From 1pm FREE
Come dancing on August Bank Holiday weekend
A young couple’s lush and joyful picnic is disrupted by the quirks and pitfalls of their relationship, in a free performance by dance theatre company Etta Ermini. The show is part of Journey’s Dance Festival, a new event featuring shows, performances and dance ‘happenings’ in Rye, Bexhill and Hastings on August Bank Holiday weekend.
Journeys kicks-off with Etta Ermini’s free performance of ‘The Picnic’ outside the Cinque Ports Pub near Rye Station on Saturday 23rd August at 1pm. The dancers start with a 10 minute ‘taster’ show in Bexhill at midday and remain in character as they travel by train to Rye, where they will perform a full 35minute show.
The Picnic by Etta Ermini
On Sunday at 1pm, the festival gets interactive with free Live Jive at the Stade in Hastings (part of the Stade Saturdays programme, despite being on a Sunday!), featuring fabulous live music from The Jive Aces (Britain’s Got Talent), world class dance instructors from the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association and live dancing from the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, who will also lead a dance workshop for beginners and experienced lovers of jive.
‘Audiences can come along and jive’, says Esther Fox, a producer of Live Jive. ‘Whether they are beginners or experienced dancers, wheelchair users or standing partners, the jive is a fun, fast and feel-good dance for everyone.’
The Jive Aces
If your feet can take more (or if you just enjoy good live music), head over to the Terrace at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion on Bank Holiday Monday (25th August) at 1pm for Tango Unlimited. Another completely free event, featuring live Argentine Tango from the Corina Piatti Trio and highly respected Kiju Tango DJ, Kirsty Bennett, plus free tango performance and tuition from the Ragroof Players. The event is an opportunity to experience the passion and magic of one of the world’s best-loved dances.
Mandy Curtis, of local event production company, 18 Hours Events and Education, says ‘We have been supported by Arts Council England, local councils and a variety of community organisations to put on a free, fun event that explores a variety of dance forms, reaches existing dancers and targets new audiences, inspiring an interest in dance across Hastings and Rother.’