Make art, not war: Dozens of Sunderland students ready for anti-violence Easter performance

Sunderland College students prepare for Rush
Sunderland College students prepare for Rush
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STUDENTS are dancing to the beat for an Easter spectacular.

For the past six weeks, more than 40 pupils from Sunderland College have been rehearsing for Rush.

The project looks at mass action and how arts and culture can provide an alternative to violent protest, and culminates in a performance in South Shields.

Forty five students studying dance in Sunderland will be some of the 120 dancers taking part in the Easter Sunday performance.

It’s 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.

Emma Kernohan, Sunderland College associate programme leader for its foundation degree in dance, explained: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our foundation degree students and our Btec students to be involved in a large-scale, professional performance.

“Rush will be part of a module for the Foundation Degree students and they’ll be formally assessed on their performance, so it’s a great opportunity for them.”

•Rush will be performed at 8.30pm on April 5, at St Hilda’s Engine Shed. Admission is free.