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Contemporary Ballet inspired by Hans Christian Anderson Tale

Chantry Dance Company’s professional choreographers Rae Piper and Paul Chantry, who have already been involved in bringing a hugely popular show to life at Horsham’s Capitol Theatre.

Piper and Chantry are the choreographers of David Walliams’ Award-winning ‘Gangsta Granny’, which premiered at The Capitol in 2015, before touring the UK and playing at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. They are also known as the choreographers of the ‘Horrible Histories’ stage shows, as well as choreographing at international Opera and Dance houses such as Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House.

The pair’s new, innovative full-length dance show, ‘THE SANDMAN’ is a fabulous, original full-length contemporary ballet, in which The Sandman brings sleep by dropping sand into the eyes of humans and uses a magical rainbow umbrella to impart good dreams, or a dark umbrella to send nightmares.

Follow the story of a woman who is desperate to bring good dreams to her ailing husband – so desperate that she is willing to follow the Sandman into the DreamWorld to steal the dream umbrellas. There, she meets many bizarre and entertaining characters, including the timid Monster-under-the-Bed, the Puppet who yearns for freedom from his strings, the Unformed Dreams, and of course, The Sandman himself.

The woman steals the dream umbrellas and returns to the real world, where she gives beautiful, magical dreams to her husband and others with the rainbow umbrella.

But what will happen if the umbrellas get mixed up? You’ll have to wait and see…

‘THE SANDMAN’ is a contemporary ballet inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson tale of Ole Lukøje and features an original score by composer, Tim Mountain.

Chantry’s tour is performed by highly skilled international ballet and contemporary dancers, and provides a great evening of entertainment. After seeing the performance, singer and TV presenter, Simon Butteriss, enthused: “…hugely impressive event last night – amazing”.

Butteriss is one of many to be enchanted by The Sandman. Following the start of its tour, the show has received fantastic audience feedback:

“Couldn’t believe our eyes….seamless visual spectacle…the amazing choreography with its endless surprises made us all stop in our tracks.”

“Just watched the Chantry Dance Company sell out first performance of ‘The Sandman’. Wow! Absolutely fantastic! Brilliant performance by all involved. Now touring the U.K, get your tickets people you won’t be disappointed.”

To find out more about Chantry Dance Company, please visit: www.chantrydancecompany.org

Performance: Friday 6 October at 7.30pm, Capitol Theatre. Tickets available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via The Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220

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