Free Landance performances in Swanage open for bookings

TWO special contemporary dance performances are set to take place in Swanage next month – including an accessible show.

At dusk on Wednesday and Thursday, September 6 and 7, Landance will present two open-air, contemporary performances, leading the audience from Swanage Downs to the ampitheatre.

Featuring professional and emerging young dancers, the performances aim to create ‘a memorable and inspiring experience through uplifting dance, music and lighting as darkness descends’.

Artistic director of Landance CIC, Ella Huhne, picked Swanage Bay as this year’s Landance location, inspired by the fluidity of light and water in this beautiful landscape.

While both evenings’ performances are promenade events, walking at a slow pace, Thursday evening’s performance is designed to be an accessible, full event.

With the previous night’s promenade performance across the Downs having been filmed, this will be projected at the Amphitheatre for wheelchair users and less mobile members of the audience at the same time as the live Thursday promenade performance is taking place on the Downs.

There will be a short interval for the amphitheatre audience only then the performers and promenade audience will arrive from the Downs to join the Amphitheatre audience for the final part of the performance.

Accessible parking spaces can be reserved. Tickets for those and for the performances are free, but booking is strongly recommended, especially for the accessible performance which has more limited spaces. See for details or find Landance on Facebook and Instagram.

Landance is a community interest company, animating outdoor spaces with engaging and atmospheric live dance performances.

Leading up to the performances, young people in the area have been taking part in inclusive workshops led by professional dancers, at Swanage Library, schools and groups Remix and Allsort’d.

Landance in Swanage 2023 is supported by Arts Council England, Dorset Library Service, Dorset Council, Dorset Community Foundation, Dorset Performing Arts Fund, with in kind from the Mowlem Theatre, Diverse City via ‘One stop shop’, Swanage Town Council, Remix & Allsort’d.

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