Bridport Youth Dance’s production Our Time Is Now explores the concept of time. Two time travellers Persephone (played by Rosie Hyde) and Ethan Travelle (Rory Armstrong) shift through time from a new beginning to a new earth.
The dancers move through the creation of the world to the present day. To the breathtaking beauty of our world and its gift of nature to the chaos of war, displacement, and the many ecological disasters taking place today.
Finally, Persephone and Ethan travel to a world where harmony and working together is the answer. Our Time Is Now is a reminder that there is no planet B . That now is our time and our younger generations are the future and need to be listened to.
The concept of light and dark and the Greek myth of Persephone, who is taken by Hades into the underworld, create a through line in the show. Of course without darkness there is no light and Hades (performed by Reuben Squirrel) the god of the underworld reminds us of this. But, of course there are always chinks for the light to pass through and even the darkest of souls can be transformed when they open their eyes to the light.
These local talented dancers are a true credit to Bridport. For many of them dance is their passion, their driving force. They are devoted and committed young people who have every chance of changing even saving our world, if we are lucky. They all deserve a bright future.
My inspiration as director of Bridport Youth Dance’s production of Our Time is Now are people, books, conversations, images and words that jump out at me in the street , in my dream world, in any moment. It is about my feelings, my heart and my soul. Through dance I open it all to you, the audience and take what you will because for each and every one of you it will be something different.
Nikki Northover Artistic director – Bridport Youth Dance
This is Bridport Youth Dance’s 15th annual performance and features over ninety dancers from Bridport Youth Dance, Bridport Boys Dance together with Rob Bailey, Emily Carr and Julio Guarita from the Bridport Dance adult programme and guest appearances by former BYD dancers Harry Poole, Emily Meech, Rebecca Whaley, Marina Renee Cemmick and Julio Guarita.
Our Time Is Now is a brand new production with choreography by Nikki Northover, Aimee Symes, Luke Robson, Luke Brown and Bec Ayles as well as original music by composers Rob Lee, Matt Benjamin, Jack Harrison Barlow, Georgia Collins and Andrew Dickson.
The production is supported by West Dorset District Council, Bridport Town Council, Opera Circus, Heritage Lottery Fund, Vicary and Co., Abacus Surveying and Nantes solicitors.
Watch ‘Wolves’ and ‘Pedestrians’ from last years production Out Of The Woods
and see a sneak peek of ‘Choreography of Revalation’ from this years show …
For more information about the company visit the Bridport Youth Dance website here: www.bridportyouthdance.org.uk
Photography by Brendan Buesnel and Peter Dibdin