Roald Dahl’s books brought to life by University of Sunderland students

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.
Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.
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TALENTED young dancers will be touring schools to inspire children to read.

The books of Roald Dahl hold a special place in many people’s lives, but a new generation are set to enjoy the works in a new way.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

Whizzpopping Stories is an original dance production created by University of Sunderland students and influenced by three of Dahl’s best-loved works - The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In a colourful and eclectic show the student’s will bring to life his work through costumes, sets, and dance styles.

The Dance University of Sunderland Company, DUSC, is set to tour the region’s primary schools, beginning in January 2015.

But members of the public can also enjoy the production when the troop comes to The Bridges tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

The free performance in the central square is designed to provide a taste of the upcoming eight-week tour.

Rachel Emms-Hobbins, senior lecturer in performance arts, who helped the students create and choreograph the dance, said: “There are no dull moments in Roald Dahl’s books – there’s always lots going on, funny bits, tricks and surprises.

“Schools will enjoy something very similar in Whizzpopping Stories - 50 minutes of vibrant dance performance using spoken word, costume, props, music, recorded narration and books.

“It is an interactive experience, the chance to learn a little more about Roald Dahl and also see some characters they know come to life.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

Dance University of Sunderland Company preview their Roald Dahl inspired performance at the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland, before their performance there later this month.

“The schools will also have two short workshops based on one or two of the stories, therefore the children will learn how to take a story and bring it to life using their bodies and imaginations.”

The production is assessed work and part of the students’ academic module at university. Alongside their performance commitments they are required to develop other skills such as time management and communication.

Any schools interested in the DUSC dance tour can find out more information by emailing rachel.emms-hobbins@sunderland.ac.uk.