Young people perform a poetry-inspired dance show for Warwick audience

Warwickshire Poet Laureate Lauren Parsons performs in Warwick town centre.
Warwickshire Poet Laureate Lauren Parsons performs in Warwick town centre.

An internationally-known dance company based in Leamington has worked with young people to create a poetry-inspired performance for more than 100 people in Warwick.

The Dance recital, inspired by The Panther, a poem by Bohemian-Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke, was performed by youngsters from across Warwickshire in association with the Spencer Yard-based Motionhouse dance company - whose artistic director choreographed the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympics - in Warwick town centre.

Motionhouse had worked with the young people for just under a week to come up with the Fusion15 performance, which was followed by a performance by the professional dancers in the company.

The event was opened by Warwickshire’s Young Poet Laureate Lauren Parsons, who had written a poem entitled Captive, inspired by Rilke’s The Panther. Lauren said: “I’ve loved playing a small part in the project and helping the dancers to investigate their chosen theme of ‘Captive’ through poetry. I think feeling trapped is something that we can all relate to in some shape or form, and so the dance was wonderful to watch as well as very inspiring.”

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The Fusion15 programme was run by Motionhouse with a grant from the King Henry VIII Endowment Fund and support from Warwickshire Libraries, which provided poetry books to inspire the young dancers taking part.