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Wednesday 19 October 2022

8.00pm - 9.35pm


£10 / £8 concessions / Free for EHU Students


The Rose Theatre


Arts Centre


Myths & Dreams

Wednesday 19 October 8pm
Fertile Ground presents
Myths & Dreams

Fertile Ground presents Myths & Dreams, an ambitious and innovative programme created by four choreographers, combining dance, film and digital sculpture in an imaginative evening performed by the cast of top North East emerging professional dancers.

Fertile Ground’s Artistic Co-Director Malgorzata Dzierzon brings to the stage her new dance film Somnium. At the time of extended confinement during the pandemic, many of us have found ourselves sleeping and dreaming more. Somnium wants to capture and express our dreams, memories, anxieties and desires at this time of change. Somnium is a collaboration with filmmaker Filipe Alcada and composer Oliver Coates and is a Dance City 2021/22 Commission

Concept: Małgorzata Dzierżon

Choreography: Małgorzata Dzierżon in collaboration with dancers

Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch

Film director: Filipe Alcada

Music: Oliver Coates

Lighting Design: Christopher Swain

Director of Photography: Fabio Calascibetta

Editing and grading: Filipe Alcada John Antony Thadicaran

Trailer and photography: Filipe Alcada


Next in the programme is Plubel by rising European choreographers Fabritia D’Intino and Clémentine Vanlerberghe. A finalist in Boris Charmatz’s Danse Élargie competition and performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2019, Plubel is a hypnotic journey of imitation that questions how the female figure is represented in dance.

Choreography: Fabritia D’Intino & Clémentine Vanlerberghe

Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch

Music: Federico Scettri

Lighting Design: Violaine Burgard with Pierre Staigre

Photography: Hubert Helleu


Closing the bill is Labyrinth, a cross-disciplinary work by Fertile Ground Artistic Co-Director Renaud Wiser, freely inspired by the myth of the Minotaur. In contrast with the classical narrative, in Labyrinth the Minotaur is portrayed as a symbol of hybridity representing the complexities of modern times. In our creative process the dancers are immersed in a virtual environment created by sculptor Marie Lelouche and develop choreography in response to her sculptures. On stage, the performers’ movement reveals this virtual maze brought to life by projections and a haunting sound design.

Choreography: Renaud Wiser in collaboration with dancers

Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch

Sculptor and Designer: Marie Lelouche

Creative Technologist: Florent Berthaut

Music: Lukas Paris, Lukas Truniger, Zahn – Hatami – McClure

Lighting Design: Christopher Swain


Duration: 1hour 35 minutes including interval

Recommended Age: 8+


Labyrinth VR experience 6.30pm – 7.50pm and in the interval

Ahead of performances, there will be an opportunity to experience Labyrinth’s virtual sculptures by signing up to a short virtual reality immersive experience. Wearing VR headsets, audiences can explore the maze and fully experience the scale and beauty of the virtual sculptures created by designer Marie Lelouche.

Fertile Ground 2021/22 programmes are funded by the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, Garrick Charitable Trust, LGA Foundation, Three Monkies Trust, Scops Arts Trust, Didymus CIO and Leche Trust. Somnium is a Dance City 2021/22 Commission.

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance. 
Please sign up by emailing [email protected] by October 18th, 5pm.

Free to ticket holders.


Fertile Ground is the North East of England’s repertory touring dance company. Dedicated to talent development and retention in the North East and North of England, Fertile Ground aims to nurture, challenge and inspire a new generation of dance artists and to develop and present inspirational and accessible dance for the people of the North.

The Company’s vision is to make the North East of England the place to dance.


“Myths & Dreams is a wonderful collective of individual, micro, artistic decisions and dance steps combining to make one interesting big idea. Wow.” Damian Robinson, NARC Magazine

“Hypnotic (…) Quiet and absorbing” Savannah Sounders, The Wonderful World of Dance on Plubel by Vanlerberghe & D’Intino’s






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