26/07/2021 Robby

REACH #MetroTakeover

Our first live performances in 18 months! REACH is co-commissioned by Nexus and Dance City and will be performed by 14 emerging dance artists that are part of the postgraduate company, The Collective, based at Dance City. 

Through the medium of  dance, REACH brings home a sense of reconnecting and of hope through adversity after the pandemic. In a community-sourced narrative written by Lee Mattinson, it examines the possibilities and the optimism of re-connecting once again as the country emerges from lockdown, culminating in a celebration of the things that connect us and will support our recovery, through friends, family, community and reconnection.

REACH will be performed at three Metro stations: 

•    Wednesday August 4 Park Lane in Sunderland – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
•    Thursday August 5 Tynemouth Metro station in North Tyneside – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
•    Friday August 6 Central Station Metro concourse in Newcastle – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We will be turning Metro into a platform for community arts and live performances by creative people from across North East England over the coming year.

“We are launching this Metro Takeover with a little piece of history by welcoming Southpaw Dance Company as the first professional dance group to perform at our stations in more than 40 years.

“From next month, with the support of cultural partners and Arts Council England, we will be promoting opportunities for communities to join new visual and performing arts projects with Metro providing a reach to new audiences. Creative arts and the barriers it breaks down are a great way to help people reconnect with Metro in their everyday lives.”

DanceCity Sunderland. Picture by Tom Banks