Long-distance collaboration to be staged at Frome theatre
Yorke Dance Project and Pennington Dance Group presents Across Connections, a new dance work created in London and LA, at Frome's Merlin Theatre, on Saturday.
The long-distance collaboration explores the choreographic challenges of creating work on separate continents.
As former dancers with the USA's influential Lewitzky Dance Company, choreographers Yolande Yorke-Edgell and John Pennington wanted to draw upon their shared history to create a joint work for their companies which crossed continents and borders.
Beginning in 2011, they exchanged ideas and movements through Skype, email and video before moving from the virtual to the real and coming together in the studio in LA to create Overlay, a dance in four movements with nine dancers and original scores.
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John Pennington said: "We first met as performers in the Lewitzky and have continued building our working relationship over the years.
"Across Connections is the result of our desire to traverse the boundaries of nation and culture through dance.
"In this collaborative concert, we choreographed a dance titled Overlay.
"We took an unconventional approach to creating the piece, working on different continents, communication through e-mail, video and Skype, and finally assembling the work in the past two weeks in Los Angeles.
"Overlay layers the creative energies of both groups and is supported by four original scores created by three talented Los Angeles-based composers.
"Across Connections is our dance experiment and what we hope to be the first of many future collaborations.
"Our special thanks to the dance artists involved in this production who imaginatively leapt across the globe to create this new work.
"We are excited to share our performance with a Frome audience."
Following the critically acclaimed Grace (2009) and Americana (2010), Across Connections promises an evening of exceptional dance entertainment.
Yolande has choreographed, directed and danced internationally for more than 20 years.
The company has a reputation for high production values, critically acclaimed choreography, veteran and new choreographers work and outstanding dancers.
Yolande said: "Music has been my main inspiration as both a choreographer and a dancer.
"It has always been what drives me, physically and emotionally, far beyond a thought or story."
The Yorke Dance Project dancers for Across Connections are Amy Thake, Hannah Windows, Edward Mitton, Kieran Stoneley and Yolande Yorke- Edgell.
The Pennington Group dancers are Li Chang Rothermich, Yvette Wulff, Michael Szanyi, Tom Tsai and Danae McWatt.
The performance starts at 7.45pm.
For further information visit www.merlintheatre.co.uk.