Dancer company to perform in Sunderland College theatre

Sunderland College dance students take part in a workshop led by dance company Fertile Ground.

Sunderland College dance students take part in a workshop led by dance company Fertile Ground.

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A PROFESSIONAL dance group has become the first to take up residency at Sunderland College.

Fertile Ground, which boasts world famous ballet dancer Wayne Sleep as its patron, will be performing in the college’s new multi-million pound theatre.

The North East graduate dance company will perform its Spring 2015 tour at the Bede College venue next month.

The exciting partnership will see the dance company perform four pieces of work devised by Fertile Ground’s Artistic Director, Dora Frankel, and high-profile guest choreographers Tom Dale and Eleesha Drennan.

The company consists of four young graduate dancers, including former Sunderland College student Kayleigh Fisk, who returned to Bede Campus with her colleagues in November to lead a series of dance workshops.

Kayleigh, who completed her BTEC First Diploma and National Diploma in Dance at the college, said: “The dance/performing arts department at Sunderland College always has such a welcoming atmosphere.

“Delivering a workshop to the students offered me the chance to show them there are opportunities for dancers in the North East and I was very pleased how productive and hard working the students were. It makes me proud to have studied at such a brilliant college.”

Dora added: “We are delighted to be residence at Sunderland College - for our graduate dancers to have the opportunity to work intensively with students to develop their skills and technique was wonderful, and we can’t wait to bring our Spring 2015 tour to the brand new theatre.” Sunderland College’s 220-seat theatre is housed in the impressive Visual and Performing Arts academy which opened in September, and also features bespoke dance, drama, media and art studios.

Jane Reed, head of visual and performing arts, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with this inspirational dance company, and it is very fitting that Fertile Ground dancers will be the first professional performers to take residence in the state-of-the-art venue.

“It is a very exciting time for us as we develop a professional performance programme for the theatre and we are confident that we will soon become an established performing arts venue within the North East’s cultural scene.”

Fertile Ground will be performing at the college on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm. Tickets, priced at £10 and £8 for concessions, are available at www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/FertileGround.