Hundreds Rush to see outdoor dance spectacular

WHAT A RUSH: Dancers perform Rush as part of the Cultural Spring programme.
WHAT A RUSH: Dancers perform Rush as part of the Cultural Spring programme.
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HUNDREDS of people rushed to see an outdoor dance spectacular by Wearside performers on Easter Sunday.

More than 550 people attended Rush, which featured more than 100 performers, a water cannon, lots of prams and coloured dust.

It was the latest commission from The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded initiative aiming to encourage and increase participation in the Arts in 10 wards on South Tyneside and Wearside.

Rush, which was performed against the backdrop of St Hilda’s Engine Shed, in South Shields, was produced and delivered by Durham-based Event International and Southpaw Dance Company on behalf of the Cultural Spring.

The live performance was the culmination of months of community-based workshops, with performers coming from Sunderland College, East Durham College in Peterlee, Boldon Community Association and dance groups and other organisations from across Wearside and South Tyneside.

It used three main characters – a single mum, a homeless man and a worker on a zero-hours contract – to explore how the arts can provide a voice, and an alternative to violent protest, to those who feel marginalised from society.

Rush is exactly what the Cultural Spring is about – working with people in our local communities to produce the very best in arts and culture.

Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring

Gill Smith, from Sunderland, who went along to watch the show, said: “I’d seen it advertised, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. It blew me away, I was really moved by it. I loved the different sections and the stories being told.

“I hope they put it on again, I’d definitely come and see it again.”

Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring, said: “We thought it was going to be a special show and that’s what it proved to be. Rush is exactly what the Cultural Spring is about – working with people in our local communities to produce the very best in arts and culture.”