The Seafarers (2018, 2015, Outdoor)
The Seafarers is a large-scale outdoor dance production, involving Stopgap dancers and members of the local community, to bring to life the vivid music of acclaimed contemporary-folk band Moulettes.
The Seafarers celebrates our relationship with the sea and the journeys we make across it. Part gig, part spectacle, the 50-strong cast travel to and from distant lands with Great Yarmouth seafront as the backdrop.
The production was initially choreographed in 2015, and is being re-staged in 2018 with new school groups and cast. Performances can be seen at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival on Saturday 26 May 2018 (7.00pm) and Sunday 27 May 2018 (3.00pm).
Funded by Spirit of 2012 and The D’oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Original production commissioned and co-produced by Portsmouth Festivities in 2015 with support from Arts Council England. Norfolk performances supported by Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Project Partners: DanceEast and The Garage.
Click here to see the impact the original production had on the local community.
2018 Production Credits:
Artistic Director & Choreography: Lucy Bennett
Assistant Choreographer: Siobhan Hayes
Executive Producer: Sho Shibata
Project Producer: Charlotte Mackie
Stopgap Dancers: to be confirmed
Community Groups: Caister Academy; Dancing Dimensions; The Garage D4Dance Group; John Grant School and Parkside School
Community Dance Teachers and Assistants: Caroline Acres; Katy Dunne; Xenoula Eleftheriades; Alysha Hudson; Tommy Norris; Abby Page and Anna Rowe
Theatre Design: Anna Jones (Curious Space)
Music by: Moulettes
Original 2015 Production Only:
Co-Executive Producer: Samantha Worsey (Portsmouth Festivities)
Project Producer: Callum Graham
Stopgap Dancers: Kat Ball, Helen Bendell, Lucy Bennett, Laura Dajao, Siobhan Hayes, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Hannah Sampson, Tomos Young and David Willdridge
Community Groups: Abstract Performing Arts and Highbury College