Creative dance piece stars local performers

Vida at the Guildhall will mix contemporary dance with flamenco. It stars children and adults from across the Grantham area.
Vida at the Guildhall will mix contemporary dance with flamenco. It stars children and adults from across the Grantham area.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN and adults from the Grantham area will star in an energetic dance production at the Guildhall tomorrow (Saturday).

‘Vida’ - meaning life - is a new dance piece created by Caythorpe-based choreographer and dancer Diane Pickard, of Fiesta Flamenco, along with Nikki Mclusky, of Lincoln-based FreeSpirit Dance Company.

It is inspired by the Mexican festival el Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead - an ancient ritual to remember dead relatives.

Performers have been rehearsing for their big stage show since September, and although it has been difficult to combine the three different groups, Diane is confident the “enormous jigsaw” will be fabulous.

Diane and Nikki feel the project has grown beyond their expectations.

Nikki said: “We wanted to tell a story, rather than present a series of unconnected dances, and we also knew that we wanted to include as many people as possible.

“A project like this is about bringing communities together and strengthening relationships.

“For some it will be another chance to perform to an audience. For others, it will be their first time on stage but for everyone, it will be an opportunity to bring their passion for dance to the stage in spectacular style.”

The flamenco and contemporary styles associated with the two dance companies have been merged in a way which will give the piece movement and depth. FreeSpirit’s contemporary dancers will represent the souls while flamenco’s energy and colour will represent the living.

The idea has become an annual touring project with performance opportunities for anyone who wants to take part.

Diane said: “We hope that a project like this will encourage more people to access the arts, particularly dance, as it can have a lasting and transforming effect on many aspects of people’s lives.

“Vida has developed from a genuine desire to offer performance opportunities to those that might otherwise have never considered it a possibility and that’s why we agreed, from the outset, that participants should not have to pay to take part.

“We are very grateful for all the support from local businesses and especially to the Guildhall Arts Centre for hosting the performances.”

Vida will take to the stage tomorrow at 2pm and again at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 (£7). To book, call the box office on 01476 406158 or visit