A new year of rural dance: An eclectic mix of shows to visit village venues this Spring
Rural Touring Dance Initiative kicks off its 2020 with a programme of seven works from leading dance companies comprising new shows and returning favourites
- Luca Silvestrini’s Protein – The Little Prince 25 Jan – 7 Feb
- Mr and Mrs Clark – Louder Is Not Always Clearer 29 Feb – 19 Mar
- Patfield and Triguero – Gibbon 5 – 14 Mar
- Altered Skin – Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer 14 Mar – 1 May
- Sadhana – Under my Skin 20 – 27 MarLost Dog – Juliet & Romeo 22 Apr – 12 Jun
- Dan Watson – VENUS 24 Apr – TBC
Kicking off the start of a new decade and celebrating five years, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) will tour a fresh selection of shows created by dance companies whose work has been enjoyed on both national and international stages and can now be seen in village halls and rural venues across the UK. The shows on offer have been selected by local promoters from ‘menus’ which enable them to choose the work that best suits their venue.
The Spring touring shows are an eclectic mix of dance adaptations of classic novels and real-life stories and will visit an ever-growing audience in rural communities, taking them from East London to India, from holiday camps to operating theatres. The initiative is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.
Based on the internationally adored story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Luca Silvestrini’s Protein’s award-winning mix of dance, humour and text, inviting us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child. Upon landing on planet Earth, the Little Prince is welcomed by a mysterious snake and a truly wise and friendly fox before encountering the lone pilot. Together they discover the power and beauty of friendship and the complexity of love.
As a child Dan Watson lost a British holiday-camp dance competition, largely because he totally misunderstood what competitive dance was, and they didn’t play his song of choice: Venus by Bananarama. Combining contemporary dance, confessional and comedy, VENUS is the dance he would have performed had he known better, had he been braver.
Breakout juggling stars Chris Patfield & José Triguero present Gibbon, a humorous and surreal show combining mesmerising juggling with dance and physical theatre. Together they explore the absurd and comedic in what it is that drives us to try and try again. Lifting the veil on the rehearsal room Gibbon shows how two charming performers work at working as one.
Developed in association with a leading surgeon
Louder Is Not Always Clearer follows Jonny, a teacher, an artist, a campaigner and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father, and he is deaf. He loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up. Louder Is Not Always Clearer focuses on the importance of connection with others and the struggle to do so affectively and a warm, humorous and honest portrayal of a man perceived to be full of confidence, who is inwardly vulnerable and at times isolated.
After winning the 2017 Rural Touring Award for the most innovative and inspirational show for their previous show, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) Ben Duke’s Lost Dog return with Juliet & Romeo which imagines Shakespeare’s infamous lovers as middle-aged and in therapy. Through its playful blend of dance, theatre and comedy, Lost Dog picks apart out cultural obsession with youth and our inability to accept uncomfortable truths.
And returning to the rural touring circuit after Autumn touring dates, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer sees Complicité Associate Shane Shambhu reflect on his personal journey of growing up in east London, learning and performing Indian dance in the UK, and plays with the ways in which race, language, identity and culture have defined him.
Speaking about the forthcoming season RTDI Project Manager Claire Smith said “Rural schemes and audiences are so looking forward to the RTDI spring season. Across the country we are seeing audiences confidence and enthusiasm for our RTDI brand of dance/theatre grow year on year. People who have never thought of going to see dance are returning, showing a loyalty to companies who are returning with their second or third show as well as embracing companies that are new to the scheme. The quality and diversity continues to impress.”
In 2015 The National Rural Touring Forum joined forces with The Place, China Plate and Take Art to launch a brand-new initiative designed to assist in the making and touring of contemporary accessible dance to rural areas. The project was set up to address the paucity of dance performance happening in rural areas in smaller community venues. The project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme. Due to RTDI successes in November 2017 the project was given a further £417k to develop the project until July 2021. Over 160 performances have taken place to date along with numerous workshops and training opportunities for artists.
The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a partnership project led by The National Rural Touring Forum with The Place, China Plate and Take Art. The project is funded by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Fund.
Please note dates may be subject to change, please contact local schemes for confirmed details
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein – The Little Prince
- 25 Jan Cerne Abbas Village Hall | Artsreach Dorset https://artsreach.co.uk/
- 25 Jan Cerne Abbas Village Hall | Artsreach Dorset https://artsreach.co.uk/
- 26 Jan Black Torrington Village Hall | Beaford Arts (Devon) https://beaford.org/
- 31 Jan SpArc Theatre, Bishops Castle | Arts Alive (Shropshire/Herefordshire) https://www.artsalive.co.uk/
- 1 Feb The Guild Hall, Gloucester tbc | Strike A Light https://www.strikealightfestival.org.uk/
- 2 Feb Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall | Take Art (Somerset) https://takeart.org/
- 6 Feb Fallibroome Academy Macclesfield | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts http://www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk/
- 7 Feb Kenilworth Centre | Live and Local http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk/
Mr and Mrs Clark – Louder is Not Always Clearer
- 29 Feb The Seagull Theatre Lowestoft | Creative Arts East http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/
- 6 Mar Gleaston Village Hall | Arts Out West (West Cumbria) https://www.kirkgatearts.org.uk/
- 7 Mar Castle Carrock Village Hall | Highlights (Cumbria) https://highlightsnorth.co.uk/
- 12 Mar Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare | Theatre Orchard, Somerset http://www.theatreorchard.org.uk
- 13 Mar Churchinford village Hall | Take Art (Somerset) https://takeart.org/
- 14 Mar The Centre Newlyn | Carn to Cove (Cornwall) https://www.carntocove.co.uk/
- 18 Mar AMATA, Falmouth | Carn to Cove (Cornwall) https://www.carntocove.co.uk/
- 19 Mar The Beehive Honiton | Villages in Action http://www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Patfield and Triguero – Gibbon
- 5 Mar Ropsley Village Hall, Lincolnshire | Live and Local http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk/
- 6 Mar Norwell Village Hall, Nottinghamshire | Live and Local http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk/
- 14 Mar Sawley Village Hall | Rural Arts (North Yorkshire) https://www.ruralarts.org/
Sadhana – Under My Skin
- 20 Mar St Georges Theatre Gt Yarmouth | Creative Arts East http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/
- 21 Mar Gillingham School | Artsreach Dorset https://artsreach.co.uk/
- 27 Mar The Market Theatre Ledbury | Arts Alive (Shropshire/Herefordshire) https://www.artsalive.co.uk/
Lost Dog – Juliet & Romeo
- 23 Apr Newhampton Arts Centre | Black Country Touring http://bctouring.co.uk/
- 22 Apr Neasham Reading Rooms | Rural Arts (North Yorkshire) https://www.ruralarts.org/
- 25 Apr Meole Brace Memorial Hall | Arts Alive (Shropshire/Herefordshire) https://www.artsalive.co.uk/
- 2 Jun The Pound Arts Centre | Wiltshire www.poundarts.org.uk
- 12 Jun Manor Hall, Berrynarbor tbc | Beaford Arts (Devon) https://beaford.org/
Dan Watson – VENUS
- 24 Apr The Gather Ennerdale | Arts Out West (West Cumbria) http://bit.ly/2AZiDxu
- 25 Apr Askham and Helton Community Hall | Highlights (Cumbria) http://bit.ly/2WidQQu
- 3 Apr Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare | www.theatreorchard.org.uk
- 4 Apr Portreath Millennium Hall | Carn to Cove (Cornwall) https://www.carntocove.co.uk/
- 8 May Newhampton Arts Centre | Black Country Touring http://bctouring.co.uk/
- 9 May tbc Creative Arts East http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/
- Tbc, Portsoy Church Hall, Banuff | NEAT https://neatshows.co.uk/
Altered Skin – Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer