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Local young dancers taking part in the inaugural year of the UK-wide Young Choreographers Celebration will be chosen to dance in a Curtain Raiser performance prior to Chantry Dance Company’s production of Ulysses Unbound & The Stacked Deck at Worcester’s Swan Theatre this Autumn.

2016 is the launch year for Chantry Dance Company’s Young Choreographers Celebration. The event, which takes place in cities across the UK, has seen young dance students from nominated schools and universities take part in a choreography competition. The competition is adjudicated by professional choreographers from Chantry Dance Company, all of whom have choreographed in London’s West End, at Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House.

The young dancers taking part have been asked to create a piece of choreography based on ‘The Universe’ or ‘Card Games’ to tie in with the themes of Chantry Dance Company’s 2016 tour programme, and the judges will be selecting outstanding pieces for special awards. These awards include the incredible opportunity for the students to dance their choreography in a curtain raiser show at The Swan Theatre, Worcester, prior to Chantry Dance Company’s performance of Ulysses Unbound & The Stacked Deck. Other awards include the chance for the young dancers to watch Chantry’s professional dancers take their daily class, a subsidized place on a choreography workshop run by Chantry’s choreographers, and a free ticket to watch Chantry’s 2016 Tour programme.

The nominated schools in Worcester who are taking part in the Young Choreographers Celebration this year are Harlequin School of Dance and The Academy performing arts school. The event hopes to encourage young dancers to explore their creativity, give them confidence to express themselves through dance, and to provide an insight for the award winners into a professional dancer’s and choreographer’s performance preparations.

Following the curtain raiser performance from the Young Choreographers award winners, Chantry presents their 2016 UK Tour programme: two original and innovative contemporary ballets, Ulysses Unbound and The Stacked Deck.

In Ulysses Unbound, we follow the journey of the last astronaut who has left a dying earth for a new home. In a thrilling cascade of contemporary ballet dance, he witnesses the birth of a new star and finds himself on an alien world, populated by very alien creatures. The Stacked Deck is a contrasting work and shows life as a harsh game that can be difficult to win with the hand you’re dealt, and asks whether how we play is actually more important than whether or not we win.

Chantry’s tour is performed by a highly skilled cast, and provides a great evening of entertainment. Singer and TV presenter Simon Butteriss said of Chantry’s work, “…hugely impressive event last night – amazing.” Other audience members have been equally delighted, calling the Company’s performances “superb” and “pure brilliance”.

Chantry Dance Company 2016 UK Tour:
Ulysses Unbound & The Stacked Deck

The Swan Theatre

Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm - Tickets £12.50 (Concessions £10)

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