Spectacular dance show to dazzle Grantham Gravity Fields Festival

Chantry Dance Company, Chasing the Eclipse.
Chantry Dance Company, Chasing the Eclipse.
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A spectacular dance and light show is set to dazzle crowds at the Gravity Fields festival this month.

Grantham’s very own Chantry Dance Company, in partnership with Rosa Productions, will put on five performances of their production called Chasing the Eclipse at the second Gravity Fields festival which takes place from September 24 to 28.

The performance will take place in the Market Place and feature Dominic North, a talented young dancer of the Matthew Bourne Company, and Rae Piper in the the principal roles. Rae runs the company with husband Paul Chantry, who has choreographed Chasing the Eclipse.

Rae descibes Dominic as a “ballet superstar” and says: “He is coming to Grantham especially to do this which is great for the town and for us. He wanted to dance Paul’s choreography and I am delighted to get to partner him.”

The show promises plenty of special effects all made possible by cutting edge software. The cast of six dancers will also include a few from Italy and one from France.

Rae has come up with the concept for the show which tells the story of Lumen (Dominic) and Scura (Rae), who as the son of light and the daughter of darkness, cannot be together except during an eclipse and so the quest begins to bring them together.

A new score has been written for the 25-minute performance by Tim Mountain and there are eye-catching costumes by Zoe Squire. Joe Stathers-Tracy is in charge of design and a video projection.

Rae said: “The score is bold and the costumes are epic with big, bold designs. We are excited about the quality of the dancers. Dominic is one of the top contemporary dancers in the country and we have a highly skilled international cast.”

The performances of Chasing the Eclipse, which are free to see, will take place at 7.45pm and 9pm on Thursday, September 25, and at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.15pm on Saturday, September 27.