Tamsin Fitzgerald, choreographer of The Rock
What is The Rock inspired by?
The Rock is inspired by moments from my childhood. Experiences, friendships, stories, TV programmes and books. It looks at the journeys we make as childrenâ€¦in its essence it is a classic coming of age story.
What was it like developing the story?
The process started with me researching the common links between childrenâ€™s stories whether told to us, watched or read. We then began to explore these ideas with the dancers through movement, giving them life and form. From that, important discussions took place with the production team as to how we could magically illustrate these ideas, how we could transform the space and create this mysterious world where things occurred on stage.
What are your expectations for the audience?
I want the audience to be able to use their imagination and explore the world they enter, to become part of the action so that they go on the journey with the characters.
Christopher Marney, choreographer of The Suitcase Story
What is The Suitcase Story about?
The Suitcase Story is a new tale told through theatrical dance about a little girl, who, like us all in some way, is constantly in transit. Confused and lost amongst bickering parents she finds comfort in a dream world in which she conjures an unusual looking imaginary friend who travels alongside her inside a giant, magical suitcase. Collaborating with designer Fiona-Marie Chivers the characters are clearly defined
and presented as real people set against a larger than life and animated musical backdrop by Danny Elfman.
What are your hopes and audience expectations for The Suitcase Story?
The piece will deal with serious issues that may currently be affecting many young people in the audience, in a sensitive and positive way using emotion and humour through narrative dance. Connecting with young people is the key aim of the piece and The Suitcase Story, providing equal entertainment for adults too, is a great introduction to storytelling though dance.