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Ashbourne Festival: Trolleys - a quirky look at the life of a supermarket trolley

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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ASHBOURNE Festival group has announced one of the many thrilling acts on offer at its popular two-day Streetfest, to be held on June 21 and 22.

Trolleys, which was the winner of the Argus Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival in 2012, is described by organisers as "part dance, part ballet, part outdoor spectacle".

Australian choreographer Shaun Parker has collaborated with London's C-12 Dance Theatre to present Trolleys.

He says: "It's a ballet for supermarket trolleys. Five shopping trolleys randomly appear in a public space. Two meet and fall in love. One grapples to find a friend.

"Three others revolt and ignite a dance of anarchy. They will spin, glide and slide in this highly physical, humorous outdoor performance where high-octane contemporary dance, acrobatics and street dance merge with the extraordinary world of trolleys."

Recent reviews have raved about the show.

The Times said: "Parker always has something up his sleeve" and the Brighton Argus gave it five stars, saying: "Set to a pulsating score, it was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. This was art accessible for the masses."

The C-12 Dance Theatre was founded in 2005 and is run by artistic director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster and producer Adam Towndrow. They met as students at Middlesex University and have gone on to become a dynamic partnership, being an artistic platform encompassing theatrical production, outdoor performance and film.

They have been responsible for numerous productions including Shhh!, One, The Chair, East Side Story and Suspect Number 4.

Each work draws on the theatre's agenda for dance participation and its determination to reach new audiences, particularly among young people.

Ashbourne Festival is being held this year from June 20 until July 6, with the weekend Streetfest on June 21 and 22. Acts confirmed so far include Mike Raffone, a much-loved modern take on the clown and Miss Red, from Australia, who will presents a world-class lasso, comedy, club spinning and juggling show suitable for all ages.

Old favourites will be returning, too. The Traffic Wardens will be around and no one is safe from their wit, plus Simon Airey will be getting folk up close and personal with his weird and wonderful creatures.

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