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Graduate dance company brings superheroes and villains to the stage

UNIT dance company Wednesday 10 June 2015

A new dance company formed by Liverpool Hope University graduates and whose latest work is inspired by comic strips is set to bring its innovative style of choreography on tour to the North West and Wales this Summer.

The Cornerstone Graduate Dance Company - named after the building at Liverpool Hope University where its members studied dance – is made up of Sophie Taylor, Cerian Emma Young, Tarna Davies, Danielle Quinn and Adam MacCreedy. The company formed in their final year of studies, and all five members are set to graduate this July. 

Their first tour, UNIT, which is inspired by the superheroes and villains of comic strips, consists of a collection of interlocking solos, duets and group pieces all centred around the exploration of relationships, with comical, farcical and exaggerated characteristics. It weaves together contemporary, postmodern, physical theatre and pedestrian movement. 

The company have been preparing for the tour by holding daily training sessions, working with visiting professionals and facilitators and workshopping the design, costume, lighting, photography and sound of the show.

The UNIT tour will see them bring their unique style to schools, youth clubs and theatres throughout the North-West and Wales, starting on Monday 15th June with a ‘hometown’ show at The Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus on Shaw Street (7.30pm start).The tour finishes on the June 27th at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth.

The company offers workshops and discussion materials alongside original performance material which is adaptable for different stage spaces and schools.

Declan Patrick, Lecturer in Dance at Liverpool Hope University said: “A big part of the dance course at Liverpool Hope is about giving our students the skills to develop their careers doing what they love. The Cornerstone Graduate Dance Company have used their initiative to take their own new devised material, out to audiences – they are a dynamic group of dancers and together they are becoming a creative force in choreography.”

Adam MacCreedy said: "We are all very pleased to have been given this fantastic opportunity to be part of the company. We're excited to tour the work we have created, giving performances and workshops within the community." 

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June

Monday 15th: Capstone Theatre, 7:30pm

Tuesday 16th: Wallasey School, 3:30pm

Wednesday 17th: Wirral Youth Theatre workshop, 7:30pm 

Thursday 18th: Wigan Youth Zone workshop, 8:00pm 

Saturday 20th: Asylum Link 7:00pm

Tuesday 23rd: Oldham Radcliff School 3:00pm 

Friday 26th: Centre for Alternative Technology Performance: 11:45 

Saturday 27th: Dragon Theatre workshop: 3-5 performance: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

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