Dancers flit­ted across the pond to per­form in city

Sunderland Echo - - The Tall Ships Races 2018 are here -

Dancers from across the pond made a splash in Sun­der­land as they de­liv­ered a spe­cial per­for­mance as part of the Tall Ships Races spec­ta­cle.

A troupe of dancers from Amer­i­can cap­i­tal Wash­ing­ton DC came to Wear­side to stage a se­ries of shows on board Dutch ves­sel Ooster­schelde.

They joined six dance stu­dents from Sun­der­land Col­lege to per­form the piece, called Of Earth, the Sky and the Bound­less Sea, on the quay­side and then be­low deck.

Three pro­fes­sional dancers from DC-based Com­pany E were part of the show, which was de­vised by co-artis­tic di­rec­tor Paul Emer­son.

They per­formed to orig­i­nal songs, com­posed and per­formed by Barry Hyde, the for­mer vo­cal­ist of Sun­der­land punk band The Fu­ture­heads, and four pro­fes­sional folk singers.

Mr Emer­son said: “It was phe­nom­e­nal to be part of this amaz­ing event.”

Barry Hyde of The Fu­ture­heads, cen­tre.

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