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 Dance hits the Country Road

Dance hits the Country Road

Thursday 29 September 2016 1:41pm

First shows to tour villages around the UK as part of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative

A new initiative was launched last year to encourage more contemporary dance companies to visit village halls and community venues around the country.

These dance shows will be promoted in partnership with Beaford Arts.

This Autumn the first shows to be selected for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative are set to tour including Panta Rei visiting Chulmleigh on 4 October, and Lila Dance visiting Bradworthy on 18 November 2016.

Panta Rei’s I Wish Her Well, an intricate performance, combining storytelling, high tempo energy and an evocative sound score by British composer Nathaniel Reed. Act one is based on the stories of four women who are closely related to the dancers, whilst act two is based on the diaries of a 16 year old girl. She is now an 82 year old woman who generously shared her thoughts and experiences with the choreographers and dancers.

Lila Dance’s The Deluge, which sees four people arrive in the safehouse. With only the clothes on their backs, they find themselves asking what had been lost, and what was there left to lose? In this intimate and immersive dance experience four lives are given an emotional counterpoint by a supporting community cast, an evocative soundtrack, fearless physicality, and new writing.]

The selected companies represent a variety of styles, and each show has either been designed for performance in village halls, or specially adapted from existing repertoire by the company.

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a three year scheme for making and touring dance performances to and for rural areas. Made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery-funded Strategic Touring Programme, the initiative is led by National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), which joined with dance institution The Place, arts charity Take Art and independent producing studio China Plate to deliver the scheme.

Panta Rei’s I Wish Her Well, Tuesday 4 October, 2.15pm, Heywood Hall, Chulmleigh Community College. Tickets £5. 01769 580215 or online sales from

Lila Dance’s The Deluge. Friday 18 November, 7pm. Bradworthy Primary Academy. Tickets £5 (ad) £2.50 (U16). 01409 241313 or online sales from