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Hundreds Rush to see outdoor dance spectacular

WHAT A RUSH ... Dancers perform Rush as part of the Cultural Spring programme.
WHAT A RUSH ... Dancers perform Rush as part of the Cultural Spring programme.

HUNDREDS of people rushed to South Shields at the weekend to take in a dance spectacular.

More than 550 people attended Rush, which featured more than 100 performers, a water cannon, prams and coloured dust, on Easter Sunday.

It took place against the backdrop of St Hilda’s Engine Shed, in South Shields.

Rush was the latest commission from The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded initiative aiming to encourage and increase participation in the arts in 10 wards on South Tyneside and Wearside.

Rush was produced and delivered by Durham-based Event International and Southpaw Dance Company on behalf of the Cultural Spring.

The live performance was the culmination of months of community-based workshops, with performers coming from Sunderland College, East Durham College in Peterlee, Boldon Community Association and dance groups and other organisations from across Wearside and South Tyneside.

Rush is exactly what the Cultural Spring is about – working with people in our local communities to produce the very best in arts and culture.

Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring

Anne Simpson, from South Shields, whose daughter was performing, said: “I just loved it – the energy, the music, the colour, the whole thing was great and right here on our doorstep. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it’s so important that we have performances like this in Shields. I can’t believe it was free – I’d have paid to see it.”

Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring, said: “We thought it was going to be a special show and that’s what it proved to be. Rush is exactly what the Cultural Spring is about – working with people in our local communities to produce the very best in arts and culture.”

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