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Image: Fertile Ground dancers with Voxpopuli musicians by Kevin Wong

Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor – referred to as Death and the Maiden – is widely regarded as a cornerstone of chamber music. Written in 1824 as the composer suffered a serious illness and realised that his life was ending, its existential and dramatic nature is hinted at through its moniker. It’s a piece that now forms the inspiration for Twilight Dances, a new work from Fertile Ground’s artistic directors, former Rambert dancers Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon.

Schubert’s composition will be played live across the 45 minute slice of contemporary dance, using its underlying themes as a foundation for the piece’s own exploration of immortality and society’s seemingly endless quest for youth. Performed by four young, female professional dancers from the region, Dzierzon has explained a desire to build on the troupe’s already strong reputation by presenting dance that both breaks new ground and remains accessible. After performances in Sunderland and Jarrow in May, June’s shows take place at The Maltings in Berwick (Friday 7th) and Gosforth Civic Theatre (Sunday 9th), before moving on to Newcastle’s Dance City on Thursday 17th October.

Expect a transcendental exploration of mortality that brings Dzierzon and Wiser’s vision as artistic directors to fruition. As Schubert’s work has stood the test of time, Twilight Dances is likely to be equally as memorable.


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