the sisters of elva hill- a folk ballet
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
Musical Director and Composer
Lucy Ward is an enchanting songwriter, with a skill of getting right to the heart of a story. As a perfomrer, her breath taking vocal and unique abilty to inhabit a song has seen her tour all over the world.
Her four studio albums to date have recieved widespread critical acclaim and positioned in the Official Chart. Lucy was named by MOJO magazine ‘Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent’; 'Impressive and original' by The Guardian and 'Impressive' by Billy Bragg.
As well as her own music Lucy has written for tv, theatre and radio. Most notably commissions for 14-18 NOW and the BBC.
A graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, Deborah continued her training at the University College of Ripon and York St John, taking her dissertation research to New York to study the History of Tap Dance. She completed her MA in Dance Studies at De Montfort University, under the supervision of Ramsay Burt. Deborah gained a scholarship to the Jose Limon Institute of Contemporary Dance, in New York (2006)
Deborah is a Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University. As an early career researcher Deborah is a PhD candidate at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is exploring the work of ballet choreographer, Cathy Marston, through a feminist narratological lens. Deborah is a committee member for the Society of Dance Research and a board member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and All England Dance.
Trained in both classical and contemporary music, Helga has composed and performed music for productions ranging from folk and indie music to Shakespeare and family theatre. Helga studied composition at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, as well as contemporary music performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.
Helga composed, arranged and performed the music for 'Ljóti andarunginn' ('The Ugly Duckling') original production by theatre company Leikhópurinn Lotta, which toured all of Iceland in 2017, and recently went to studio with Lucy Ward to record her 4th full length album.