The Way We Were – Saturday November 12, 2016 at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm in Paragon Interchange. FREE. No booking required. LIVE music providing the soundtrack to a large-scale dance project in Hull is being made possible thanks to the donation of a grand piano.
Baysgarth School, on Barrow Road in Barton-upon-Humber, responded to calls from the new Tenfoot Dance Company for the essential instrument, which will be used for The Way We Were in Paragon Interchange as part of this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations.
First Transpennine, who manage the busy train station, have agreed to sponsor the costs of installing the piano and tuning the instrument. Station manager David Hatfield has agreed to cover 50 per cent of these costs in return for the piano remaining in the interchange for future use.
Co-founder of Tenfoot Dance Company, Freddie Garland, said: “We’re delighted with the contribution to this project by Baysgarth School and First Transpennine, who have been incredibly helpful during the planning of The Way We Were. It’s wonderful that the piano will also remain in situ for use in the future.”
The piano will be played by pianist Antoine Robinson for The Way We Were. Antoine will be joined by double bassist George Beastall, drummer Alan Drever-Smith, trumpeteer Mike King, and cellist Adam Elders. Hull-born Adam is an incredibly talented student currently studying at Leeds College of Music, while his fellow musicians all have Hull links and are established jazz musicians considered to be in the top of their field.
The Way We Were will bring professional dancers, live musicians and a multi-generational cast together, for several performances in Paragon Interchange, Hull on Saturday, November 12. The piece looks at relationships during wartime, with a central narrative focusing on two main characters; a young couple who meet only to be separated by conflict.
The Way We Were will incorporate a range of dance styles and genres, which, in addition to contemporary dance, includes Jive, Lindyhop and Ballroom, with additional dancers making up the sizeable cast brought in from Kingston Swing and Armstrong Social Club’s sequence dancers.
Performances take place in Paragon Interchange at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm.
The Way We Were is a three year project. After this year’s production in Hull, Tenfoot Dance Company intend to perform the piece in five UK cities simultaneously in 2017 and, in 2018, across Europe.
Tenfoot Dance Company is currently inviting sponsorship in order to realise a host of future projects.
To contact the company and for updates and further information on The Way We Were visit the website www.tenfootdancecompany.com or follow the company on twitter @TheWayWeWereull