Dance Foundation Degree Students Create Special Performance for Historic St Paul's Church Deptford

Over the centuries, much has transpired at St Paul's but nothing quite like what the Dance Foundation Degree students have planned for their "Passing Through" performance.

Online PR News – 12-May-2010 – – Students of the Dance Foundation Degree will be doing two free performances on the grounds of the historic St Paul's in Deptford on 20 May 2010. These performances are part of the end year presentation by the first year students of this two-year program and they have aptly named the performance - 'Passing Through'.

For this site-specific performance, the Dance Foundation Degree students are collaborating with students from the Foundation Degree in Fashion and Photography run jointly at City & Islington College and London Metropolitan University.

St Paul's was designed by architect Thomas Archer and built between 1712 and 1730. It is one of London's finest Baroque parish churches. It is the aim of the students that their performances, an inspiring fusion of African, Caribbean and contemporary dance styles accompanied by live drumming and percussion, will help to reflect the magnificence and splendour of this beautiful building.

The Dance Foundation Degree program is the result of a partnership between IRIE! dance theatre, City & Islington College and London Metropolitan University. It is the only course of its kind in the UK where African and Caribbean dance are given equal status alongside ballet and contemporary dance.

It is designed to help students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to build a career path in areas on dance performance, education or community arts. The first students to complete this foundation degree program will be graduating in June of this year.

The idea behind doing site-specific work is to demonstrate that dance can be performed in a variety of settings and is an art-form that should be open to all individuals. Beverley Glean, IRIE! dance theatre's Artistic Director said:

"We set this type of challenge for the students to help expand their minds and illustrate that dance performances need not be thought of only in the context of the proscenium arch."

Last year, students did their site-specific performance at Moonshot Centre, IRIE! dance theatre's base and one of the venues where the Dance Foundation Degree is actually taught. A venue like St Paul's presents clearly new challenges for the dancers but challenges which they have relished.

The performances are open to the general public and free to attend. For further information and to reserve your free ticket(s) visit the URL below:

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