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Dance inspired by Thomas Hardy’s novel.

  • 19th September 2021
  • Christchurch

Local dance companies Dorset Youth Dance, The Remix East and COAST Youth Dance Company (PDSW) join forces.

Dancers from Dorset Youth Dance and Movers and Shakers came together during the second UK COVID-19 lockdown to create a short dance film, Tess.

Now, as part of Inside Out Dorset they also join with inclusive performance company The Remix East and COAST Youth Dance Company (PDSW).

The choreography is inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the beautiful Dorset countryside. The piece celebrates creativity, connection and nature.

Watch the original film.

It was created with social distancing measures in place and yet the result is still a moving and passionate dance.

Produced by Activate, created in partnership with Movers & Shakers. Choreographed and directed by Claire Benson and filmed and edited by Dan Tucker.

Thank you to Dorset Council, Ilchester Estates and Reverend Jean for granting permission to film on location. Thank you to Vintage Wild Flowers for giving us permission to use their music.

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