A NEW dance production inspired by folk tales from Dorset, Somerset and Devon is coming to Dorchester.

Off The Map Dance Company presents Folklore on Wednesday September 20 at Dorchester Corn Exchange.

Folklore features original music composed by Ninebarrow (BBC 2 Folk Horizon Award Nominees 2017).

Drawing inspiration from local folk tales, the dance features Dorset’s legendary Ooser in the form of an intriguing mystical creature on the one side and an over-protective sister on the other side. Trapped in limbo between the two is Kitty. Will she follow her heart or do what is right in the eyes of her sister?

Founder of Off The Map, Steve Johnstone, said: “"Set at a crossroads, Folklore is a tale of confronting inner fears and the struggles we go through with ourselves and loved ones.”

This new dance production with original music by folk-duo Ninebarrow entwines three folk stories from across the south west, bringing a new way to pass down old narratives.

Founded in 2007 by Steve Johnstone, and based in the South West and London, Off The Map Dance Company’s core principle is in delivering high quality creative work to regional audiences.

Steve Johnstone is originally from Yeovil in Somerset and began dancing at the age of 15. His training went onto college where he excelled in performing arts. In 2007 he graduated from London Contemporary Dance School. As a professional dancer Steve has and continues to work with world-class companies such as the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne.

Call the box office or Dorchester TIC for tickets or see the Dorchester Arts website dorchesterarts.org.uk


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