Review: MOKO Mix double bill, MOKO Dance, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

MOKO Mix launched with a double bill of world premieres

MOKO Mix launched with a double bill of world premieres - Credit: Contributed

The new national dance partnership launched with two world premieres; Tamsin Fitzgerald’s The Rock and Christopher Marney’s The Suitcase Story.

The first is a thrilling tale which sees a mysterious map lead a group of friends into a thrilling, magical, sometimes slightly scary escapade that sees their secrets spring to life.

It’s an energetic and creative adventure, with the talented dancers making great use of the space and solitary piece of set.

The second is a poignant, ultimately uplifting story of a little girl who seeks shelter from her home and school woes in a magical suitcase and an imaginary friend only she can see.

Funny and cleverly choreographed, the story is a little easier to follow than the first; dealing with issues people of all ages can relate too.


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MOKO Dance is led by DanceEast, bringing together Dance City, Lakeside Arts Centre, Pavilion Dance South West, Sadler’s Wells, South East Dance and Theatre Bristol. Its aim is to introduce youngsters and their families to dance.

Both shows are ideal for ages seven up; long enough to entertain but not too long to put off fidgety children; and there are fun activities during the interval to enjoy.

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There are performances at 11am and 2pm tomorrow.

WAYNE SAVAGE

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