Beaford Arts Dance South West - Upclose

Dance South West

Dance has never been more popular in Britain - and Beaford Arts is proud to be playing a key part in a new high quality dance piece being made specifically for rural venues.

Beaford Arts Dance South West

Four Dancers, three choreographers, two intervals and one great evening. Up close comprised three 20 minute dance pieces from three of the UK’s top choreographers. With the audience on all four sides of the performance this was a unique opportunity to see dancers of international quality in close and exciting proximity.

Not only that, but one of the three pieces was also made at the Beaford Arts Centre. Choreographer Tom Sapsford – winner of a Time Out award for outstanding achievement in dance – and the dancers were in residence at Beaford in the last week of September. Drawing inspiration from James Ravilious’ Beaford Archive, Tom and the company brought best of contemporary dance to bear in new and exciting work reflecting the full force of the elements.

The other dance pieces were made by Fleur Darkin – choreographer in residence at the Glastonbury Festival, working with acts from the Scissor Sisters to Sister Sledge – and Mark Bruce, whose last work “Sea of Bones” used a soundtrack ranging from Nick Cave and PJ Harvey to Scarlatti.

Click here for Tom's rehearsal gallery