Church and Cathedral Tour
Yorke Dance Project will be touring Dancing Sacred over the next two years – a new production that has been created specifically for Churches and Cathedrals. The project has been inspired by Canciones Del Alma, a work choreographed by Robert Cohan that was reconstructed for our 2015 tour of Figure Ground; the success of Canciones with audiences around the country led us to develop a distinctive programme of work that addressed the movement of the spirit. Dancing Sacred will be accompanied by live music and live gospel singing wherever possible.
Included in the programme alongside Canciones will be Lacrymosa, a new work by Robert Cohan and a reconstruction of his acclaimed work, Hunter of Angels. Choreographed in 1959, this stark and dramatic duet for two men is about the relationship between Biblical brothers Jacob and Esau and their battle over birthright.
There will also be a new work, Out of Bounds, by Yolande Yorke-Edgell, three short dances set to gospel music and excerpts from Associate Director Stephen Pelton’s critically acclaimed work Lauda Adrianna.
The first performance of Dancing Sacred will take place at Winchester Cathedral on 3 May 2016 and will include live music by the world-renowned Gavin Bryars Ensemble for Lauda Adrianna and gospel music performed by The S.O.N.G—Sounds of New Gospel choir.
YDP intends to collaborate with choirs local to each of the stops along the tour to provide the live musical/song accompaniment to Out of Bounds.
Similarly, YDP will be holding workshops with youth dance programmes in each of the locales that the tour visits. These workshops will culminate in each group of students performing a curtain-raiser for the performance of Dancing Sacred in the local host church venue. For the Winchester Cathedral performance, the curtain-raiser will be performed by dancers from Totton College.
Please check back for more information as the tour develops.
Yorke Dance Project would like to thank the Arts Council of England for supporting the research and development phase of this programme.