explains:
“We are thrilled to be sharing our first season as artistic directors of Fertile Ground. Our ambition for the company is to tour and present contemporary dance that breaks new ground, that can be
experienced by audiences in a range of formats and locations and that will encourage them to reevaluate their perceptions of contemporary dance.
“We are building on the work started by the founding director Dora Frankel and continue to nurture, challenge and inspire a new generation of dance artists from the North whilst creating and
presenting inspirational and accessible dance.”
Audiences at The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne will also get the chance to see a new film commission by celebrated movement and theatre artist Wendy
Wendy has worked with amongst others DV8 Physical Theatre and also made two films, Touched and Diary of a Dancer for BBC with David Hinton. For this new film commission, created with Fertile Ground dancers, Wendy is using accessible technology and mobile recording devices to create a piece made and presented from multiple perspectives: from outside eye to close up, from
intimate and personal to displayed and broadcasted.
Fertile Ground: Twilight Dances will be performed in Spring 2019 at Sunderland College’s Arts Academy, Jarrow Hall, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Gosforth Civic Theatre before heading to Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Oxford in Autumn 2019.
Fertile Ground’s 2019 tour has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, Sir James Knott Trust, Newcastle Culture Investment Fund and the
Polish Cultural Institute and is supported by Sunderland College, Newcastle College and Dance City.
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