The Sandman brings sleep by dropping sand into the eyes of humans and uses a magical rainbow umbrella to impart good dreams, or a dark umbrella to send nightmares.
We follow the story of a woman who is desperate to bring good dreams to her ailing husband - so desperate that she is willing to follow the Sandman into the DreamWorld to steal the dream umbrellas. There she meets many bizarre and entertaining characters including the timid Monster-under-the-Bed, the Puppet who yearns for freedom from his strings, the Unformed Dreams, and of course, The Sandman himself.
The woman steals the dream umbrellas and returns to the real world where she gives beautiful, magical dreams to her husband and others with the rainbow umbrella.
But what will happen if the umbrellas get mixed up? You'll have to wait and see....
'THE SANDMAN' is a contemporary ballet inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson tale of Ole Lukøje and features an original score by composer Tim Mountain.
***** 5 STARS “…captivating choreography…” “…impressive performances…” (‘Everything Theatre’ on CDC’s ‘Duology’)
CDC is run by choreographers Paul Chantry & Rae Piper, who are also known for their work on popular shows including ‘GANGSTA GRANNY’ and the ‘HORRIBLE HISTORIES’ stage shows.
A curtain-raiser performance by the Young Choreographers Celebration winners will take place as part of this production.
Post-show talkback included. www.chantrydancecompany.org
Note: Chantry Dance Company will be giving an accompanying talk on Contemporary Dance on 19 July. This event is FREE but tickets must be booked in advance - click here for more details
Photograph: Dani Bower
THE SANDMAN - trailer from Rae Piper on Vimeo.