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Experimental dance company at Theatre Severn
29 Feb 2016
by Rebecca Dutton

It’s always exciting to try something new…and Bridging the Void at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn next month certainly sounds an intriguing production.

During the performance by Experiential, an unusual UK dance company, the audience is free to move around the Walker Theatre and it is a standing event – very unique for a dance performance at any venue.

Theatre Severn is committed to bringing dance to Shropshire audiences, which is to be highly applauded.

Whether it’s the Birmingham Royal Ballet or more diverse companies like Experiential, it is a cultural experience to be embraced.

Pip Bayley, who works at Theatre Severn, said he doesn’t think the theatre has ever offered its audiences such a unique opportunity to get so up close to a dance piece before.

He said: “If anyone is feeling nervous about the experience, I would urge them to come along and give it a try. You can interact as much as you want (even not at all) and I guarantee you will be part of something truly unique and original.”

The performance will pay tribute to the sunrise. The audience will enter the theatre in complete darkness and gradually the dancers, the sounds of sunrise and filmed footage will begin to unfold around them.

The piece has been choreographed by Rachel Johnson, who said she wants to give audiences the opportunity to get involved in dance.

She said: “I want the audience to hear, see and feel the beauty of the sunrise and the movement both emotionally and physically.

“When we performed the piece last year, audiences were initially curious and intrigued; as their curiosity gave way they began to relax and people were happy to join in, enjoy the experience and leave the theatre feeling uplifted.”

The dance company is also asking people from all over the country to share their memories and experiences of sunrises prior to the performance via their website at www.experientialdance.com. The photos, videos and memories will be collated and shared at venues across the UK.

‘Bridging the Void’ will be at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Wednesday March 16 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281 or by visiting the venues website at www.theatresevern.co.uk.

Bridging The Void

Bridging The Void