DANCE EXPOSED: Maiden Voyage Dance collaborate with Hard Rain Ensemble

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Maiden Voyage‘s enthusiasm for collaborative projects with key artistic partners led us in autumn 2019 to a dance and music event with Belfast’s incredible Hard Rain Ensemble. Four exquisite dancers from Maiden Voyage explored and performed interpretations of Steve Reich‘s mesmerising Double Sextet and Greg Caffrey‘s solo work for vibraphone, Deluge, Fugue & Allegro.

We very much look forward to collaborating with Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble in the future.

Audience Feedback:

It brought together a more diverse audience. I loved the fact the dancers created the choreography because I learned about how they listen to music. I enjoyed the energy that the choreography brought to the music.

Amazing connections! Loved how they worked so intimately together. Fantastic repetitions, so fluid and free. Amazing dancers. Climax went on forever, couldn’t breathe, held my breath and smile forever. Definitely a standing ovation. Best ever I’ve seen of Maiden Voyage.

It was a fabulous connection of music and dance, sound and movement. Breathtaking. Totally wow.

Multi-dimensional, exhilarating, the dancers picked out the patterns, motifs and repetitive ideas of the music which enhanced our listening. It was lovely to see an equality on stage between dance and music; we don’t see this enough. Loved it.

Real powerful energy and hyper technical. Ace.

I loved it! It was pretty to see and feel the music through the dancer’s bodies. Live music always inspiring.

An outstanding immersive fusion of music and dance. Both pieces engaged, the Reich piece was thrilling!

Incredible performance, dancing added a lot to the music. Would definitely recommend and would love to see something similar in future.

OMG that was absolutely amazing. I have never witnessed such live art and beauty. It has enlightened all of my senses. I feel unbelievably vibrant after that session. The musicians were incredible and the dancers OMG so alive, so expressive, so flexible, such grace and elegance with strength and ferocity too. It told an amazing story and I can’t believe the hour and a half flew by so quickly. The lifts were incredible, the timings awesome. Such expertise of dance and movement in a small space. Absolutely incredible. First time in SARC. Loved it all. Thank you all so much for a pleasant evening. Well done to everyone involved. Be very proud of yourselves.

The event was supported by Belfast City Council.