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Press Releases > The Unfolding Sky: Turner In The North: A Tribute in Music and Dance at The Bowes Museum
The grounds of The Bowes Museum will play host to a vibrant performance of music and dance this summer.
The Unfolding Sky: Turner in the North is an innovative reinterpretation of the North East countryside originally captured on canvas by the great English landscape painter, J M W Turner.
A collaboration between choreographer Dora Frankel and composer Peter Coyte, the show is performed in the open air by three dancers, accompanied by Coyte’s original musical score, capturing all that is best and most exciting in the region’s landscape.
The performance takes place in the Museum grounds on Friday 14 June at 7.00pm. The choreography and dancing are described as ‘broad, sweeping, physically exhilarating and highly musical’, with the explosive arrival of the dancers in flamboyant costumes creating the sense of bringing Turner’s paintings alive in this unusual and unique celebration of the artist, and of the landscape that inspired him.
This family friendly event, supported by funding from the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership, is free of charge and is suitable for all age groups. Refreshments will be available, although people are welcome to bring their own picnics and portable chairs if desired. Appropriate clothing should also be worn as the performance will only be cancelled if there is torrential rain!
The Unfolding Sky: Turner in the North is produced in partnership with Dance City and is part of the Festival of the North East 2013. It will tour to other venues in the region including Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Tynemouth Priory, Warkworth Castle, Dance City and Bede’s World, but best to check beforehand whether there is a charge at your chosen venue.
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The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
• Dora Frankel Dance works works collaboratively, creating and performing high quality, innovative contemporary works from exceptional choreographers alongside an extensive participation programme. It performs in unusual settings as well as theatres, reaching a broad audience.
• Dora Frankel trained at Rambert School of Ballet and The Benesh Institute of Choreology and has worked for (then) Ballet Rambert, American Ballet Theatre and extensively in Scandinavia, notably for The Royal Swedish Ballet, Malmo Ballet, Osterbotten’s Regional Theatre, Finland and Angereds Gymnasium, Gothenburg where she designed and led the dance department before forming Dora Frankel Dance based in Dance City, Newcastle.
• She has created a large number of works in a variety of genres including site specific works such as Centre Point, Gothenburg and One Small Step/One More Step, Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee to solo touring pieces such as Harlequins Day and Resan (The Journey). Her choreography credits for Dora Frankel Dance include Tyne and Motion Trilogy, Different Spaces/Different Sounds and Bitter, Sweet and Dark. Her theatre credits include Mio My Mio, choreography, performance and fight direction Vaasa Finland, The Tempest choreography, movement and fights KG Productions and Customs House and The Wind in the Willows for Northern Stage. Teaching credits include Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Leeds and York St John University York.
• She mentors and facilitates extensively and has a Choreographers Award from Gothenburg Town (1994) and an MA Choreography and Cultural Scholarship from Middlesex University (2001).
• Peter Coyte is a composer and sound artist producing work for theatre, film, installations and dance. Theatre credits include Macbeth), No Wise Men, Spyski! and All in The Timing (Peepolykus) and Throat, Philomena’s Feast, Night and Day/Spike Islands, Rope, Loser and Drowning Not Waving (Company FZ/John-Paul Zaccarini).
• Film soundtracks include Sea Point Days, The Mothers’ House and When The War is Over directed by Francois Verster, Fun directed by Rafal Zielinski and John Aldus – The Spirit of The Place by Nadia Haggar. Dance credits include work with Dora Frankel Dance Company, The Generating Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Gravity and Levity, Susan Lewis, Kirsty Little and Wrongsize. He is a member of the experimental improvising ensemble Automatic Writing Circle and has recorded two albums with poet/writer Salena Godden.
THE BOWES MUSEUM
• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.00, Concessions £8.00, Six Month Pass £12.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.15, Concessions £7.25, Six Month Pass £10.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk