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A ‘QUIET REVOLUTION’ HAPPENING AT CROOME

Contemporary dance will unfold in the historical setting of a National Trust parkland, near Worcester, by two local performance groups.

Visitors to Croome can enjoy watching ‘Quiet Revolution’ a live dance performance taking place around the property.

Contemporary dance will unfold in the historical setting of a National Trust parkland, near Worcester, by two of Dancefest’s local performance groups.

Visitors to Croome can enjoy watching ‘Quiet Revolution’ a live dance performance taking place around the property.

‘It’s great to welcome Dancefest back to Croome,” said Rachel Sharpe, Croome’s Creative Partnerships Manager. “Their ability to tell heritage stories through dance is a truly beautiful and emotive experience.”

‘Quiet Revolution’ will begin outside and take visitors through the Court, ending at the Plumlines exhibition, a poignant and poetic experience reminding us all of the sacrifices local women made during the First World War.

“We’re delighted to be back at Croome this year and find the space and the people so inspiring to work with,” said Rose Beeston, Director of Dancefest. “Dancefest encourages curiosity - about contemporary dance, who dances, where dance happens, encouraging performers and audiences to look at the world around them in a different way. We hope that the audience will be moved and stirred by the performance and we’re looking forward to sharing it with them in this beautiful setting.”

Dancefest, the dance development organisation based in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, has created Quiet Revolution with two of its performance groups, led by choreographer Marie Oldaker, and the National Trust at Croome, to produce a community dance project that aims to highlight how the First World War changed the roles of women.

The war brought about a quiet social revolution on the Home Front. Women were fighting the war on their own doorstep. Enduring loss, adversity and hardship, they discovered a new sense of purpose and dignity in comradeship, delicate-activism, unity and liberation.
‘DFA (Dancefest Adults)’ and our ‘Chance to Dance Company’ for dancers aged 50+ will come together to perform this stirring and poignant piece of dance theatre.

The performances, which last approximately 20 minutes, begin on the south lawn with Croome Court as the stunning backdrop encouraging visitors to follow them as they progress move inside the house.

“I love the way that this year’s performance from Dancefest is joining the landscape and the Court together,” said Katherine Alker, Croome’s Garden and Outdoors Manager. “in just the way that ‘Capability’ Brown intended when he created them in the 1750s. Dancers are using the lawns, the staircase and rooms inside the court to tell their story.”

The free performances take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Sunday 23 July. Normal admission charges apply to access the parkland.

For more information about this event please visit www.dancefest.co.uk