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Spring 2019

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative brings Hansel & Gretel to Hoghton

Uchenna Dance Company will give the classic fairytale a modern makeover in an all dancing version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ which comes to St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Saturday 16 March at 5pm. 

Told from the children’s perspective, our two young heroes brave a big journey and find themselves lost in London, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Separated from their kind guardian, the clever duo must use their smarts and determination to outwit the adults and find a way for their little modern family to stay together in a show where kids are number one!

Instead of breadcrumbs, they follow the London landmarks and the evil witch is a helpful – or maybe not so helpful? – stranger in a show that celebrates the boundless imagination of children with vivacious dancing and colourful costumes. The stage will be transformed into a mobile, ever-changing urban playground, coming to life for one night only. It’s a show that will delight the whole family and leave them grooving in their seat!

Director and choreographer Vicki Igbokwe has put her unique ‘Uchenna Dance’ twist on the much-loved story, weaving dance styles House, Waacking and Vogue, with African and Contemporary dance. “Hansel & Gretel is a story I read a lot as a child and for me, it was always about how brave Hansel & Gretel are, how tenacious, courageous and resourceful. In our version, they use their imagination to help them get out of tricky situations. I really wanted to create a show that celebrates and empowers young people to be brave and think on their feet.”

Spot On Manager and promoter, Lyndsey Wilson, added “We’re so excited to be bringing Uchenna Dance’s production to St Joseph’s Parish Hall. It’s the perfect late afternoon show for families and for anyone with an interest in dance. Come and have an adventure with us!”

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