Tynemouth Priory is backdrop for contemporary dance performance inspired by landscape painter

Tynemouth Priory will serve as an imposing backdrop to an innovative dance show which explores painter JMW Turner’s journey through the north east in the 18th century.

Dora Frankel Dance’s contemporary work, The Unfolding Sky: Turner in the North, is the result of a collaboration between Dora and composer Peter Coyte, and is an outdoor show featuring three dancers.

Unfolding Sky dance rehearsals at Tynemouth Priory with male dancer Luca Rapis and female dancers Sonia Zini (dark hair) and Audrey Rogero (ginger hair).

Unfolding Sky dance rehearsals at Tynemouth Priory with male dancer Luca Rapis and female dancers Sonia Zini (dark hair) and Audrey Rogero (ginger hair).

Presented as part of Festival of the North East, the work is inspired by the landscape painter’s walking tour, through County Durham and Northumberland in 1797, during which he sketched and painted.

The touring production of The Unfolding Sky had its premiere at Bamburgh Castle at the weekend and will visit Tynemouth Priory on Thursday, June 13, at 7pm.

Dora said: “Turner’s artwork was controversial in his lifetime yet he is now perhaps the best-loved English romantic painter and acknowledged as elevating landscape painting to new prominence.

“His work remains radical, poetic and dynamic in its use of colour and suggested form and with a strong sense of movement.

“The Unfolding Sky is a celebration of Turner’s work and of some of our best loved heritage sites.”

The outdoor performance lasts approximately 40 minutes and people are asked to dress for the weather conditions on the day, bringing along something to sit on.

Tickets are £10 (£7 concessions) and are available by calling (0191) 200 5895, or from www.delivr.com/2448u

There is also an opportunity to take part in an arts workshop, inspired by the show, at the Tynemouth Station market on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, between 10am and 3pm. All ages are welcome.