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University dance company is 'In Too Deep'

12 May 2011

Open Space dance company in rehearsals for their forthcoming performances in Londonderry, Newry and Belfast

The University of Ulster’s Open Space dance company is due to take the plunge shortly to showcase its latest cutting edge production entitled ‘In Too Deep’.

A diverse range of topics – from the chaotic world of obsessive compulsive disorder to standing knee deep in the North Sea – will be explored through four intriguing dance pieces.

The company has designed the In Too Deep show to excite, provoke and entertain their audiences during high impact performances scheduled for Londonderry, Newry and Belfast.

Dancers will perform in a collection of four new works, created by final year students and staff.

Open Space is a student led initiative forming part of the BA (Hons) Dance Degree course at Ulster’s School of Creative Arts based at the Magee campus.

Final year students gain invaluable experience by working with a professional company and by sharing the innovative skills which are constantly being developed.

Ryan O’Neill, a former dance student at Ulster, a member of Open Space and a successful professional dancer commented: “Open Space offers students the independence to explore their own interests in the dance profession in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“It provides each individual with the knowledge and skills to become a rounded dance artist, enabling them to leave university with the confidence and openness to carve out a very successful career.”

Sandie Fisher, lecturer in dance at the Magee campus added: “Open Space is a fantastic project which allows us to showcase the hard work, talent and innovation that the dance degree programme produces.

“This year’s company of ten present a fabulous mix of cutting edge choreography and stunning performances which bring the best out of our emerging dance graduates.”

Their first performance will take place at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry on Saturday May 14 at 7.30pm. The Box Office phone number is 028 71264455.

On Thursday May 19 at 7.30pm the company takes to the stage at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry. The Box Office phone number is 028 30313180.

The final performance in on Friday May 20 at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, beginning at 7.30pm.  The Box Office number is 028 90242338.

Tickets for each event are priced at £6 with a £4 concession.

For more information on any of the performances contact Sandie Fisher on or by phoning 028 71375503