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Wayne McGregor in South Tyneside

Posted on February 23, 2011

The students of Jarrow School, South Tyneside will perform alongside the dancers of Random Dance in the new work Soma on Friday, March 4.

The performance, which marks the end of the highly successful “Find Your Talent” project, follows a week-long residency by Random Dance, starting on February 28. Unusually, Wayne McGregor, Random’s choreographer and director (pictured), will lead the residency himself.

The Find Your Talent Project was set up to provide high-quality cultural experience for children and young people, giving them regular involvement with the arts. Unfortunately, the project is due to end this March: its funding has been withdrawn, as part of a larger package of spending cuts by the coalition government.

The Soma performance takes place at 7pm at Jarrow School, Field Terrace, Jarrow. See for tickets.

Photograph by Rob Moore, courtesy of the Royal Opera House

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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