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Lynne Page rehearses new moves with Royal Ballet artists Francisco Seranno & Leticia Dias for Wingspan (photo: Lynne Page).

Catch her in Rye

What do Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel have in common with Elbow? Lynne Page has put together an exquisite cast of performers for some specially produced dance theatre, entitled ‘Wingspan,’ to be held at Bridgepoint, the new creative arts complex in Rye, celebrating the tenacity of the human spirit in this extraordinary time. The music is an inspired combination of Shostakovich, Debussy, Ravel and Elbow, writes Chris Cormack.

Katie Brayben

Four members of the Royal Ballet will dance live in new pieces specially choreographed by Lynne Page and accompanied by Royal Opera House orchestra members, together with other top-class players from London’s West End.

These talented professionals will be joined by Gareth Mole and Julie Ann Minaai. Katie Brayben, Olivier award-winning star of he Carole King Musical and King Charles III in the West End, will also be performing.

Lynne has not only created new choreography for these exceptional artists, but also a live theatre experience which makes it fun, strange and just a little bit theatrical to conform with Covid-19 regulations.

Julie Ann Minaai (photo:

The 130 person socially distanced audience are given super stylish transparent visors, and will be escorted to their seats by very entertaining physically-distancing wardens. It will be an intimate evening of exceptional quality in a safe and exciting new space.

The six person rule does not affect performances at Bridgepoint, a Covid secure venue, following the safety and hygiene measures set out by the government in its performing arts guidance.

Wingspan by Lynne Page at Bridgepoint, Rock Channel, Rye, TN31 7DG

Tickets Running time: 60 minutes, no interval

Saturday 26 September
2.30pm Matinee: £120 per table (up to two people per table i.e. £60 each)
7.30pm Evening Gala: £200 per table (up to 2 people per table i.e. £100 each)
Includes refreshments and a post performance meeting (compliant with social distancing rules) with the performers, artists, musicians and Lynne Page herself.

Sunday 27 September
2.30pm Matinee: £120 per table (up to two people per table i.e. £60 each)

Covid-19 Safety Information

• visors supplied by the venue for all members of the audience
• Track and trace system
• Staggered audience arrival
• Choreographed and escorted flow of audience to their seats
• No interval
• Anti-microbial dance floor supplied by Harlequin Floors
• Fogging of venue before and after each performance
• Hand sanitiser stations at strategic points
• Large entrance and exit points
• Portacabin loos with social distancing control

The audience are asked to support these safety and hygiene measures. Children should be supervised and also follow social distancing guidelines. Importantly, any person with symptoms of Covid-19 or who have been advised to self-isolate should not attend the performance.

Posted 20:28 Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 In: Performance

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