East Anglian Talent Creates Poignant New Dance Piece Capturing Wartime Life

Creative talent drawn from across East Anglia is working with a world-renowned team of choreographers and an iconic museum to premiere a brand new dance piece capturing wartime RAF life.

Cinderella: A Museum Adventure will be seen for the first time on Wednesday February 14 and will be performed among the exhibits at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

It will feature the members of the all-male dance company Legacy which is made up of dancers aged 10 to 21 drawn from around East Anglia and was formed after the hugely successful production of Lord of the Flies, which saw young male performers star alongside members of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company.

Dancing under the aircraft, they will be capturing the lives, excitement and drama of the young men sent to serve at the RAF airfield.

The piece has been co-created by New Adventures itself who are working on the collaborative project at the Imperial War Museum sites in Duxford, Manchester and London to coincide with the tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.

It will also have moments of spoken word interspersed throughout the musical soundtrack. These have been conceived by participants in Norwich Theatre Royal’s Introduction To Script-Writing course.

Alternating with the dance performances will be interactive talks about the Lancaster bomber and its role in the Second World War. New Adventures will also lead playful and creative dance workshops which are open to all ages and abilities which will allow visitors to learn some choreography from Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella and have the opportunity to create their own dance piece.

Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museums said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with renowned dance company New Adventures to present Imperial War Museums’ stories in a truly engaging and creative way. As visitors and participants immerse themselves in the awe and wonder of the dance performances we hope that they’ll feel a connection with the human stories that have inspired them.”

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, Artistic Director of New Adventures, added: “We’re very excited to be delivering this unique project. We hope that visitors and participants alike enjoy the performances and workshops and we hope to see you at one of our shows very soon.”

 How Do You See The Finished Performance?

They will happen at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Interactive talks at 11.30pm and 3.30pm

Dance workshops at 12.30pm and 2pm. Places on the dance workshops are free but must be booked in advance.

Watching the dance performances and taking part in the workshops is included in the cost of entry to the Imperial War Museum Duxford. For more admission information, please click https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/cinderella-a-museum-adventure

Meanwhile you can see Legacy performing a very different piece of dance at the Turnstyle Dance Platform 2017 at 

 

And you can find out more about them at http://www.legacydancecompany.co.uk/