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Dancing in the four corners of Devon

  • Date: 12 October 2012
  • Area: South West
Choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie. Credit: Benedict Johnson, Absent Made Present

Dance activities in four Devon villages will culminate in Bespoke performances created by Choreographer Freddie Oppoku-Addaie in collaboration with contemporary dance artists and Devon based craft artists.

The activities are part of Dance in Devon's year long Arts Council funded project - Devon Dance Compass.

Local community groups will take part in a week of activities in each of the villages - Stockland, Stoke Fleming, Princetown and Chulmleigh. In each location, a craft artist will work with the choreographer to create a performance which links dance and craft.

Choreographer Freddie Oppoku-Addaie said:
'I'm interested in working mechanisms of traditional craft techniques and what this says about the value of human creativity and manual skills in an age that is dominated by technological advances.'

Silk and textile weaving, sculpture and the work of an eco artist will be incorporated into the Bespoke performances.

Visiting guests from the Royal Ballet will perform as a special addition to the evening's events in each location.

Director of Dance in Devon Gillian Dale said:
'This is a fantastic opportunity for people in Devon to work with the extraordinarily talented Freddie Oppoku Addaie. Community groups in the four corners of the county are going to be having a wonderful time during this project. It's also a great opportunity for audiences to enjoy a unique performance in their local venue. These are the sorts of dancers they would normally have to travel to large venues to see and now Devon people are going to see them dancing on their doorstep - almost literally!'

Information about booking tickets is available on the Devon Dance Compass blog.