‘Here and Beyond’ dance piece inspired by River Foyle wildlife

Pupils from Foyle View School,  taking part in rehearsals for the Here & Beyond with Carmel Garvey, a local choreographer. (2305SL51)

Pupils from Foyle View School, taking part in rehearsals for the Here & Beyond with Carmel Garvey, a local choreographer. (2305SL51)

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An innovative stage show entitled ‘Here and Beyond’ will shine a light on the River Foyle and its wildlife at The Venue, Ebrington, on Saturday, June 1.

The dance troupe features 100 local performers who will be complemented by performers from Spain, Scotland and the USA.

There are 100 dancers from St. Cecilia’s College, St. Anne’s Primary School, Foyle View School and Lilliput Theatre Company, as well as members of the community with an interest in dance and the arts cast in ‘Here and Beyond.’

The participants are uniting under the theme of ‘The River Foyle And Wildlife’ so the piece is, said organisers a celebration of the river,its wildlife and the local weather. The cast features both disabled and abled performers. Many of those dancers will be making their stage debut.

“It is a wonderful venue, wonderful and large,” said choreographer Carmel Garvey.

“But they are ready and hopefully everyone will bring their mammy and daddy and we can make it an evening to remember.

“Visiting performers include the Orbit Dance inclusive Dance Company (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust) and Cairnshill Primary School Choir (Belfast); the Indepen-Dance Inclusive Dance Company based in Glasgow and students from the university of Florida.

“Visiting musicians include Derry born Robert Cuthbert (a Consultant at Belfast City Hospital) and Spanish pianist Manuel Lopez Jorge, currently based in London and Brias Monarxdin, also of Spain.”

Carmel added: “It has been a very short turn around time. We’ve been working together for three weeks but the children have been great. It is a great piece.”

The strength of the performance, she argues is in its inclusivity.

“No matter what the disability the young people have been able to participate. It is lovely to have everyone contribute.”

Bringing together the disparate elements to create a glossily professional performance has been a challenge for internationally renowned choreographer and artistic director, Cheryl McChesney who has been supported throughout by local choreographers, Carmel Garvey and Jenny Elliott.