Preview: Fertile Ground dance company presents Dancing the Road.

Dancing the Road Elephant Dances. Photo by Rachel Cherry.

Dancing the Road Elephant Dances. Photo by Rachel Cherry.

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Fans of dance, music, elephants and Facebook are in for a treat with a triple bill of contemporary movement which is hitting stages and streets across the North East over the coming weeks.

Four young dancers from the North East star in Dancing the Road, an eclectic programme from the region’s first professional graduate dance company, Fertile Ground.

Artistic Director, Dora Frankel, founded the company to nurture and keep local talent in the North East and has commissioned two internationally renowned choreographers to create new work designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, especially those who haven’t seen contemporary dance before.

Frankel has become a doyenne of dance in the North East since her arrival from the international stage in 2004. She describes Dancing the Road as, “An immersive triple bill that takes you beyond time and place. Our two brilliant guest choreographers are creating new works for this tour. Eight Steps by Malgorzata Dzierzon explores how we negotiate public spaces. Era by James Wilton delves into the dark side of digital technology. My own piece is called Elephant Dances and celebrates our connection to the majestic elephant. It’s all going to be colourful, joyous and thought provoking. We really want to touch local people’s lives with dance.”

Dancing the Road will be at the Maltings, Berwick, on Friday May 20. Tickets cost £10 (£7.50 concs). Call 01289 330999.