Henwives Tales is a production company lead by BBC award winning singer songwriter Lucy Ward and critically acclaimed choreographer Deborah Norris. Their work intertwines folk and ballet; creating enchanting experiences for main stages, pop-up performances and outreach programmes. Read on to find out more about their debut piece of work...
THE SISTERS of elva hill, IS A NEW BALLET BASED ON THE TRADITIONAL FOLK STORY 'THE TWO PRINCESSES'.
THIS NEW, ORIGINAL AND COLLABORATIVE WORK BY LUCY WARD AND CONTEMPORARY BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER DEBORAH NORRIS EXPLORES THE ENCHANTING THEMES OF FAMILY, LOVE, MAGIC AND TRIUMPH BY HARNESSING THE NATURAL ESSENCE OF STORY TELLING THROUGH FOLK MUSIC, AND THE FAIRYTALE/SURREALIST BASED ORIGINS OF BALLET.
EXPLORE THIS PAGE TO SEE OUR CREATIVE PROCESS UNFOLD AND FOLLOW US AS WE BRING THIS UNIQUE AND EXCITING COLLABORATION TO LIFE...
the first rehearsal
Five creatives came together in a rehearsal studio at edge hill university to lay out the foundations of our new ballet. We each found we were inspired by watching the other practitioners work, the music responding to the Dancers subtleties, the dancers drawing on the ballardic narrative woven by the musicians. We found the strength of our work was not just n the story telling but in the immersive combination of two seemingly polar art forms interweaving.
“Amazing! beautiful to listen to and to watch”
— fROOTS review of our performance at the Women In Folk Conference 2018