Step Into Dance In An Enchanted Forest
A magical journey through the forest awaits the audience of a free Bank Holiday weekend contemporary dance performance.
The unusual show ‘Marks, Measures, Maps and Mind’ is being put on by 15 professional dancers and will involve the audience following them through King’s Wood in Challock.
The forest will be their stage and lighting will be provided by what nature projects through the canopy of trees above.
Bold costumes will ensure the dancers contrast with the forest colours, and props using nature as the inspiration will add to the performance.
Performances will take place at noon, 3pm and 6pm on both Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August.
The aim of the project, which is being put on by Stour Valley Arts, South East Dance and Turner Contemporary, is to bring contemporary dance to a new audience.
It is hoped that such a magical, enchanting and unusual setting will appeal to both the dance community as well as people who may not have taken a step into dance performance before.
The unique stage has already attracted intrigue from forest walkers who have stopped to watch rehearsals which have been taking place over the last few weeks.
The performances, being put on as a Cultural Olympiad project have been choreographed by Dog Kennel Hill Project choreographers Henrietta Hale and Ben Ash and form part of a free arts programme taking place across the south east to celebrate London 2012.
Visitors will arrive at the forest car park to be greeted by guides at the Kent Cultural Baton silver caravan, who will take them to the first part of the performance.
Each audience of 40 per show, will be split into two groups and follow different dancers around the forest, merging at some points but finishing together around 90 minutes later.
Sturdy shoes are a must for the audience, who are welcome at any age. Families are invited to come along before or after their performance to enjoy the forest and perhaps bring a picnic, games or simply explore what it has to offer.
The terrain may not be suitable for buggies, so people are encouraged to carry children in slings if they would like to bring them. Accessibility for those in wheelchairs can be arranged but please call ahead to discuss your individual needs.
For the noon and 6pm performances a free shuttle bus will operate from Ashford Railway Station to bring people to the forest if they would like to use public transport to avoid driving. The shuttle bus will depart at 11:30am and 5:30pm. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
For the 3pm showing, Turner Contemporary is organising a return trip by coach from the gallery to King's Wood. It will leave the Turner Contemporary at 1pm, at a cost of £5 per person. Seats can be booked with the dance tickets at the Turner Contemporary website. All services will make a return trip following the performance.
Although tickets are free, they must be booked in advance to allow the organisers to keep audiences for each performance to around 40.
Call: 01843 233000
Group bookings are welcome.