"Fertile Ground offers dance opportunities to some of the region’s most talented young dancers bringing them the chance to work, train and perform intensively with contributions from outstanding guest teachers and choreographers" - Dora Frankel
FERTILE GOUND is a graduate dance company with a VISION to nurture, challenge and inspire the next generation of dance artists to develop and present inspirational and accessible dance opportunities for the people of the North of England.
FERTILE GROUND intends to sustain an annual programme providing a bridge between University study and the professional dance industry for some of the region’s most talented young people.
FERTILE GROUND’S dancers are Alicia Meehan, Holly Bellamy, Kayleigh Fisk and Alys North and they will be presenting workshops, performances and other dance opportunities to inspire audiences and participants, in particular the young across the North East region.
FERTILE GROUND’s work will focus on communities that have had limited opportunities for engagement with dance – there will be dance residencies at The Maltings Berwick upon Tweed; Bede’s World, The Customs House South Shields, The Bowes Museum Co. Durham, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts Sunderland and Teesside and Sunderland Universities as well as Newcastle and Sunderland College and Tyne and Wear Museums.
FERTILE GROUND’s training for its young team will focus on methodologies to work with young people in areas of deprivation inspiring them to healthy living and creative endeavour through dance. FERTILE GROUND will engage with many new and diverse audiences through its partnerships.
Dora Frankel Artistic Director said “Fertile Ground offers dance opportunities to some of the region’s most talented young dancers bringing them the chance to work, train and perform intensively with contributions from outstanding guest teachers and choreographers; together the company will show the importance, excitement and relevance of contemporary dance whilst raising aspirations among young people through its programme of dance experiences.”
“We would like to thank Arts Council England for the financial support provided through their Grants for The Arts lottery funding and we are indebted to Gillian Dickinson Trust for their generous patronage.”
Dora Frankel came to the North East of England following a distinguished career as a Dancer, Choreographer and Choreologist with Ballet Rambert (UK), American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Swedish Ballet and leading the establishment of a dance training programme in Gothenburg Sweden. She holds an MA Choreography from Middlesex University and a Choreographer’s Award from Gothenburg City, Sweden.
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