Trinity Laban dance alumnus teams with Poet Laureate on Rapunzel

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Trinity Laban dance alumnus Liv Lorent is benefitting from the first tranche of money from a £600,000 grant for new work won by Sadler's Wells, in a new dance theatre production created and produced byballetLORENT.

The Newcastle based choreographer and artistic director of balletLORENT has developed a dance theatre work based on a new version of the classic fairy story Rapunzel written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who has returned to the sinister original version of the story by the Brothers Grimm. The work is narrated by actress Lesley Sharp.

Rapunzel features a cast of young people and toddlers from the age 2-16yrs on stage alongside eight ofballetLORENT's professional dancers.  The work is inspired by the dark tale's central themes; a woman's longing for a child, promises and deceit, sexual jealousy, loyalty, loneliness, vengeance and redemption. The work premiered at Durham Gala Theatre in association with Durham Book Festival in October 2012, and will run at Sadler's Wells next March as part of a national touring programme. 

"It promises to be the next Matilda, the must-get ticket for kids with standards"

The Times

Liv graduated from Trinity Laban (formerly the Laban Centre) in 1993. The Scotsman described Liv as"…born to choreograph. Every move she creates, every piece of music she selects, is handed to the audience like a precious gift."

Liv established balletLORENT in 1993 and represented the UK in the Deuxiéme Rencontres Choréographiques Internationale. She became an Associate Artist at the Place Theatre in London, before relocating to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996, becoming resident choreographer at Dance City. Liv has received many awards for her works including the Jerwood Choreography Award 2001, the Arts Foundation Choreography Award 2005 and Artist of The Year at the 2008 Journal Culture Awards.

The Sadler's Wells grant was made by The Monument Trust, a Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust. The news follows critical acclaim and sell-out performances of recent Sadler's Wells Commissions in Autumn 2011, including the Sadler's Wells Production UNDANCE; a collaboration between Mark-Anthony Turnage, Wayne McGregor and Mark Wallinger, plus Olivier-nominated ZooNation's Some Like it Hip Hop and Olivier-winning Akram Khan's DESH.

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