Dance group’s celebration of a disappearing way of life

Ours Was the Fen Country, dancer Dan Canham
Ours Was the Fen Country, dancer Dan Canham
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Ours Was the Fen Country, Pomegranate Theatre

The fading traditional rural way of life in East Anglia’s Fens is reflected through dance on stage in Chesterfield.

Celebrated performer Dan Canham spent two years speaking to those who live and work in the unique landscape.

Dance4 now presents the production that those conversations inspired tomorrow night.

Paul Russ, chief executive of Dance4, said: “Dan is an original talent who has a fascinating way of relating views of real people that reflect the challenges that unavoidable change presents to them and their way of life. It is a theme I feel will resonate with many people and Dance4 is delighted to be able to present this production to audiences across the East Midlands.”

Dance4, based in Nottingham, commissions, produces and presents extraordinary dance performances across the region.

It encourages people of all backgrounds to enjoy dance.

Ours was the Fen Country fuses movement and sound with the words and memories of the eel-catchers, horse breeders and young farmers sought out by Dan in his ambition to get to the heart of the Fens.

The Fen people live in a landscape which is literally disappearing as the sea reclaims the soil.

Dan takes a poetic look at the disappearing community faced with the inevitability of change.

The end product is described as an exhilarating piece of dance theatre which captures the beauty,bleakness and mystery of this expanse of flat land.

For tickets, go to www.pomegranatetheatre.co.uk. The show is unsuitable for under-12s.