Sunderland’s marvellous dance tour inspiring children to read

Sunderland Road Dahl Dance

The books of Roald Dahl hold a special place in many people’s lives, with their distinctive descriptive style and the unforgettable images by Sir Quentin Blake, but a new generation are set to enjoy the works as they are being used to inspire school children to read. 

Whizzpopping Stories is an original dance production created by University of Sunderland students and influenced by three of Dahl’s best-loved works - The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In a colourful and eclectic show the student’s will bring to life his work through incredible costumes, sets, and dance styles. The Dance University of Sunderland Company (DUSC) are set to tour the region’s primary schools, beginning in January 2015.

Members of the public can also enjoy the production when the troop comes to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland, on November 20 at 6:30pm. The free performance in the central square is designed to provide a taste of the upcoming eight week tour.

Rachel Emms-Hobbins, Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts, helped the students create and choreograph the dance.

She said: “There are no dull moments in Roald Dahl’s books – there’s always lots going on, funny bits, tricks and surprises. Schools will enjoy something very similar in Whizzpopping Stories - 50 minutes of vibrant dance performance using spoken word, costume, props, music, recorded narration and books.

“It is an interactive experience, the chance to learn a little more about Roald Dahl and also see some characters they know come to life. The schools will also have two short workshops based on one or two of the stories, therefore the children will learn how to take a story and bring it to life using their bodies and imaginations.”

The production is assessed work, part of the student’s academic module at the University of Sunderland. Alongside their performance commitments they are required to develop transferable skills such as time management and communications by taking up roles such as promotion and marketing.

Students are encouraged to learn these skills as they reflect how they will be working in the dance industry in their future careers; improving employability skills by developing abilities that are relevant within the arts – skills which are transferable across other graduate careers.

Any schools interested in the DUSC dance tour can find out more information by emailing rachel.emms-hobbins@sunderland.ac.uk

Share this

Did you know?

Sunderland Airshow celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to enjoy magnificent flying displays and activities on the ground.

Twitter

RT : Look at this! The first book in the Magic Misfits series, read by none other than the author, the awesome… https://t.co/WdqKeKDztA 4 days 1 hour ago
RT : Something for the weekend? From top comedians to seeing world class music acts for free, here's 10 top things to d… https://t.co/u8xifSm8TX 4 days 1 hour ago
We had a sneaky preview visit to the yesterday and wow! So much hard work taking place and it's looking… https://t.co/oXangUZWk1 4 days 4 hours ago
RT : can you believe it has been a week since our swashbuckling Peter Pan l… https://t.co/U20gSuSeOf 4 days 5 hours ago
Ted loved his visit to so much he didn't want to leave. He stayed on a few days longer than intende… https://t.co/vSEw27JnKj 4 days 6 hours ago
RT : Even the weather was great!!! ☀️😎 https://t.co/qGcjlnyV7h 4 days 23 hours ago
How good does this look! Great stuff we don't want the summer to end either but this i… https://t.co/05L5LZKYA2 4 days 23 hours ago
RT : The council brought in over £98m of external funding last year. Faced with continued Govt cuts members and officers… https://t.co/Xh8MToDcmT 5 days 9 min ago
RT : You've only got until tomorrow morning to catch the fantastic work created by our Set the Sails groups at… https://t.co/hWb6nwaw9z 5 days 3 hours ago
RT : Ahoy there! Decorate your own yacht this summer at . Use a range of craft materials to personal… https://t.co/6wKbR4ggzw 5 days 3 hours ago
RT : Have you seen this little gem of a gallery in Frederick Street yet? Artist Ken Devine moved back to his home city… https://t.co/xqDMN2DUdC 5 days 4 hours ago
It all looks a bit fishy to us !! Terrible puns aside - we think these are fa… https://t.co/7ND2pXyvRc 5 days 5 hours ago
Mr Blue Sky is living here today, hey hey! We think the weather knows that the fabulous ELO Experience are playing… https://t.co/nurbE1Q4sS 5 days 5 hours ago
Hey we think this looks like great fun! https://t.co/gQYUweu2kU 5 days 6 hours ago
What a great selection of fun family activities this summer! https://t.co/k71ieYGk0N 5 days 7 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter