Spot On partner up with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative

A whole host of dance treats from the Rural Dance Touring Initiative arrives at venues this Autumn and Spot On is very proud to be hosting Keira Martin’s show ‘Here Comes Trouble’ at The United Reform Church Hall in Read on Friday 20th October.

It’s all supported by the National Rural Touring Forum’s (NRTF) three-year dance focused scheme, which served up its first ‘menu’ of work to regional touring schemes in 2016. To see the latest rural dance film click here: Rural Touring Dance Film

Here Comes Trouble draws on social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, rhythmically weaving together traditional music, authentic song and moving, gutsy Irish and contemporary dance. Martin will share hard-hitting and heart-warming chapters of her life, revealing her heritage, her strength, and her vulnerability. The performance will be followed by a ceilidh led by Keira and her band.

Speaking of the tours, Claire Smith, Project Manager of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative said: “We are delighted with the response to performances that have happened with the First Menu companies – companies and audiences seemed thrilled at the unique opportunity this project is offering.”

Lyndsey Wilson, Scheme Manager for Spot On Rural Touring said: “This will be The United Reform Church’s first ever Spot On event and we’re really excited that they have chosen to host dance in their venue. The show looks set to be a really exciting and thought-provoking piece which should entertain our new audience in Read.”

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a three-year scheme for making and touring dance performances to and for rural areas. Made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery-funded Strategic Touring Programme, the initiative is led by National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), which joined with dance institution The Place, arts charity Take Art and independent producing studio China Plate to deliver the scheme. These shows are the first to tour as part of the initiative, with companies chosen from hundreds of applications in response to a call out issued at last year’s launch.

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