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Dancefest's newly-formed DFA Performance Group present Passeggiata

  • Date: 11 June 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Dancefest, the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, has gained a reputation for creating small to mid scale site-specific dance, often outdoors and in unusual spaces.

It has recently created DFA, a new performance group of dedicated dancers aged 20+ with strong contemporary technique and a sense of adventure, to be part of its next outdoor performance.

DFA was formed as Dancefest teachers and previous youth performance company members saw a gap in opportunities for the 20+ age group.

DFA is now working to create a new piece, Passeggiata, under the direction of Clare Wood, Worcestershire Dance Worker and Youth Dance Coordinator for Dancefest. Passeggiata is the Italian social tradition where families and friends take to the streets for an evening stroll before dinner. DFA’s version has a vintage twist, taking inspiration from women in the1950s, old and new wedding traditions, family and travel.

The performance has developed from Dancefest’s recent project 12 Moves, which was part of Dancing for the Games, the programme inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands that involved over 22,000 people in dance throughout Worcestershire.

Passeggiata is the first site generic performance that Dancefest has created, able to pop up throughout the summer in pedestrianised areas, and aims to target an unsuspecting audience, capturing the attention of people who may not usually see dance in a theatre setting, surprising shoppers and tourists with an upbeat, playful, pop up promenade performance.

Alongside DFA, Passeggiata will feature performances from other Dancefest groups from Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Working with the same theme, the groups will create interludes along the route.

Performances take place on 27 July in Worcester and 10 August in Hereford.

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