Dancers take centre stage at Bede’s World

Dated: 04/02/2015'Dancers from the North East's first professional dance company FERTILE GROUND who are collaborating with Bowes Museum and students from Cleveland College of Art and Design on a new piece inspired by the Birds of Paradise exhibition. FERTILE GROUND's region wide tour starts on 12th February until 22nd March including Friday 13th March at the Witham at Barnard Castle.'See Press Release ...' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Dated: 04/02/2015'Dancers from the North East's first professional dance company FERTILE GROUND who are collaborating with Bowes Museum and students from Cleveland College of Art and Design on a new piece inspired by the Birds of Paradise exhibition. FERTILE GROUND's region wide tour starts on 12th February until 22nd March including Friday 13th March at the Witham at Barnard Castle.'See Press Release ...' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

A NEW generation of dancers will be stepping into the spotlight in South Tyneside over the next month.

Fertile Ground, the North East’s first professional graduate dance company, will be taking centre stage at Bede’s World, Jarrow, during a regional tour that finishes at The Customs House, in South Shields.

The fleet-footed performers will be working with sixth form students from Epinay School, who are based at the culture spot, before putting on a show at Bede’s World on February 27.

The dynamic dance display will be the centrepiece of the museum’s launch night for its programme of events for the year ahead.

Mike Benson, Bede’s World director, said: “We at the museum, like St Bede himself was, are very interested in seeing the best in creativity and art.

“The dance group will be in residence at the museum during the week, working with the Epinay students, who will be joining them for the dance performance.

“We are proud to be the only museum that has a school based in it, rather than just visiting it.

The launch night is an invitation-only gathering for supporters of the museum.

The group will be then be in action at The Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, at 7.30pm on on Sunday, March 22.

Fertile Ground have won funding for their work from Arts Council England.

Dora Frankel, artistic director of Fertile Ground, said: “We offer dance opportunities to some of the region’s most talented young dancers to work, train and perform intensively with outstanding guest teachers and choreographers.

“By developing our dancers and choreographers we hope to see a real increase in the number of artists staying in the region over the next five years, forming new artistic constellations, inspiring children and young people and increasing appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance in the North East.”

Tickets for the Customs House show are available for £12, with concessions at £10.

To book a seat, people can call the venue on 454 1234.

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